• Aug 17, 2011
As President, Barack Obama debuts a lot of things: economic plans, foreign policy... likely his own library one day. This week, however, the President debuted some serious hardware in the form of a brand-new presidential bus.

Codenamed "Stagecoach" when the President is aboard, the bus was built by well-known Canadian motorcoach builders Prevost, with an interior fitted by Nashville-based Hemphill Brothers Co., all to the tune of $1.1 million. The Secrete Service actually bought two of these buses using a fund for transportation and armored vehicles. The second will be used by whoever winds up being the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. The President's protectors also claim this purchase will turn out to be both cheaper and safer than what they used to do, which is lease a bus and temporarily outfit it with the required safety equipment.

As for what keeps the President safe in his tuxedo black motorcoach, the Secret Service is understandably silent on the issue of specs. If we use the Presidential limousine as a baseline, the new bus can likely withstand bullets, small bombs and chemical attacks, at the very least. It also probably has a supply of the President's own blood on board in case of emergencies, just like the limo, not to mention a robust cache of arms. A motorcade of over two dozen support vehicles also travels with the bus.

We're also in the dark about what's inside, but we hear it's nothing like what NASCAR drivers get. ABC News reports those who have seen the inside called it "subdued," and that the full bedroom in back has been replaced with a meeting room. Not many people beyond Obama's senior staff have even seen the inside of the bus. A cabinet secretary reportedly hitched a ride for a leg of the trip, but other guests on the tour travel behind the president in a dark red bus.

Check out more pics of the President's new rolling fortress in the gallery below, as well as two videos after the jump.




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      JonZeke
      • 3 Years Ago
      The naivety... Do people realize that of the trillions spent on national defense - taxpayer dollars - that many hundred millions go overseas to ITAR-certified suppliers? The microchips in many hand held devices used by soldiers? Made in Taiwan in some instances, more often Japan. Same goes for most of the LCDs you'll find in the dash of an Oshkosh MATV, or a UH-60 Blackhawk, or the (grossly over budget) F35. Our military vehicles don't all come from within our borders, either. Count on Canadian, British and other countries supplying critical parts. Again, all ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) regulations are there to ensure security of the part design, of its sale, and of its use... but taxpayer dollars still flow overseas, in amounts many of you will fail to comprehend. Get some perspective, people. Besides, Canada is a friend. You all have friends you give money to from time to time right?
        A_Guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JonZeke
        I definitely have friends I'll help out with money from time to time. But, we didn't just give Canada money. We exchanged it for their labor and goods. Sounds fair to me.
      bscmth
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can you imagine the diesel powertrain in this thing? The specs have to be incredible. Wow! It's the ultimate RV. It does have a little bit of an apocalyptic look to it though... doesn't it?
      bscmth
      • 3 Years Ago
      Remember Clint Eastwood in "The Gauntlet"? I will bet he wishes that he had one of these.
      Attila_ATF
      • 3 Years Ago
      It can probably suvive a hit from an RPG, I know his Limo can. 1.1m is a Bargain.
      peteyx
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you were to google shopping results for Prevost coaches, most newer ones would run nearly a million bucks. So it sounds like the gov't got a real bargain if they got all the security upgrades for what a country singer would pay for a similar bus.
      Kumar
      • 3 Years Ago
      @ Autoblog - It probably would have been better to point out that the SS leased a bus from Prevost for Bush II, and that this time around they bought it to save money in the long run. So two different administrations, two different methods, same foreign manufacturer.
      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      So much political stuff on Autoblog these days.
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wonder if it has the MRAP's V-hulled bottom?
        Kumar
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JR
        Probably a good guess. I imagine they traded out the luggage compartments (origin of the term 'thrown under the bus') for a v-shaped underside hidden down there.
      MarkyD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hahaha, "Secrete Service" xD
      Harry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow! What a cool Bus! I LOVE Prevost Buses! Such a cool looking bus! I wish I had one :) I wonder how much skill a driver must have to drive and operate one of these bad boys. Let alone park one! Anyway, it's a stunner of a Bus.
      FeMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Vote for Ron Paul in 2012.
        FeMan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FeMan
        Wow -9 on this? No wonder this country sucks. Either that or car enthusiasts don't know **** about politics. Not surprised. LOL.
          Maximum Huge
          • 3 Years Ago
          @FeMan
          see what i mean, AB deletes posts that don't fit the agenda. watch them do it again, good thing we have 'save' i've got an entire site on the things that AOL deletes - it's all stuff they don't agree with.
        A_Guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FeMan
        no u
      • 3 Years Ago
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        • 3 Years Ago
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          WillieD
          • 3 Years Ago
          The difference is that Obama denounces these things...
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        You realize that Bush also had a large motorcade, right? As did Clinton, and Bush Sr., and Regan...
        Hampton
        • 3 Years Ago
        True.The guy's a phony.He had a Chrysler 300 C Hemi courtesy of the IL. taxpayer before He had to appease the Gorebots
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