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Obama's limo breaks down in Jerusalem

The Secret Service used the wrong fuel during the president's first visit to Israel.

By Clifford Atiyeh Mar 20, 2013 9:27AM
President Barack Obama's limo broke down in Israel this morning after the Secret Service filled the giant Cadillac with gasoline instead of diesel, according to multiple reports.

The custom Cadillac, better known as "The Beast" because of its GMC Topkick frame, heavy-duty powertrain and estimated 8-ton curb weight, would not start at Ben-Gurion Airport in Jerusalem. It was towed on a flatbed truck to a repair shop, likely for a very pricey repair job (view photos). CNN confirmed with an unnamed state official that the car was fueled incorrectly.

Obama flew on the Marine One helicopter instead and didn't need the limo upon his arrival, his very first to Israel since becoming president in 2008. The U.S. regularly keeps several "Beasts" in stock at any moment.

Mismatching fuel can cause irreparable engine damage -- not to mention the need to flush out and replace fuel lines, injectors, tanks and other systems. To prevent mistakes, many diesel pumps have coiled metal on the nozzles to prevent their entry into a gasoline tank, but gasoline nozzles typically do not, which likely led to the Secret Service foolishly refueling the car with gasoline.

It's not the first time the Secret Service has damaged one of the president's cars. During a visit to Ireland in May 2011, the limo bottomed out in front of a large crowd outside the U.S. embassy in Dublin and became stuck, although Obama was not in the car at that time, either.

[Source: CNN]
661Comments
Mar 20, 2013 10:58AM
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All the greatest minds work for the government
Mar 20, 2013 11:04AM
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Trying to find a way to blame President Bush....?
Mar 20, 2013 11:02AM
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And we trust these guys with security?!!!!
Mar 20, 2013 11:03AM
Mar 20, 2013 11:08AM
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OY!   The Secret service doesn't know the diff between Diesel and regular? Maybe they were texting for hookers for a motel meet while at the old gas station.

Mar 20, 2013 11:00AM
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And how much are we paying members of the secret service? I assume they buy gas for their personal vehicles and fuel up themselves so they should know the difference. Using gas in a diesel could cause an explosian. Stupidity or plan?
Mar 20, 2013 11:06AM
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Blame it on the sequester, Hell they blame eveything else on it.
Mar 20, 2013 10:57AM
Mar 20, 2013 11:02AM
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President Obama wants alternative fuels, and yet he uses diesel, which A: costs us more, and B: is worse on the environment.
Mar 20, 2013 11:09AM
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how stupid and ignorant of the secret serviceman.....to say nothing of the waste of repair.
Mar 20, 2013 11:04AM
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There is always concern about this president's safety...what's up with these 'errors' in judgement??
Mar 20, 2013 11:06AM
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His hand picked Secret Service agents are as smart as he is. Betcha the Jews are laughing their **** off at Odumbo and his band of clowns.
Mar 20, 2013 11:15AM
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As I recall, in Israel the color of the pump handle for gasoline is green, diesel is black. Here in the states it is opposite. Easy mistake to make if you ignore the print on the pump, which is in English.
Mar 20, 2013 11:09AM
Mar 20, 2013 11:08AM
Mar 20, 2013 11:01AM
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The people protecting him are at the same level intellectually as the president.
Mar 20, 2013 11:05AM
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Remembers filling his '63 chevy truck with deisel one time. Got about a mile down the road before it quit. LOL
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