Obama's limo breaks down in Jerusalem
The Secret Service used the wrong fuel during the president's first visit to Israel.
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.
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.
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