Tom Nelson brushes off an old candidate Obama quote to help illustrate how things change.
In front of a crowd of 75,000 people in Portland, Oregon, Barack Obama made the following statement:
“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK”
After President Obama takes the oath of office in January, he may have a shiny new black limousine to go along with his not-so-new White House. General Motors is believed to be putting the final touches on a new first car.
The photographer noted that the limousine was being tested, possibly for comparison purposes, with a pair of GMC Topkick medium-duty trucks. The limousine seemed to be riding on the same 19 1/2-inch Goodyear Regional RHS tires as the trucks, indicating that it is far heavier than a civilian Cadillac – even the longest stretch limousines built with the GM division’s heavy-duty coachbuilder package. Indeed, it is believed that the limo is based on GM’s 2500 line of trucks, which includes an extra-heavy-duty version of the Suburban.
Aircraft tie-downs welded to the chassis allow the limousine to be transported aboard a military cargo jet, which also often carries the Secret Service’s Suburban escort vehicles and at least one limo used as a backup or decoy.