PRESIDENT Barack Obama’s limo, the Beast, is at the centre of another international incident.
The US President flew to Israel today for his first presidential visit to the Middle East state. But if he was hoping for a familiar vehicle once he landed, he was sorely mistaken.
His black limo, which can hold up to seven people in its bulletproof interior, had ground to a halt on the motorway between Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport and Jerusalem earlier in a dress rehearsal for the Presidential visit.
The problem, according to Israeli news reports, was that the car had been filled with diesel instead of regular gasoline.
A local tow-truck company, owned by Moti Matmon, said the US Consulate in Jerusalem called him this morning and asked him to recover the car. Matmon said that the vehicle had broken down after been given the wrong fuel.
Mr Obama wouldn’t be getting a discount, he told reporters.
Although the breakdown occurred just before Obama landed in Israel, it’s not the first time, the Beast has made international headlines.
Back in May 2011 when President Obama and his wife visited Dublin, the Beast shuddered to a halt after it hit a speed ramp at the US embassy in Ballsbridge.
The President and the first lady Michelle Obama were in the vehicle when it became trapped on an exit ramp as they were leaving following lunch with US Ambassador Dan Rooney.
The couple were forced to transfer from the vehicle to a second identical limousine to travel to a helicopter scheduled to bring them to his ancestral home in Moneygall, Co Offaly.
The incident, which lasted for five to six minutes, sparked an immediate response from gardai and the President’s security detail. A minivan was pulled in front of ‘The Beast’ while new arrangements were put in place.