Obama Takes Gas-Guzzling ‘Beast’ To Clean Energy Summit

Presidential limo weighs eight tons, runs on diesel

LISBON (CBS) — Diplomats from Portugal and other European NATO leaders met with President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss energy-friendly electric cars, but Obama’s mode of transport may have stolen the show.

Weighing over eight tons, the “Beast”, Obama’s diesel-guzzling armored limousine was flown out to Lisbon before his arrival, carting him off from the runway to the first of his meetings scheduled throughout the weekend.

While Prime Minister Jose Socrates and president of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso arrived in zero-emission electric cars, the Beast’s roar may have done more to drown out the summit’s message and the advances made in its host nation.

“I’d like to underline the priority both our countries assign to renewable energy and electric vehicles,” Socrates said.

Portugal boasts what it calls the world’s first national electric vehicle charging network, with 100 power outlets in 25 towns, with 1,300 set for installment by 2011.

The White House, meanwhile, had no immediate reaction to the presidential faux-paus, but has previously refused to acknowledge any changes to Obama’s security detail.

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  • Rick

    Can you say DUH? This guy is clueless in some form or fa$hion.

  • ginny25

    Remember,he has lots of plans for how we all should live but it doesn’t include him. Even his wife is pushing the end/control of childrens obesity but he still grabs his burgers and ice cream cones.

  • Greg

    This whole story is stupid. Of course he needs an armored car in a foreign country. This sounds like some right wing tree hugger wanted to run his stupid biased mouth instead of sticking to the important news. WTH has cbs come down to? Tisk Tisk

  • mister s

    Im no Obama fanatic but I dont view him to harshly for this. They took his armored limo along because it fits better into plans to keep the president safe. The United States is hated a bit more than most countries and it stands to reason that extra measures would be taken. I remember a few years back there was a hearing on capitol hill regarding the environment or clean emmisions or something of that nature. All ofour senators showed up in smart, fuel efficient and/or environmentally friendly cars. After it was over, the press tailed some of them only to see our politicians basically drive a mile away, hop in their gas guzzling SUV’s and take off home. As far as him grabbing burgers and ice cream while his wife campaigns against childhood obesity….. hes an adult.

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