Obama's Beast Loses Presidential Seal on Philadelphia Roads

US President Barack Obama’s official limo has turned into a real VIP itself, with recent events putting it in the center of attention. The vehicle has been involved in various more or less embarrassing incidents, which make it suitable for articles in the tabloids.

Following the President’s visit to Ireland in late May 2011, when it got stuck at an exit ramp at the American Embassy in Dublin, the armored Caddy has now begun losing stuff while on the move.

No, we are not talking about any member of the Obama family, but about an official seal attached to the limo’s body. The Beast, as it is affectionately nicknamed, lost one of the gold-rimmed presidential accessories that are placed on the doors while running on Interstate 76, CNN reports, while President Obama's motorcade was on its way to the airport after his fundraising visit to Philadelphia.

"It happens periodically,"
Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan. "They're only magnetic. They're not put on any special way."

Donovan said agents and Philadelphia police returned to the area in question that night and looked for it, but they couldn’t spot it in the dark. Luckily, a Philadelphia police officer found the seal on the side of the road and brought it to the Secret Service field office. The magnetic seal is now being returned to Washington.

However, the lost of a presidential seal is not such a big deal for The Beast, whose other attributes are much more important. In fact, what’s behind the seal that matters, and that’s some 8-inch thick armor plating, all meant to keep the passengers safe.
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