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Watch: Obama Limo Gets Stuck on Curb at U.S. Embassy in Dublin


President Obama's car, aka "The Beast", was hobbled by a driveway as it tried to leave the U.S. Embassy in Dublin in front of a large crowd.

AFP reports:

RTE said Obama and his wife Michelle stayed in the car while security officials and police officers went running over to the stranded vehicle.

After a while, the Obamas switched to another car to drive to the Marine Force One helicopter waiting to whisk them to the village of Moneygall, where one of Obama's great-great-great-grandfathers came from.

The Beast is designed to withstand all manner of attacks.


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  1. That's hilarious. They never tried it out BEFORE they put them in to the car? How did they get it into the Embassy in the first place?

    They should have followed QE2 and taken a Range Rover...

    Posted by: hugo | May 23, 2011 11:02:28 AM

  2. That's perfect. Tell me that's not a perfect contemporary metaphor.

    Posted by: Fantastic | May 23, 2011 11:11:06 AM

  3. The real story is his visit to Moneygall and having a stone cold pint of Guinness in the only country in the world to serve it right.

    Posted by: yonkersconquers | May 23, 2011 11:15:27 AM

  4. The Beast is designed to withstand all manner of attacks, except, apparently European roads.

    or maybe Michelle has put on a few pounds.

    Posted by: Chadd | May 23, 2011 11:31:25 AM

  5. @ CHADD

    Don't quit your day job.

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | May 23, 2011 12:32:03 PM

  6. Well, the car was designed during the Bush years. So there you have it.

    Posted by: Hank | May 23, 2011 12:43:21 PM

  7. Ireland doesn't want to let him go

    His great-great-great grandfather came from Ireland. During the campaign the Irish claimed he was thoroughly a son of Eire' who was just misspelling his last name

    It should be O'bama

    like O'neill & O'hara etc

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv | May 23, 2011 12:51:12 PM

  8. they never should have opted for the LWB.

    Posted by: Oliver | May 23, 2011 1:36:08 PM

  9. Those curb stones are vicious and crafty opponents.

    Posted by: Diogenes | May 23, 2011 2:19:53 PM

  10. Just watched him make the speech of his life to 100,000 people in a packed Dublin College square......just astonishing !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 23, 2011 2:47:52 PM

  11. Might be a tad embarrassing for whoever planned the beast to drive in there, but overall it means a few more Towleroad readers get to know about his Dublin trip. Highlights on

    Posted by: Mike | May 23, 2011 3:32:50 PM

  12. Thanks for that link Mike! Great coverage. You can tell this is a big deal for Ireland.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | May 23, 2011 4:52:18 PM

  13. Clinton and Gore came to speak at the University of Illinois when I was a sophomore there...on the way home, Air Force One got stuck in the mud at Willard Airport and they had to bring in another 707 to bring the president back to DC.

    Posted by: Dave in Chicago | May 23, 2011 4:52:53 PM

  14. So Obama has been here today, and the Queen was here last week. So the question...

    When are YOU coming to Ireland?!? C'mon over, we're great craic... :D

    Posted by: PDB | May 23, 2011 5:13:46 PM

  15. Anyone who owns a long/wide sports car (insert my whistling sound here) knows to take such driveways at a sharp angle. The Secret Service now knows The Beast needs similar treatment.

    Posted by: Drew | May 23, 2011 6:00:30 PM

  16. The Beast is EXTREMELY heavy [armor plating + security and communications equipment].Very amusing it got stuck on a curb.

    Saw O'Bama last week in Boston. His helicopter landed at Harvard Medial in the Longwood Ave/Brigham Circle section of Jamaica Plain/Boston. He then took a motorcade down rt. 9 Brookline to a Chestnut Hill mansion for a fund-raiser. 30 [!] police motorcycle escort.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 23, 2011 7:08:19 PM

  17. Watch the President give a rousing speech yesterday before 60,000 people at the College Green in Dublin, Ireland:

    Posted by: Danny | May 24, 2011 10:15:43 AM

  18. Barry Hussein Obama's ego finally got too heavy for even the 2.6ton Presidential limo. Should just leave him stuck there, don't come back. EVER.

    Posted by: Rob | May 24, 2011 12:20:59 PM

  19. Rob rob sir are a short-sighted idiot.

    Posted by: Geoff | May 25, 2011 1:50:35 AM

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