Tel Aviv Breakdown: Presidential Limo Towed — (And Replaced)

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A limousine carrying President Barack Obama on March 20, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel.

Now here’s an energy crisis:

Diesel fuel in the presidential limo, a gas-guzzler.

Fortunately for the White House, however, there are many presidential limos.

So when part of President Barack Obama’s fleet in Israel ended up on a flatbed truck today, the Secret Service was ready with stand-ins.

Obama was never in the one that broke down, replaced before his arrival in Tel Aviv.

The Israels blamed the incident on the Americans, according to Israeli TV, reporting: “The Americans filled it up with diesel, rather than petrol.”

The Times of Israel reported that a replacement was ferried from a storage facility in Jordan — the last leg of the president’s tour of Israel, the West Bank and a visit to King Abdullah II.

Of course, the Times also called the armored car, aka “The Beast,” a Chevrolet. It’s a Cadillac.

Edwin Donovan, spokesman for the Secret Service, had this to say:

“One of our protective vehicles experienced mechanical problems in Israel earlier today. This is why we bring multiple vehicles and a mechanic on all trips. Situations like this are planned for extensively by our advance teams so that the president’s itinerary is unaffected by these types of issues.”

Donovan said he “did not have a read” on the specific cause of the breakdown.

They may not blame it on the Israelis until after they leave.

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