Aug 17, 2011

$1.1 Million Bus for Obama's Midwest Bus Tour

$1.1 million bus purchased by the Secret Service is to be used by US President Barack Obama in his tour across states in the Midwest.

According to Associated Press, the brand new impenetrable-looking bus has the size of a cross-country Greyhound, painted all in black, with dark tinted windows and flashing red and blue lights.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan emphasized that the bus wasn't purchased solely for the president and would be used for other dignitaries in the future. He said the agency has not previously had buses in its fleet and was overdue to get some since it's had to protect politicians traveling by bus for decades.

Donovan said two buses were purchased and one is being used by Obama as he travels through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. Both will be used by other officeholders and candidates.

Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

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