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    Default Obama's armour-plated limo gets stuck at U.S. Embassy

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    It's designed to protect the President from terror attacks but Barack Obama was left red-faced after one of his armour-plated Cadillacs was brought to a halt as it left the U.S. Embassy in Dublin.

    The car had to be abandoned after the collision in front of waving crowds while Mr Obama and his wife were en route to his ancestral home in County Offaly.

    Luckily, the vehicle that broke down was the spare limo used by the President's Secret Service protection team.

    When the President is riding in one, the vehicle is officially known as Cadillac One. However, it's more apt nickname is 'The Beast'.

    Specially built for Mr Obama, the General Motors GM.N vehiclse boasts its own oxygen supply in case of chemical attack and puncture resistant, run-flat tyres reinforced with kevlar.

    However none of this, it appears, could overcome the might of a lowly speed hump.

    Occupants were relocated into other vehicles and the motorcade departed out another exit without further incident. There were no injuries.

    'The size of our vehicles is always an issue and taken into consideration during the advance process. However, it only takes a slight miscalculation for problem like this to occur.'

    The incident will bring Obama's security into question. His aides have gone to great lengths to ensure the President's safety while he's visiting the UK.

    Such is the emphasis on security that Mr Obama’s team has even asked to fit bomb-proof double glazing to the windows of his guest suite at Buckingham Palace.
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