Shared Sacrifice: During His Bus Tour, Obama Didn’t Really Ride The Bus

Correction Apparently the President did ride the bus between the stops on the bus tour, but flew the buses to the midwest from Washington DC and back again.

To facilitate Obama’s “bus tour” of midwest America, the Secret Service bought two large buses and set about customizing them to fit the security needs of the president. The buses sport bulletproof black windows, puncture-proof tires, five-inch thick doors, and their own oxygen supplies (and probably an assortment of other goodies the Secret Service is keeping classified for obvious reasons).

And the Secret Service had to train agents specially to drive them. “Agents will be taught to back up at very high rates of speed using just the mirrors on either side,” says Ronald Kessler, author of In The President’s Secret Service. “It really takes guts to do that.”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the buses were necessary because “The president needs to get out in the country and meet with real folks in real places.”

“A plane [the size of Air Force One] is hard to get into small communities.”

But here’s the thing: Apparently President Obama only rode the buses for a couple of miles at a time, spending the rest of the time flying from community to community in Air Force One. What’s more, the buses were flown from stop to stop as well. It’s normal practice for the President’s entire motorcade to be loaded up on cargo planes and flown from destination to destination. The buses were just a new part of that motorcade.

But why wouldn’t the presidential limousine have sufficed? Or one of the other armored vehicles that routinely travel with the President? Apparently because the President wanted the imagery of a bus. And buses are what he got.

To be fair, the buses are apparently going to be re-used by the Secret Service. “The second bus is expected to be used by the Republican presidential candidate and both will eventually be used for visiting dignitaries and future officeholders and candidates,” reports the CS Monitor.

Be that as it may, it all seems rather extravagant for a nation teetering on the edge of a double-dip recession and facing a national debt crisis.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Bat One

    All facade… and no substance.  Obama has been exactly that his entire career.

  • A Citizen

    The “fraud in chief.”

  • Kevin Flanagan

    Busses are for the bourgeoisie, not the ruling elite.

  • VocalYokel

    He had to have something to throw people under…

  • tony_o2

    I guess he was saving all the “change” for bus fare…..

  • awfulorv

    What do you bet that, at least some, portions of that Minnesota road he traveled over required road work, after his entourage had passed, due to the extreme weight of the vehicles? 

    • VocalYokel

      That’s job creation !

      Don’t you understand Obamanomics?

  • Goon

    The let them eat cake president…. Wow!!!

  • flamemeister


    • Kevin Flanagan

      Win the Future?

      • flamemeister

        Ah … yes … something like that …

  • ellinas1

    Penis envy!

    • Hal345

      Classy as usual.

      • robert108

        The little princess is always telling us what’s on her mind.

      • ellinas1

        Not worried about being “classy”.

    • tony_o2

      Just because your therapist told you to talk about your problems, doesn’t mean that you have to unload them on us….

      • ellinas1

        LOL. Good one tony

  • Proof

    Well, at least he bought them in Canada!

  • Proof

    Anyone else notice the similarity of that picture of Obama at the front of the bus?

  • SigFan

    With Obama, everything is about appearing to be something he is not – competent, in touch, and capable of leading.  He is a deceiver, a fraud, a poseur, a charlatan and not worthy of the office he was elected to.  And more and more people are finally awakening to that reality – let’s Hope it’s not too late to Change.

  • mikemc1970

    A listening tour for the most tone deaf president ever. Do Liberals realize the things they say never seem to match their actions?

  • Flo

    Rob:  Did you hear Mark Levin reference this article about 10 minutes ago?

    • Rob

      I didn’t hear it.  Waiting for the podcast to come up!

  • The GP

    “The second bus is expected to be used by the Republican presidential candidate.”
    Huh? The GOP candidate had better run a thorough security check for listening devices, spy cameras and sabotage.

  • Liam2007

    This story has already been debunked, check Human Events.

  • Kev

    What’s most telling about this article is that the writer put the debunking factoid in at the beginning but left the entirely incorrect article posted.  Think about that.

  • Nonbot

    Swallowed it hook line and sinker didn’t you wing bots.

    • ellinas1

      They sure did.