In a richly symbolic embarrassment, Barack Obama's armored limousine, nicknamed "the Beast," got stuck on a ramp coming out of the underground parking garage at the US Embassy in Dublin. Many wags have suggested that Michelle Obama being on board had somethign to do with it, a claim that cannot be totally dismissed in light of the First Lady's "favorite snack" recipe that was revealed to the hostess of one of Mrs. Obama's South Lawn "Let's Move Series."
Although nutritional information was not released on the oatmeal bars preferred by the First Lady, and independent analyst checked out the ingredients and calculated that a single 3 by 1.5 inch square would contain 207 calories, most of them from fat and sugar.
But instead of dwelling on the past, David Paulin helpfully suggests that for future ramp encounters:
The Secret Service ought to go out to L.A. and have some of those Latino low-rider guys rig up the presidential limo to bounce. Here are some guys (click here) who ought to be able to do the job. Can you imagine doing this to the presidential limo? It would be so coooool! And I'm sure this would defeat any speed bumps the presidential limo encountered. The limo could jump right over them!
Joking aside, this was a serious moment of vulnerability, and it must have frightened the President, his wife, and the Secret Service.