July 28th, 2009
03:04 PM ET
14 years ago

Fill Up the Beast!

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/28/art.obamalimo0728.gi.jpg caption="President Obama's limo is casually known as 'the Beast.'"]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The President's vehicle fondly known as "the Beast" just pulled into the BP gas station on the corner of 13th and N Streets, NW in Washington.

I was filling my own tank when the four-vehicle motorcade pulled up to the station.

The heavily-armored black limousine with license plate #800-002 was unmistakable.

The other black vehicles with their flashing red lights stood by as Secret Service agents jumped out of their vehicles to fill up.

People pumping their gas at the local station looked on incredulously.

The station is a popular neighborhood hangout next to the Mr. Wash full service brushless car wash, and Jerry Chan's Chinese takeout. Cigarettes are sold by the singles, and occasionally the homeless ask for change.

I approached the agent who got out of the car and asked "that's the beast, isn't it?"

He said yes, they had returned the President to the White House after a health care event at the AARP.

"We come here all the time" he said.

I asked how much it costs to fill the Beast.

"We're just topping it off" he said. "We never let it go close to empty, but we fill it with the Ultimate."

$2.88 a gallon here, and a lot of curious onlookers.

Filed under: President Obama
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Lisa, Saugus MA

    And this is news why?

    Now if President Obama got out and started pumping his own gas...then maybe and that is just a maybe that would be news.

    August (normally a slow news time) is going to be awful if this is the best you have now!

    July 28, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Bev - NYC

    Really CNN, I am a fan of the President but not everything Obama belongs on the ticker.

    July 28, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Kelby In Houston, TX

    why is this on the political ticker? This isn't news!
    I think you should be more responsive to your commentors.
    I think you should set up a system that allows us to post a response to somebody's comment directly. That would be so cool.
    Oh, and in conclusion, this isn't news.

    July 28, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. IQ test required for all VOTERS!

    Yes, and?????

    July 28, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. AJ

    So the car needs gas. This is news?

    July 28, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. bob

    WHAT has happened to your quality control, CNN, that THIS would be a ticker item?

    July 28, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. Shucks

    I know the republicans think this is a waste of taxpayer money. Next they'll want him in a armoured Mini Cooper.

    July 28, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |