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Old 08-16-2011, 10:37 AM   #1
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The Secret Service has revealed to Talking Points Memo that the government has purchased two armored buses for use by President Barack Obama and Republican candidates in the 2012 presidential campaign and beyond.

The agency initially declined to tell TPM whom the buses were bought from, but based on some searches of federal databases it looked to me like the seller was Hemphill Brothers Coach Co. of Whites Creek, Tenn. Last July, the Service signed a contract for nearly $2.2 million with the firm, according to a federal procurement database. (The entry doesn't specify the number of buses.)

"The contract you found is the contract," Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said Thursday morning. "It's two buses for $1.1 million each."
"We've been overdue for having this asset in our protective fleet for some time," Donovan said. "We've been protecting presidential candidates and vice presidential candidates all the way back to the 1980s using buses during bus tours."

In the past, the service leased buses and then tried to fit them with extra security gear. But that can't provide the assurance of starting from scratch.
"They're certainly going to be used for bus tours around the country," as well as other events, Donovan said. "When protectees go to remote areas, go camping or on a motorcyle trip, we''ll bring the asset out as a mobile security facility." (Kind of like a congressman's mobile office, I guess.)
The final cost of the two new buses will exceed $2.2 million, because the Service prefers to add its own aftermarket security features to vehicles. Donovan said the service will do so in this instance as well.

The $1.1 million price tag is roughly in line with costs for custom-made, luxury motorcoaches. This company quotes prices of $1.5 million to $2.5 million for a new luxury bus.

UPDATE: This post has been updated with comment from the Secret Service.
http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshge...red_buses.html
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:42 AM   #2
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Sorry BigElm it is little busy here and I am trying to put the news up in Hurry. If it is to PP for here move it, Thank you Avanti
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I think it's relevant--it's about buses, even if the story you linked to is on politico. I think autoblog covered it as well as I saw it in my feed this morning.

On the other hand, the green = cash pun is kind of lame. The Secret Service spends all manner of money protecting the President and other dignitaries, and they take their job seriously regardless of the particulars of the person holding the office. They're professionals. If they feel that building two buses will be more secure than retrofitting leased buses than I'm all for it.
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