The President's beastly bus
August 16th, 2011
11:30 AM ET

The President's beastly bus

President Obama is rolling through the Midwest this week on a three-state, campaign-style swing in a brand new, sleek, black, armored bus. It's pretty flashy - no, seriously, it is, as in it has flashing lights like a police vehicle, which were on as the president rolled into his stop in Cannon Falls, Minnesota yesterday.

The bus is one of two the Secret Service bought recently (one in April, one in June) to move "protectees" - President Obama, Vice President Biden, the First Lady and, soon, the Republican presidential nominee, as well as others.

The price tag for each bus: $1.1 million, purchased from Hemphill Brothers Coach Company in Tennessee. A representative declined to answer questions about the bus but the company's website displays a number of coaches for sale, including used buses, one of which was previously the ride of a "popular country music act".

It's the first time the Secret Service has had a bus in its fleet of vehicles, which includes armored limousines (referred to as "The Beast" when the president rides in one) that were added when President Obama took office.

The Secret Service bought the buses in anticipation of the busy 2012 presidential campaign and assisted in the design of the vehicles.

"We felt we were overdue for having an asset like this in our fleet," Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told CNN. "Candidates and presidents have been participating in bus tours since 1980."

In the past, the Secret Service has leased buses, adding protective armor and advanced communications capabilities that must be stripped from the buses to restore them to their original condition before they are returned. It was an expensive practice, costing tens of thousands of dollars per month, Donovan said, and the Secret Service expects the new buses will ultimately save money over time.

So how pimped is this ride? We don't know. The Secret Service won't reveal details and so far members of the press have yet to sneak a peek inside.


Topics: Bus Tour • President Obama • The Buzz • The Visuals

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  1. Big George in Big D

    Any way these people can be flashy, they are! How utterly disgusting. That one needs to be in the oval office making decisions (the right ones, of course, not his liberal bull) and running this country. Instead he is forever campaigning. Oh, I forgot, then a 10-day vacation on Martha's Vineyard. He sure likes going to the place that once would not have allowed it!

    August 16, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • Mike, Cleveland OH

      it's jet black with no logos, etc. How is that "flashy"?

      In contrast to Palin, et.al. that plaster their like it's a billboard.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
      • Garnet

        Who mentioned Palin? Are you fixated on her??

        August 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
      • Texas Pete

        Maybe Obama should spend some time doing his presidential duties rather then campaigning. I mean seriously, is he going to just campaign for the next 15 months? We only hired him for 48 months so he better not expect to get out of work for 1/3 his job contract.

        August 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
      • neal

        waste

        August 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
      • Name*Todd

        It can not have logos by federal law since it's a government asset. Palin is paying for her bus, not the taxpayers like obama which is why gets has logos.
        Duh.

        August 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
      • Chris Gil

        @ Texas Pete Maybe you and all other Republicans should stop bickering in office and actually do your jobs. I mean for Christ sakes you almost put our country in a crisis TWICE! Stop saying "Nay" to everything a Democrat wants passed just because it is Democratic and say yes for the benefit of the people.

        August 16, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
      • TXJim

        Thats funny Pete.. I didnt see you complaining when GWB was campaigning...

        In fact you were probably saying... "git em Dubya"...

        August 16, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
      • bg

        Really? $1.1MM is not "flashy" I find it reprehensible that my tax dollars are spent on this garbage.

        August 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
      • Ryan

        i dont get ye americans.... one minute ye love him the next he's an idiot.... yere so fickle its ridiculous!

        August 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
      • mdamone

        So Mikey – you're OK with Obama spending 1.1 on each bus, PLUS an undisclosed amount to outfit them for security, for his own bus tour, on which he is campaigning for himself, with U.S. tax payers' money, in the middle of an national economic meltdown?

        And then you compare this to Palin, who is spending her own and her supporters' funds to pull off a fraction of what the President is doing?

        We can't be sure what color the sky is in your pretty little world, but come back before it's too late. Go toward the light, Mikey, the light! As in the light of day....

        August 16, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
      • INCA

        At least the taxpayers didn't have to pay for Palin's. We're broke...remember??

        And if its for campaigning, why is OHole calling this a non-campaign event?

        August 16, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
      • Katie

        The BIG difference being that the taxpayers didn't pay $2.2 million for Palin's bus.

        August 16, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
      • Sank

        TT DIDN'T COST 1.1 MILLION DOLLARS AND IS ARMORED PLATED LIKE THE COWARD PRESIDENT IS. HE ALSO BOUGHT TWO BUSES ON TAXPAYERS MONEY. PALIN PAID FOR HERS OUT OF HER POCKET SO IF SHE WANTS TO PUT FOXTAILS ON IT THAT'S HER BUSINESS. SOON SHE WILL BE PRESIDENT AND THOSE BUSES WILL BE ON THE SELL BLOCK. I KNOW HER. SHE DID THE SAME THING IN ALASKA.

        August 16, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
      • Gbird

        So let me see if I got this right, when Obama uses Air Force One to travel, the right slams him because of the cost; and when Obama buys a couple buses to minimize travel expenses, the right slams him on the cost. But when Bush administration officials illegally campaigned for him on taxpayer money, or when Bush himself logged 68,000 air miles on Air Force One at a cost of $56,800-per-hour, for his re-election campaign, not a peep from the right.

        August 16, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
      • John m

        Campaigner in chief !! his core skill set...unfortunately the job needs a few more skills than knowing how to campaign... who cares about Palin, she isnt relevant to whats happened the last 3 years under Obama !!

        August 16, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
      • Michael

        Come on people it is just a bus. A bit souped up not not all that.

        As for the campaigning question, I fail to see how Obama has a lot of control over it. The GOP has campaigned non-stop since the McCain/Palin boat sank on fine November evening.

        POTUS Wannabees have been at it constantly, jumping in, falling out and dithering, enough of them to fill BOTH of these buses full.

        Politics is played tit for tat, if it is right and proper for the GOP to ignore all kinds of regular jobs and elected positions to play politics, then Obama can and must follow suit.

        August 16, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
      • Brian A. Kirkland

        He's saying it's flashy because there's an African-American on board. Why else would he refer to segregation on Martha's Vineyard.

        This ignorant, racist SOB, of course, doesn't know the century old history of African-Americans on the island. He just assumes blacks couldn't go anywhere that whites wanted to go in the "good old days". That's a feature of this Tea Party ilk, ignorance of American history, even as the attempt to "take our country back". They have no idea of what this country really is or how it became America.

        August 16, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
      • Geo

        To "Sank"

        Please, under no circumstances whatsoever, breed. I mean seriously, don't breed. No kids. Go get fixed, spayed, whatever it is you need to do but PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, don't breed.

        Sincerely,

        The American Public

        August 16, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
      • Laser-Guided Everything

        Secret Service bought it, folks, not the president. Money went to an American company. This president will use it, and the next one will use it, and they'll probably buy a new one for the president after that. Grow up. You might as well complain about the "flashy" White House, or the "flashy" limousines. It's all part of being the president.

        August 16, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
      • Merckx155

        Geez Pete, Obama should be his duties, what about your heroes Bush and Reagan, they hold the record for number of days on vacation. Bush spent more days on vacation than working, when you complain about that then you can complain about obama

        August 17, 2011 at 12:15 am |
      • AlbertSomar

        Hey dumbass...the article said it was "flashy" because it has flashing lights like a police vehicle!

        August 17, 2011 at 6:56 am |
      • Ellen Haygood

        Ali Velshi called the President of the United States a pimp! Does Ali know what a pimp is? I say, he called the President a pimp, "pimped out ride". No it is not! It is solid black. Fire Ali Velshi, or whatever his name is. He is not in contact with the real world! Pimps manage prostitutes. Huggy Bear had a pimped out ride.

        August 17, 2011 at 8:45 am |
      • Joe, Jacksonville, FL

        Another misleading article from part of Obama's captive media. Sure, it was PURCHASED from a bus company in Tennessee, but it was BUILT in Canada! Nice touch to help America!

        August 17, 2011 at 10:18 am |
      • Brandon

        Palin's bus wasn't paid for with our tax dollars. She can put anything on it she wants.

        August 17, 2011 at 10:52 am |
      • hannah01

        bg: Really?? He the president of the US for Christ sake. He's not supposed to be protected when he's out and about? So what if he's campaigning. You don't think a Repbulican wouldn't be doing the same thing right around this time? Gimme a break.

        August 17, 2011 at 11:22 am |
      • Vesstair

        Re. "Maybe Obama should spend some time doing his presidential duties rather then campaigning." and the various similar comments- He's, what, going campaigning in the bus for 3 days? That's a long weekend. And they've got a suite of communication equipment in the bus, so it's not like he's going to be doing something stupid where he's completely out of contact, like clearing brush in the middle of nowhere or something. Oh, wait...

        I seem to remember somebody who looked an awful lot like the President doing a fair amount this year. Things like getting Osama dead under his watch and negotiating with Republicans for weeks straight to keep the country from defaulting.

        Obama has been spending less time off than W. In 2009 he had less than half the "vacation days" Bush did in 2001 (less than Regan did in his first year, also).

        August 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
      • Timmytwotits

        Are you for real with your ignorance?

        The president's bus is flashy because it's $2 million dollars of MY MONEY BEING SPENT TO TRUCK HIM AROUND FOR NO GOOD REASON. He's flashing MY MONEY in my face every time I see that god d@mn waste of taxpayer money. If he wants to go campaigning he should do it on his OWN DIME and his OWN TIME. Instead of wasting MY money on a stupid BUS he should be in the white house fixing our country! Instead he's doing his usual... out talking when he should be in working.

        Palin paid for her own bus. She's a moron, but at least she's not RIPPING OFF THE TAXPAYERS.

        Make a little more sense now?

        August 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
      • Dustin

        If you actually read the article, they say it's flashy because of the flashing lights installed on top. I know, actually reading before you speak is a hard concept.

        August 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
      • RonM

        I think a bus that expensive, just for campaigning, should be paid for with campaign funds. Not by the taxpayer, even though it eventually would cost us anyway for the lobbyists.

        I'm tired of hearing his "stimulus, jobs, etc" honking voice and nothing changes.

        And he wants 4 more years of the same?

        Hard choices, what with the anti-gay hiding in the bushes Bachman, http://www.minnpost.com/bloisolson/2008/10/21/3976/michele_bachmanns_memorable_moments and the bible thumper from Texas.

        August 17, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
      • shades

        hey rufus, its the blackmobile

        August 17, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
      • feetofmanyskins

        In contrast to Palin's bus, Her's was paid for by her and her campaign and obama's was paid for with taxpayer's dollars and only used one week. Do you not find it odd that the bus has not been mentioned since Aug. 17 th 2011?

        January 30, 2012 at 12:49 am |
    • Umptysquat

      How many vacations did GW take? It seemed as if he was ALWAYS in Crawford.. Besides do you truly believe with all the communications devices available he must be in the White House all the time?

      August 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
      • jean2009

        He was at the Crawford Ranch when he wasn't at Camp David, Kennebunkport, or on the permanent campaign trail...the last started in 2002.

        You and I both know this is only an issue for the teapotty since no matter where a president is he is reachable 24/7.

        As for the new buses this is a decision made by the FBI to protect any President. Security is their job and they decide the best tools to safely do that job. These were purchased not just for this president, but for the safety of the final candidates for the 2012 campaign. http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshgerstein/0411/22_million_pricetag_for_Obamas_new_armored_buses.html

        August 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
      • Daniel Cleveland

        It didn't matter where George W Bish was, Dick was running the show anyway...George was just a dumb finger puppet the sheep could embrace as some faux texas redneck.....a part he played well.

        August 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
      • Robby

        How about we start questioning why either one of them took vacations. As leader of the free world there is no time for vacation. If you are president and you think you need a vacation then you are too weak to be president and should step down. GW should have stepped down before he stood up. BO should take the Chicago politics back to Chicago. Vote for liberty! Vote Ron Paul 2012

        August 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
      • Rick

        When Bush was at his ranch, it wasn't costing the gov extra to secure hotel rooms at a resort to put up his staff and family, the ranch was his home. Security was set up there and repeated used the same facitities each time. How much has this president cost the tax payers for his vacations? How much did the 1st Lady's trip to Spain cost the tax payers?

        August 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
      • mdamone

        In the middle of an economic meltdown, Obama managed to get out to the golf course 13 weeks IN A ROW earlier this summer. Now he's going on vacation again...

        He feels not one shred of leading by example or even a hint of trying to fake integrity. 9%+ unemployment, not even counting people who are no longer looking for work, and he goes on vacation. Right after his wife took the family on her recent overseas vacation to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax payer money.

        No way that's hypocritical to the Dem's. Their response is: "yeah, but GW was reading a book to SCHOOLCHILDREN when the planes hit on 9/11."

        Sad but true. Most Dem's will no idea what has hit them in 2012. It will take their party the full term of the Repub President just to get over the shock and confusion. They will start to gut and re-establish their own party's values like the Tea Party is doing now to the Repub's. Laugh today; cry in 2012.

        August 16, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
      • Brian

        GWB was great compared to this idiot!

        August 16, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
      • John

        Wolf – it is illegal, that is a fact.
        Craig – Just because you like the guy doesn't mean he has brought this country together. You can't honestly say he has brought this country together – can you? That is what he ran on remember – hope and change. Now all we can do is hope for change – Hope for Change in 2012. During his tenure we have established flash mobs, the governmnet has sued almost 1000 companies for various reasons. The governmnet has/is being sued by over 30 states, countries who were formally considered close allies are now not considered so and he has forced a massave healthcare law down our throats that appears to be illegal, and if the surpreme court takes it on, will most likely get overturned. We (hispanics) have been shuned by this guy and blacks, who follow him blindly, have the worst unemployment numbers since the great depression. Rubio in 2012.

        August 17, 2011 at 8:54 am |
    • JDH

      Yeah because saving money in the long run by owning instead of leasing and modifying then unmodifying buses is so flashy. Did you read the whole article?

      August 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Big Game James

      I think you are the biggest D in Big D!! The ultimate joy in Obama being president is that it pisses people like you off daily!!

      August 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
      • PallasAthene

        Come on CNN, we need a like button for comments like this :-)

        August 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
      • Ms. White

        and will continue to piss them off for the next five years OBAMA 2012

        August 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
      • Troy

        Hold on to that joy because that 's the only one this president is going to give you. He's a racist and is doing everything he preached against in his campaign. Perhaps we should elect the teleprompter.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
      • MD

        That's about all the joy that you can hope for – that his being in office pisses off those that want to see this country headed in a better direction. Your dear leader is incapable of leading in any meaningful way anyway

        August 16, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
      • Mr, Clean

        Ms. White
        You must be covered in white (powder) if you think Americans in their right mind will stand for 4 more years with a man child as President. Especially one that blames everyone else and refuses to take responsibilty for any thing. Dream on, there are probably some rolled up twenties laying around somewhere.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
      • S.Positive

        Yeh Yeh, Nice one. I call this upper cut in boxing

        August 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
      • Wolf

        The joy is mine as well, oh, those daily right wing rants beat cookies at coffee time anyday!

        August 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
      • isaac

        AIR FORCE ONE GOLD BUS AND I HEV NO work OBAMA GO TO HELLLL

        August 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
      • Mr.Black

        Well im pissed off NOT because we have a black president, and I say that because I know exactly what u meant, but because this country elected a motivational speaker who has no clue as how to run a country, and i mean that in the most sincere way picklekisser

        August 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
      • Kelly

        AMEN!!

        August 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
      • ZysPsyk

        Nothing like the vanity pop cultured inspired idiocy of Obama supporters. Supporting a guy because 1.) he is black and 2.) everyone hates him is the epitome of idiocy. You are what is wrong with this country, go find a nice fire and jump in it to make the world a better place.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
      • brownstain

        GWB-Crawford- ring a bell?

        August 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
      • steve buck

        issac, it's not our president's fault that you are either to dumb or too uneducated to find a job. get off your but, back away from your keyboard, get skill and stfu

        August 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
      • TXJim

        Isaac.. you "hev" no work because you have no spelling ability...

        August 16, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
      • Grady

        Funny how you OB lovers are hypocrites and use tactics to evade and bring up Bush. Obama does the same thing and HE IS A PUPPET. Libs always say how we block things but did all the same back in the day.

        August 16, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
      • Brandon Woods

        Ladies and Gentlemen please read this quick essay. President Obama is not a bad president. He does not have the power to dictate where we spend our money. The Constitution gave that specific power to the House of Reps. The first point I want to make is when the Secret Service purchased this bus they did it in anticipation that our current President as well as future Presidents would want to go on bus tours. In other words it was not bought just for President Obama. Secondly, I would hope that everyone understands that every department in the Executive Branch is granted a budget to work with. They do not just have free range to spend what ever money they want. When they purchased the buses, they did so using the money that was already allocated to the Secret Service. Finally, the Secret Service has been charged with the responsibility to protect the President of the United States as well as previous Presidents. They had to figure out a way to transport the President and his entourage efficiently. Would anyone out there rather have the Secret Service lease buses every time a tour came up? I think not but then again its just my opinion. Look people I get it. I understand why everyone is mad at this President. Its because it is far easier to blame one person versus trying to blame a whole congress. Please keep in mind it is Congress who votes on bills that effects our nation. It is Congress who votes on bills that have to do with Spending. It is Congress who passes bills that benefit the lobbyist and the special interest. It seems to me that we just need a new Congress not a President.

        August 16, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
      • Brian

        You probably dont pay taxes...

        August 16, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
      • Timmytwotits

        A perfect example of why you big party Democrat fools are going to lead our country right into the crapper. You're happy to sit by and fiddle while Rome burns as long as it pisses off "the conservatives".

        Stop being a bunch of partisan douche bags and recognize: Obama and Bush are equally awful and have BOTH done nothing but make things worse. You ignorant fools, this isn't liberal vs. conservative, that's the song you dance to while they BOTH screw you every day and twice on Sundays. Wake up! Stop voting for these big-party political SCUMBAGS!

        August 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
      • West

        Ah the Obama haters. Who do you think would have done better at fixing the economy that Bush practically destroyed, McCain/Palin? Obama will absolutely get re-elected and in 50 years will likely be looked upon as the President who kept the economy from completely collapsing, who finally provided access to decent health care for all Americans, who significantly reduced the possibility of terrorists getting a nuclear device (and won a Nobel Peace Prize), etc. He will be remembered favorably long after your sorry a$$es have been forgotten.

        August 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      Interesting how you object to the expense of a POLITICIAN RUNNING FOR OFFICE, then close the comment with a racist comment about "never being allowed to go there before".
      Well, we know where you are coming from.
      You want that darkie killed out of office, rather than protected as a PRESIDENT should be, candidates PROTECTED AS THEY SHOULD BE.
      In short, you are the most anti-American person in the nation.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
      • Big George in Big D not too bright

        Wzrd1,
        precisely.

        Trailer trash, bigoted, uneducated, simple minded fools with computers.

        The satisfaction that I have is when all of this is said and done, this numb skull still get to go back to his little world and be fat dumb and retarded. There is a reason why these tools are called Palin stupid. This punk is a prime example.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
      • John

        Even you, who support him, has caught him in a lie without realizing it. It would be illegal for him to be campaigning on our dime. He says this is not a campaign tour, even though we all know he is. This is simply the president speaking to the people, according to his "people"...
        BTW, is it a racist comment to state that a place use to not allow black people to go there? This guy has sure divided this country. It has more to do with class than it does with race.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
      • Ted Ward

        BTW Martha's Vineyard, contrary to some comments here to the contrary, has a very long , exceptional, and well established history of allowing "them to be there" not "not allowing them to be there". So the "racist" remarks about Martha's Vineyard are largely incorrect and do not apply.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
      • Troy

        that's not racist, that's fact. Why is it when you disagree with this crook of a president you are labeled racist. If that's the case call me the GRAND WIZARD!! When you have no argument you start calling names.Hmmm, sounds like second grade. Any speaking of reelection have you seen his approval rating?

        August 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
      • Wolf

        If a president is not able to campaign on tax payers account, how have they been campaigning all these years?
        Isn't the POTUS by definition paid by the tax payer, all the time?
        So John, I call b.s. on you...

        August 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
      • Havok

        I'm an Obama guy myself but I cant see how the comment was racist. He said Obama wouldnt have been able to go there previously. Thats not racist, its just a sad commentary about civil rights years ago.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
      • Havok

        @Ted Ward – check out the book "African Americans on Martha's Vineyard"

        August 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
      • Craig

        @John...THIS guy sure had divided this country?? Wow, what rock have you been living in the past 15 years. Listen to some of the crazy, right wing rhetoric bandied about in the last few presidential cycles and then we'll talk. Geesh. How convenient to blame the one in office. Have you seen the price tag on the two wars that your boy got us into??

        August 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
      • Brian

        It's funny how someone always plays the race card...Obama hates this country period! Barrakaliptsnow Obamageddon is ruining our country1

        August 16, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
      • sylvia

        THANK you! Well said!

        August 17, 2011 at 2:24 am |
    • TWM

      Agreed.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
      • albert

        i think this was not his decision to make , but that of the FBI i think they all need it due to security issue.this should not be an issue to pong him for .

        August 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
    • Big George is a Big Doofus

      I know that everyone are entitled to have an opinion, but yours, sir, is stupid!

      What are you takling about "forever campaigning"??? He just got on the friggin bus!

      And what kind of thinly veiled racism is behind "He sure likes going to the place that once would not have allowed it!"??? (thats probably why he got his own bus too – so he could sit in the front, right?)

      Big George, if you are a good boy and take your meds, they might let you back in the play room.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
      • An American of the old type

        There is no Like button on this. but I'm making my own anyhow. Big George is also a big jerk.

        August 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
      • sylvia

        I LIKE also. Big George might be a troll. Just being stupid to see how many comments he can get.

        August 17, 2011 at 2:30 am |
    • marc

      They wouldn't have allowed you in there either....

      August 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • older bull

      Well... President Obama could take the rest of the year off and still not come close to the amout of time bush2 spent "on the ranch" !

      August 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
      • Garnet

        At least GW spent the majority of his "time off" here in the country....Not in other countries in which he Bashed his own!

        August 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
      • RA

        I HOPE he takes the rest of the year off! And next year too! Then we can CHANGE things for the better. Obama can't mess anything else up while on vacation and we might have a chance to recover. Please have him take Biden with him too and give him some etiquette lessons. Name calling is so 5th grade of Biden...

        August 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Clair R

      Wow...clearly ignorance is home grown in "D". Are you aware of the number of days G. W. Bush took for vacation? Pres. Obama's vacation schedule pales in comparison.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
      • Brian

        10 trillion debt under GWB 14 trillion under idiot Obama...answer that smart one! 6.2% unemployment under GWB 9.1% under idiot Obama...$1.87 per gallon gas under GWB $3.88 under idiot Obama...answer that!

        August 16, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
      • Big Bob

        But he plays golf more the Tiger Woods.

        ct ssn!

        August 17, 2011 at 10:50 am |
      • Big Bob

        Plays lots o' golf, though.
        GWB stopped after 9/11

        August 17, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • X-filer

      Dude, I was totally with you until the racist closing. Way to ruin a perfectly good point.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • Pakilegacy

      Do you really expect his to talk to walls? The congress is out vacationing. What do you expect him to do without anybody coming up with any ideas at all?

      August 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
      • Garnet

        Same thing he did with them all in session. NOTHING

        August 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
      • fedup

        Uh, come up with some on his own???

        August 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • Eric

      "These people"? Are you so clueless that your racist remarks escape you? Where were you during the last Administration since you are complaining about a Presidential vacation? Bush was on continuous vacation as he led this country into a pit. I guess because you are from Texas, your ignorant comments are to be expected.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
      • Intelligent in Big D

        While I do not necessarily agree with his comments, you show equal ignorance by categorizing all people from Texas as stupid. I don't know where you live, but I'm glad it's not here. You must be from the shallow end of the gene pool.

        August 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
      • Dustin

        It is not ignorant, at all, to group together a whole state as being ignorant. Way to prove a point.

        August 16, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
      • Udonno

        I agree with Eric, and everyone has an opinion, but at least be civil about what you say, even when you are just talking out the side of your neck! I'm from Texas and I agree Bush was not the best thing for America, but he had 8 years to screw it up. (Republicans and Tea Party) – Same flavor of bigotry, racism and lack of concern or the common man. The only folks that agree with them are the (White power movement) in any form. God created us all, no matter what they think. OBOMA 2012!!!

        August 16, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
      • Dsay

        In what way was it Racist? Maybe next time he will have to say "The Obama administration" so "people" like you can't go discount every individuals credibility that does not agree with you by screaming "racist". Get a real argument, because this one is getting really old.

        August 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
      • Dsay

        "I guess because you are from Texas, your ignorant comments are to be expected"

        -Far more racist, and stereotypical than anything else in this chain of comments. Turn that finger around

        August 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
      • Brian

        Bush was one of the greatest presidents in History!

        August 16, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
      • dsay

        "I guess because you are from Texas, your ignorant comments are to be expected."

        – by far the most racist, and stereotypical in this chain of comments. Turn that finger around

        August 17, 2011 at 11:43 am |
    • Jim Kehrig

      Obama has spent more time traveling and vacationing than half the american families since he was elected.
      It is absolutely saddening to see where this once great country is heading.
      The more they (polititions) remove GOD from everyday situations, the problems arise. When are they going to realize and fix the reeal problems.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
      • will

        I am a american and you know what is sad. Its sad that the Obama hater hit him more because he is black. No one did say a whole lot about Clinton. And we all know that President Bush was reduced to being called Mr. Bush by the third World. I was on vacation in Peru when the Peruians were cheering as Bush was getting in Marine One to depart FOREVER. Obama has done alot for our country as best as he can. It's not his fault You got old cronies like Mike McConnel, Senator Boehner and Eric Canter that are truely dragging us down. And FYI Obama does have a family you fools. He is also a family man, and as such spending (quality) time with his wife and children are also important too. He may be President today, but he will always be Farther and Husband FOREVER!!!.

        August 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
      • Matt in Big LA

        OH NO! Not another "GOD" thing. What god? That fairy in the sky? Allah? Buddah? Atlas?

        August 17, 2011 at 9:01 am |
    • BigNutz

      Dude, seriously? Do you know how often your boy "W" went on vacation!!??? And then he calls his vacation ranch the "Western Whitehouse"? Right, so I'm going to call the hotel in Cancun my "Southern Cubicle" so I can work from there. I don't trust any of these politicians any more than you do, but don't limit your player hatian to Obamers.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
      • Sean

        I’m not disagreeing about “W’ but pointing a finger at someone else as a defense is a five year olds tactic.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
      • trust rick

        What a lib remark, W is not in office and you still trying to blame him. That is because if you blame him no one will look at your BOY Obama. I posted the following earlier . look at it again
        Ok if you read it right it says for Obama, 1st lady, VP, and republican nominee. With Obama and VP and 1st lady always using it the Republican Nominee will never get a chance to use it. Give me a break SS and Obama bought a new toy with your money and is trying to tell you he is not campaining in it right now. BS just like everything else he says all BS

        August 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
      • Remember

        Don't forget that "W" was ON VACATION when 9/11 hit......not that he saw it coming or anything..... ;)

        August 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
      • KPATL

        Actually Obama has taken more vacation so far in his first term than W did in his entire first year. We still have one more awful year to go with this idiot, so I'm sure that Obama will break yet another record in the abortion he calls a Presidency.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
      • Duh

        So, KPATL,

        You're saying that Obama has taken more vacation in the first 32 months of his presidency than Bush did during his first 12 months...

        August 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
      • Havok

        @Remember – Bush was reading books to some kids in Florida or somewhere. I'm no Bush fan but that doesn't sound like a vacation...at least not my kind of vacation.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
      • Brian

        Vote Tea Party!

        August 16, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
    • Ntaschild

      In reply to Big George as in Big "Dummy"!
      Is that all that you can think of as negativity when it comes to the President?

      Get off your racist horse. If this were any other president (caucasian) this would not even be a matter to you. Get a life!

      August 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • JES

      I feel so sorry for you, God help you

      August 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
      • Sean

        Which one?

        August 17, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • QueenAnnesRevenge

      @Big George in Big D
      And you know what the Native Americans think of you and those that think like you ?
      You wouldn't want to hear it.
      I suppose you still go to that juvenile " White is Right " , at least that's what all of your talk show talking heads on the AM dial and Fox News Network imply.
      Want Obama to fail? The theatrics and mechanations of the Tea Party are sure trying to do exactly that, the GOP and Speaker of the House Boehner are following shly in line. Trouble is, this Republic is paying the price of hating the first American President of a color other than White.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
      • Garnet

        The Tea Party must be a very powerful organization.

        Incredible how a bunch of grammies in lawn chairs scare the crap out of the Dems.

        *I'm one of the blue-hair crew*

        August 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Cesan

      If he has the money, he can vacation where ever he pleases. I vacation where I can afford – how about you?

      August 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Jerry

      Well George, it is clear that you are among the many who use terms that border on offensively racial to denigrate the office of the President – as did Frank Perry yesterday. The bus is armored to proctect the President from the loonies who have been threatening to kill him from day one. And they are out there (remember Gabby Gifford, Geral Ford, Ronald Reagan, JFK ...) George, the Secret Service bought the bus and it will be used by others who will be campaigning for the office of the President. By the way, it appears that Congress is out of town and from what I understand the President is running the country – even while he is campaigning as you put it. It seems that he is better off when the congress is out of town because when they are there, the kind of gridlock that results from those who have vowed to make him a one-term President certainly makes it impossible to govern and run this great and beautiful land. Maybe you should try to run anything in that kind of atmosphere. I am certain you will be on vacation quickly

      August 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • David H.

      The Pres. has taken just over 60 days of vacation so far since his inauguration. At the same point in his presidency, G.W. Bush had taken *196* days.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
      • Ann

        It's pointless to present facts to folks like him – they won't listen.

        August 17, 2011 at 9:33 am |
    • Shaken Grounds

      You people do nothing but complain but what are u personally doing to uplift and help this Nation? If people like you keep on crying; what's the baby going to have to do? Leave the crying to the babies! The next time you decide to open your mouth and complain, Please remove the used baby's from your mouth and replace it with a clean one. It served its purpose well!

      August 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Huh?

      What would he be doing in the White House right now? Oh, I forgot...coming up with a plan to fix this mess, because that's what presidents do...they sit in the Oval Office and make policy. Here's some news. Congress, the body of the government responsible for legislating, is on vacation until September. So, unless you want the president to illegally and unconstitutionally develop legislation and sign it into law, you're going to have to live with the fact that not much is going to happen over the next few weeks. Oh wait....you do want that, because impeachment is the only chance you have of getting rid of the guy. Unfortunately for you, Obama is maybe a little too smart to do that.

      Something you (and most of the country) can do that will help you out is to take some sort of political science class so that you can develop a modicum of civic understanding. It is just absolutely embarrassing how little people in this country understand about how government works. Doesn't stop them from loudly pontificating on it, though. God bless free speech, lol.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Fiscally Wise

      Do the math dumba$$.... A bus that fuls up for 200 gallong of diesel or a jet that takes thousands and thousands of gallons of JET-A fuel.... Oh... And don't forget about the twin 747 that follows the one that the pres is actually rising on all over the place...Oh...and the C-130 airforce heavy lifts for his motorcade, etc....
      Before you go open your mouth about him spending mney and being flashy, maybe you should look at how much money he's saving by doing it this way. He's the people's president. He belongs out in the country talking to the people, not stuffed behind a desk in Washington. The man can do absolutely everything from the road that he can do sitting on the WhiteHouse so what's your deal? Afraid he might find a way to tax your over-paid a$$ a bit more to help the country while the rest of us suffer with middle class jobs?

      August 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • D. Wilson

      ROLL ON INTO 2016 PRESIDENT OBAMA!! The GOP has GUARANTEED IT!!! The GOP has made sure that REPUBLICAN and IDIOT are COMPLETELY INTERCHANGING WORDS NOW!! YOU BETCHA!! LOLOLOLOL

      August 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • Eric

      Did you cry every day that Bush took a vacation? Heck, he had more of them than even Reagan.

      Such 'conservative' mock-rage is a testament to their complete lack of ideas and civility.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
      • Fiscally Wise

        I don't understand.... Vacation? Bush took a vacation? I'm sorry.... My misunderstanding... I thought you had to actually be working in order to take a vacation. No evidence he did much work while in Washington, thus the financial catastrophy that Obaama is still trying his best to drag us out of.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • Tank

      At least he can sit in the back of the bus, am I right cowboy?

      August 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
      • sylvia

        Likely, as in this case the ones with the guns sit in front to pick off idiots like you if you cross the line.

        August 17, 2011 at 2:32 am |
      • DAPHNE

        WATCH YOUR REMARKS!!! IT'S IDIOTS LIKE YOU THAT THE SEC SRVC NEEDS TO LOOK OUT FOR!

        August 17, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • gooniegoogoo

      Don't like it? ... MOVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST!!! You're a D U M B A S S !!!

      August 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • Hank

      Obama is human and does have family. He does entitle to take vacation like we do. If he does not deserve one and so are you. Those who whine always find anything to whine.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
      • Emmy Skaddittle

        and they always bring up his golfing, as if a black man cannot get in a couple rounds on the weekend. I guess if he is not working 24/7 its not good enough for some. The man lives at his office

        August 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • Allen

      Time to abandon ship George. Dems going to control the White House for the next 30 years.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • dontberude

      shut your mouth you backward rude little swine! he's trying to restore the country to its former glory or at least do better for the people than what previous presidents....i guest your parents are from them parts and they taught you well how to behave like people from times you are refering to...get a life man and dont let your kids become a swine like you, thats if you have any!!!!!!!

      August 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
      • Sean

        Do or do not, there is no try.

        August 17, 2011 at 10:04 am |
    • WEEZIE

      I don't see anyone complaining when the Republicans ride around in their buses campaigning. You'll Pussy's need to stop looking for non essential things to complain about, and work towards making something positive happyen!!!

      August 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
      • Who Cares

        The republicans aren't campaigning on the tax payers dollar. I'm wondering who had to pay for the buses. Never mind, the people paid for them, of course if you don't have to pay federal taxes like most of the people on this blog don't. By the way, sick of paying for you too.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
      • Huh?

        @ Who Cares- there is an important element in reading called "comprehension". In a nutshell, comprehension is the ability to understand what you have just read in a meaningful fashion, to extract information from the text and know what it means and draw reasonably accurate conclusions. So, when it gets to the part where the article talks about "others" who will use the bus, including Republican candidates, are you intentionally omitting that information, or do you just not know what it means?

        As far as the tax payers paying for it...goes with the territory. When W went to Crawford every other week, what did he do? Drive a pick-up from DC to Texas? And if you ask me, a tax payer, which I would rather pay for, a bus to drive around the Midwest so the president can get in touch with Americans in their own backyards, or a jet to make weekly runs so the president could go clear brush, guess which one is cheaper.

        And, probably time to drop that Tea Party rhetoric about the 50% of Americans who are not paying income tax. Its been clearly established that a vast majority of those people are retirees, teenagers and people with disabilities. Probably about time for Granny and Gramps to start paying their share, eh? Its hyperbole, and it only makes you sound ignorant.

        August 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • Outraged

      He should have to ride Greyhound like everyone else.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
      • Josh

        That was the dumbest comment I've seen yet. I was going to write a long reply as to the long list of reasons (lack of security, need of communication equipment etc) but it's not even worth it. You Sir or Madame should stop allowing people to know what you're thinking.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
      • Not related to George

        Thank you, Josh! Sometimes more is said without words of explanation!

        August 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • Joe B

      I'm sure because you worship the ground George Bush walks on you'll never comment on the fact that he spent the most time vacationing at his ranch in Texas, racking up a massive bill from the secret service to protect the place. But hey, OBAMA IS THE DEVIL!!!

      August 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
      • sylvia

        trolling for both parties tonight, huh?

        August 17, 2011 at 2:33 am |
    • and453

      Actually, Marta's Vineyard is home to Oaks Bluff, majority black...look it up before you type something like that.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Rich

      This isn’t the President’s bus…It’s just assigned to him. It is the U.S. Government’s bus and they (Congress) can assign it to whoever they please. I say we assign it to the Speaker-of-the-House. No…wait, he isn’t that important. They are right, the safety of the U.S. President is much more important.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
      • kathy

        Now this is the first common sense comment .

        August 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
      • Majestic

        I agree with the comment as well. This is not the President's Bus, it's the U.S. Government's Bus and it is imperative that we protect the President and any other U.S. President for that matter

        August 16, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
    • bb

      You want to talk about 'flashy'....OK... George Bush spent over $20 MILLION in operating costs flying Air Force 1 to and from the Crawford Ranch while on vacation. Yeah, he took by far more vacations than any other sitting US president, and most definitely that includes Obama. That $20M does not even include all Bush's other vacations or other secured transport. "Flashy" = Republicans. "Ignorant" = Big George

      August 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
      • tt

        sources please

        August 17, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • Katie

      "That one"?

      August 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • Yo

      How quickly (perhaps conveniently?) you have forgotten "Big D" that Bush spent over a year of his eight on vacation....

      August 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • SmarterthanU

      You're last sentence is your ignorance. As far as the public is concerned, you should not be allowed out of your house for being narrow minded, uneducated, living in the 50's and opening your mouth.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • acf4444

      Yep we need another Texan running this country!!! Hell the last one ran it into the ground!!! One real War then the other fak War on what? oh yeah WMD!!!! find those with Hoffa...

      August 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • Tom Taylor

      The bus is beautiful,safe,elegant and well equipped.The president has the right to use it.It is less expensive then the AIR FORCE ONE.Did you observe ? Riding in a bus is being closer to the people, do you realize ?

      August 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • Kevin

      While I am not the biggest fan of Obama, these buses are needed. I don't see anything flashy at all. These buses will not just be used for Pres. Obama, but VP Biden and the Republican candidate for President. There are many arguments you could make against Obama, this is not one of them. Plus, it was the Secret Service that bought these, not Obama. These buses will protect the President and others from those who would want to hurt them. Smart move Secret Service and Obama.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • Jeff S

      Big George...How many vacations have you had since taken your current job? I also think you should go ahead and just work 24/7 since you expect others to. You do not need any down time from the job right? You don't need time with your family. Your whole life should be about work.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • Relax

      Lets see we have PDA's, Lap tops, cell phones, all the software possible on any of these devices not too mention LCDs on the Bus itself....why does the president need to be in the Oval Office? I know why because you are a Hater you hate our president and anything he does even riding in a bus to talk with the American ppl. So what do you hate more that our president wants to talk to small town America, the fact that he is not staying in Hiltons all the way or the fact that he is Black and you hate him? Please if you are going to attack our president try not to be so trivial it makes you and the rest of your Tea Bagging buddies look stupid.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
      • Big Bob

        Hate the President cuz he's black? That would be shallow.

        August 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • Rob

      I heard the President called GM, Chrysler and Ford for a reliable transportation, since there was none the CIA ultimately decided they would get it from GM but with a Toyota engine it that is why it is top secret.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • S. Porteur

      The Pfresident is entitle to vacation. What if you were not given any vacation how would you feel? He is making decisions
      the problem is with the GOP and the so call Tea Party. Where was the Tea Party when Bush was in the WH?
      You have a serious problem

      August 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • Mike514

      ur an idiot... keep listening to LImbaugh and think its honnest...

      August 16, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • Big B in Big A

      George that is the most crazy comment I've ever read. He is of course campaigning, what planet are you from. What incumbent president hasn't. What are you talking about??? What do you mean vacation? Bush was on vacation 50% of his presidency. And I totally have no idea what you meant by Obama going to places that wouldn't allow him in the past. What does that have to do with anything? So does that mean he shouldn't drink out of water fountain since Blacks weren't allowed to back in the day? Comments like yours embarrass me as an American. Come on with the stupidity and talk about real issues.

      August 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • Thor

      Are those automatic gun turrets on top with lasers?

      August 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • Gwats

      I drive a bus this size every day. How about a spin around the block the next time you're in Denver? Please? :)
      I voted for you last time!

      August 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • SkyKing

      Are you really so naive to think that the President ever reallly gets a vacation?
      This bus is a mobile Oval Office, just like Air Force One, and Marine One.
      I'll bet that those whining will have no problem with it when the President it is carrying is Republican.

      August 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • Rags

      Oh, yeah! Bush never vacationed or campaigned while in office, right? He spent many days, weeks, months at his place in Texass.

      Least we forget, let me remind you of the stupid stunt called "Mission Accomplished". Right after that stunt, the real killing started in Iraq!
      Now does your empty brain recall???

      August 16, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
      • Grady

        See....Libs ALWAYS have to insult with names. It shows their TRUE anger nature. mad at conservatives but hypocrites acting mad.

        come on....dont do the same thing you hate. You like Obama cause he is a sellout.

        August 16, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
    • Teabagger Histrionics

      Enough lip flapping big fella (and all the rest of you other teabagging hotheaded blabber-mouths). Obama IS NOW the President of the United States of America, and if this old (former) Republican has anything to do with it, will remain so after 2012. Moreover, not only does Obama get to ride in the FRONT of the bus, he gets the nice bus.

      August 16, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
    • Lou

      I beg to differ. I think it's a great idea to have this kind of transportation available on demand to the President, whoever he is. I'm surprised they've not done this before. It probably costs considerably less to operate than Air Force One, and certainly avoids disrupting traffic in an out of airports. It provides a good alternative form of transportation to airplanes and helicopters. I can certainly see it being used to convey visiting foreign dignitaries around Washington. Since we have Air Force One and Marine One, could this be Army One or Cavalry One?

      August 16, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • Grady

      I always will remember when Obama said "I'm a pie guy myself" relating to some small town folks. Then he messed up and the rest of his talk was BLAMING BUSH. A REAL LEADER DOES NOT BLAME ANOTHER. HE WORKS......HEAR THAT? WORK. WHY ARE YOU ON TOUR? ARE YOU A ROCK BAND....ARE YOU STARTING TO LIKE YOURSELF OBAMA ? Watch Obama get cocky by the min. in his yrs in office. He's an ego hiding behind a little bity civil law degree. He never ran a business. Much less the USA

      August 16, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
      • Killer Of Morons

        Happy birthday Grady, i hear you just turned 6.

        August 17, 2011 at 10:20 am |
    • Chris

      The Secret Service ordered the buses, and will use them for Republican protectees too. Obama is just a passenger. Get over it.

      August 16, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
      • LEE

        Chris is rght about the SS buying the busses.. Acccording to reliable sources they will protect the Repuublican candidates as wel as the Pres.

        March 7, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Brian

      Im so tired of all the democrats saying the republicans haven't done there jobs...holding up votes...bringing the country to a halt! Democrats have had the house and senate for 4 years and only passed obamacare that has added trillions to the debt, threatened are largest employer (small business) no balanced budget and now sit and complain, not to mention the BS about taxing the rich!... How about make all the people that aren't paying taxes, pay some...get the people off of welfare that shouldn't be, kick the illegals out!...we need a balanced budget, reform on entitlement programs and immigration to get this country back on track! Please Vote GOP in 2012...take America back!

      August 16, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
    • Merckx155

      Wow CNN, whenever you mention Obama in your headlines, its negative (i.e., Beastly) but when it's some republican e.g., Palin, Bachmann, Perry it's always positive. You're doing a bad job hiding your bias

      August 17, 2011 at 12:19 am |
    • Gunny

      Name me a sitting president who did not campaign while in office. I suppose you never heard of George W. Bush. I think he spent his first term on vacation. But hey, it's not like you're biased or anything.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:16 am |
    • voter

      Obama has no say so on this bus matter everyone seems to be so worked up about, just as he doesn't tell the pilots on air force 1 how to fly the plane... It's completely up to the secret service how to protect the presidents...

      August 17, 2011 at 6:14 am |
    • Jack

      Well, before he was president, Obama didn't do anything but campaign so why does $2.2 million dollars for campaign buses not surprise me. Stick to what your good at I guess. Could you even imagine if GWB had bought these???

      August 17, 2011 at 6:29 am |
    • tech1trader

      Economy's Mortuary Bus – Obama's driving the dead economy around so everybody can pay their last respects to a once great powerhouse. Course he had to borrow the money to pay for the gas.

      August 17, 2011 at 6:54 am |
    • Frank S

      Obama has been in the Oval Office, too bad the GOP is in "block everything" mode. Of course he needs to be out campaigning. What is he, supposed to sit back and let the GOP candidates beat him up every day on the news so he gets further behind in the polls? I don't think so. It's the way American politics has to work, fools.

      August 17, 2011 at 7:28 am |
    • Matt in Big LA

      You're funny. And a tool.

      August 17, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • RLGTULSA

      And it cost $1.1 Million Dollars, that you paid for with your tax money, and made in Canada.

      Great job, as usual, Obama.

      August 17, 2011 at 8:30 am |
    • TIREOFBACKWOODS

      And whom exactly are these people? If you were not so ignorant than you would know that the Secret Service is responsiible for the President transporatation and Congress approved it. Your comment is typical of the anger ridden backwoods bastards that still can't get over the fact that. The President is Black". Michelle Bachman paraded into Iowa with 40 buses. Hey Idiot this is 2011 not 1911. People such as yourself need to go back to your outhouses and die.

      August 17, 2011 at 9:17 am |
    • Marcy Darcy

      "these people" ? hmmm

      August 17, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • pmbg

      So you are complaining about Obama touring the Mid-West. What about the congressmen/women who left congress (leaving the FAA unfunded among other things) to go to IOWA to eat fried butter on a political-joke fiesta that doesn’t add any valued to the country or even the GOP? I don’t hear your outrage about that.
      Every single president before Obama did these tours. Remind me why Obama cannot do it now? What is the special reason? Because, like you said, once he was not allowed to be President in this Country? I know your type. I was forced to live in the South for a couple of years. I know where your hate comes from.

      August 17, 2011 at 10:11 am |
    • Jim in Colorado Springs

      The bus was in fact made in Canada. A fact missrepresented in this article. Wasn't this the jobs tour? Oh,,Jobs for Canada. Do the unions have an opinon on this?

      August 17, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • Killer Of Morons

      Unlike the last president, this one can do more than walk and chew gum.
      He does not need to be glued to the oval office to make decisions.
      Please grow up.

      August 17, 2011 at 10:18 am |
    • Bob

      Interesting that the article only mentioned where the bus was bought (Tennessee), but not where it was made (CANADA). Way to go Big O.

      August 17, 2011 at 10:34 am |
    • C Michaels

      What a dumbstruck, ignorant country this has become.

      August 17, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • Annatala Wolf

      It's always an excess when someone from the other party does it...

      August 17, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • Captain Nemo

      Funny – nobody complained when the US bought and completely rebuilt TWO 747s to use as Air Force 1. Nobody complains when the US buys and rebuilds limosines for presidential use.

      Why complain when the US buys a rebuilt (read as armored) bus for presidents (this and future ones) to use, and buys it from a US company (Tennesee)? It was cheaper than leasing/rebuilding/un-building/returning the bus as they used to do...

      Or are you saying you want to see the US president ride around in a non-secure, non-armored vehicle? Really? In a world full of nutcakes like Jared Loughner or the Norwegian mental case? Really? Any president or just this one (and how you answer that to yourself will tell you much about yourself).

      As to the permanent compaign, that's a reality now, like it or not, regardless of party. Get over it.

      August 17, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • peepme

      he needs somehting like it to keep idiots like you away from him.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • john cantrell

      Don't advertise your Ignorant, Racist views. People of color are everywhere so get used to it. Martha's Vineyard is not a safe place anymore for Whitey to run and hide, cause guess what we are already there. So suck it up cup cake, and enjoy your wonderful President of the United States. Oh and next time when you see a Black Man tell him where he can and can not go, and when you get out of the hospital let me know how that changed your life !!!! Rascist coward

      August 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Philip

      Can the oibama haters on this threadbye any more racist and ridiculous? I would love to have a teabagger say some of these comments to my face. COWARDS!

      August 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Richard Allen

      All politicians campaign. Get over it. A black bus seems pretty standard given that it's from the US govt. Not exactly sure how you can call it flashy.

      August 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • inde

      these should be sold to help pay down the deficit

      August 17, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • Jack Fids

      NOT 1 SINGLE TEA DRINKING CANDIDATE PAID FOR THEIR BUS....
      they were ALL paid for (leased) by CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS (tax deductible?) provided by those with enought money to be ABLE to afford throwing their money away on political fantasies !
      2- The busses were ORDERED by the Secret Service NOT OBAMA, for all of you small word readers drinking TEA
      3- NAME one COACH manufacturer that still produces in the USA...

      4- ""And how much is the bus tour itself costing us?"....about 1% of what every BUSH vacation cost the US taxpayer AND BUSH was gone from the WhiteHouse 39% of his time in office...TEA evidently makes the Ignoratti forget faster than facts & truth.

      5- "Democrats committing crimes by robbing the American taxpayer?" possibly BUT they should be indicted AFTER the trial of the TEA GULPERS for LYING to ALL of AMERICA & unleashing their publicized plan of CHAOS to confuse the CITIZENS (see Boehner's proclamation)... if you are smart enough to know how to use the GOOGLE BUTTON on your leased or PUBLIC library PC.

      6- OBAMA is a DIRECT fault of THE Republican aty's FAILURE to field a viable pair of candidates on 2008, that failure on THEIR part is the sole basis for their constant child like whining...
      May I suggest that ALL TEA DRINKERS take a dose of the medicine they dished out to Liberals for 30 years...
      EITHER LOVE IT OF LEAVE IT.... if you cannot stand America & it's free & fairly elected POTUS, ALL of the better countries are on the other side of our borders...MOVE THERE open your mouths like you do here & YOU will spend time in prison!

      August 17, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
    • jg

      Where were you guys complaining about vacations when W was in office? He took more time off than other president in history. Didn't hear you complaining then. Or when he sat there reading a children's book while we were being attacked? Didn't hear any complaints about that either.

      August 17, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • skytag

      Bush made 77 trips to Crawford, Texas while he was president. Welcome to the real world. The president isn't like you, he doesn't need to be sitting in his office all the time to do his job.

      August 17, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
    • Teresa

      Looking at some of these comments condemning President Obama for his trip through the Midwest are really pretty funny. Since the tea-publicans got to Washington their only agenda has been to make Obama a one term president. No other president in history has had a congress that would default our government just to achieve there main goal. The GOP has been running for President since Obama was elected. They need to get there butts back to Washington and get to work. We still don't have a budget and it's August. If you recall, the house votes on a bill sends it to the senate and only then does it hit the presidents desk. If congress isn't doing there job no one else can do theirs.

      August 18, 2011 at 9:39 am |
    • Rich

      Obama say "we won't rest for a minute" working on the jobs situation then he promptly goes on vacation!!! What!
      The nice jet black bus was used for a "talk to America" Tour,even liberals understand that this was a campaign tour. Having the taxpayer pay for the bus, food, fuel, security etc etc was not only unethical it was illegal!
      Even you guys at CNN know this was a campaign tour so lets be honest about it! Being this far in the tank for Obama is what makes Americans turn to Fox, even if you don't like Fox they don't lie about what the president is doing!

      August 19, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • Rahul

      I can guarantee that the President works harder and pulls longer hours than any of the Tea-Bagger posters complaining about this bus. I really don't see why they didn't have a secret service bus already – and if an American company benefited from the design and construction of this bus, I don't have a problem with it.

      August 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Bad Move ,
    Obama should use a train not a million dollar black bus. Promote fixed high speed rail , get Warren Buffett on board !

    A train is much more presidential , the rock star bus look is not cool !

    August 16, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • C-Lo

      The "rockstar look" is what got him elected. Why wouldn't he think it would work again on this campaign tour?

      August 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • admat97

      I believe the rock star bus is very cool...........

      August 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
      • KPATL

        Rock star buses are cool,.. providing they have rock stars in them... unfortunately, my tax dollars are paying for Odumbo to prance around Martha's Vineyard.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Ann Marie

      Did you not read the article? It is for everyone that needs "protection" including the 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates.
      It is a security update and I am sure it is primarily equipped with access to World Communications. But as usual it's an opportunity to bash our President.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
      • TWM

        And why shouldn't we bash him? He is wasting our money to galavant across country. What does it get 3-5 miles per gallon? This man should be working on fixing our Country not worrying about his re-election campaign. Same with Congress BTW. Lots of taxpayer money being spent on this project. Wonder how much the Secret service is costing us on this trip? Presidential Failure.....

        August 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
      • Mark

        When your presidency has failed as governing, hit the campaign trail in style – again. And this too s the Republicans fault. Their gonna ride in it too. They should've bought these things durng the Cash For Clunkers Program and saved us some money. Now I know why retail sales are up - Back to school supplies and Obama's Bus.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
      • Ken in NC

        I have tried my best not to say this because I wanted so much for it not to be true but beit as it may, it is true. It is a shame in these daays and times to see people so full of hate for our President simply because they are not willing to accept the fact that a Black man is President of this country. I wonder how bad it will be if a woman or, GOD forbid, a woman other than White, was elected to office. The human race still has a lot to learn about itself if it is going to survive on this planet and I'm not willing to give you much more time to learn.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
      • phil

        Ann Marie,u complain that the prez should sit at in D.C and "fix our economy". How? Are u not the same people who say the best way to "fix our economy' is to slash taxes and then git out of the way? Aren't Bush tax cuts which destroyed the economy still intact? Why is not the economy roaring as the rich get away with no taxes paid? Secondly, don't you think fixing the economy also requires the prez to get out there and listen to the people?

        August 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
      • toKen

        A black man ISN'T in office. A half African, half white man is who drinks Budweiser and smokes Marlboro's...

        August 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
      • Reality Check

        @TWM
        Right, the president should be in Washington when no one else is there so he can get things done by his special presidential fiat powers instead of meeting citizens who both support and oppose him to hear from them personally. No president should ever have to stoop so low as to hear the complaints of the people firsthand.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
      • Katie

        To those who say this is a waste of money, please note that the article stated that buses were leased and retrofitted, then had to be un-fitted when they were returned. The new buses will save money in the long run, as they will be used for many years for many presidents, not just "that one" Big George in Big D.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
      • Josh

        @TWM: it was built because smaller areas can't handle AirForce 1 @ their smaller airports. This was a logistical decision they've been considering for years (before Obama). This allows the President (& other VIPs) to have access to all of America. Be as angry as you want, but your anger in no way makes your ignorance anymore acceptable.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
      • Say What, Ken?

        Ken, shut your mouth. Every POTUS has been hated by someone for something throughout their presidency; Obama is no exception. Do you really think that after 44 presidents being criticized and ridiculed over the last 222 years, the people who have posted their disapproval here are doing so because Obama is black? And by the way, he's just as white as he is black so even your weak argument holds no merit. I think you'd love it if it were racism, but it's not. Take your drama elsewhere. Mature adults are trying to have a discussion here.

        August 17, 2011 at 8:52 am |
      • Ken in NC....grow up.

        >>and I'm not willing to give you much more time to learn.

        You're not? Oh my! What will you do – smite us with your mighty hand? If you haven't checked lately, let me remind you that you are part of the human race that you are so unhappy with. Why not set an example to others and be the change you want to see in the world, instead of whining about a non issue? And before you fly off the handle, yes – I recognize that racism is an issue in our day and age, which is a shame. However, it does not apply to the gripes that people are making here about the cost of a tour bus. By your rationale, every complaint that's made about Obama is racism. C'mon, Ken. It's folks like you who look for the negative in everything and jump the gun at simple statements who are actually helping to perpetuate the problem. Go away.

        August 17, 2011 at 9:16 am |
    • American

      And how does he get from the train depot to the speaking engagements? At every stop there needs to be a different set of Presidential cars??? Come on dude, think a little.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
      • Ramrods

        That's just it. These are speaking engagements for his presidential campaign 15 months before election. What is he doing out there pimping campaign funds and votes on our time and dime when he should be in DC. No other sitting president has campaigned this far ahead of the election.

        He's afraid he'll be on unemployment soon and he doesn't like it!!!!!!

        August 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
      • WEEZIE

        You are no american unless you belong to the far right RACIST part. That's the whole damn thing in a nutshell. People who you never thought of as racist, have now shown their ugly heads. Walk away from that position, as it will come to haunt you and soon very soon!

        August 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
      • Reality Check

        @Ramrods
        W was at the Iowa State Fair Aug 14, 2002.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
      • KML

        Hmmmm for all who think this is a campaign and its to early to do so have a short memory..... Between January 1 and May 31, 2004, Bush took 75 trips to 29 states, 56 percent of which were swing states. In the same time period in 1996, Clinton visited 25 states on 58 visits, 47 percent to swing states.

        August 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • me

      It would be more president like to ride a train but he would be so late to every place because of Amtrak delays and ineffecientcies.

      sounds like these buses came out of the secret service budget so don't really care about the cost especially if they were bought to keep the president and the upcoming Rep. nominee safe

      August 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
      • Nichole

        Not to mention the jobs–however temporary–that the building of those two buses created, and the money they will spend eating, getting gas, and buying snacks at the gas station or qwicky mart along the way.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • conoclast

      The train?? Trains can only go where there are tracks; tracks are easy targets for terrorists and haters. Think there aren't radical-right crazies out there just itching to kill-Obama-for-Christ?

      August 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
      • Silent MajMan

        That is utter nonsense. You are basically creating a monster in the dark, bud. Keep in mind that as you demonize right-wing America, they do the same thing to you. This is typical of the phenomenon of divergent partisan politics, increasingly personal attacks, and inability to compromise that is rampant in Washington. Stupid statements like this are a lot to do with the problems we are having today. Ratchet back a notch and realize ALL factions have an extreme wing that we should work to marginalize. Not just the guys you don't agree with politically.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • momomiester

      It is comforting that you idiots that are un-employed and still support this clown of a president as he spends and travels like a king. You really believe this socialist narcissist gives are damn about you? If he did, he would be more reserved in his spending to show respect for those that are suffering.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
      • PallasAthene

        You honestly think your republican candidates give two craps about you? They won't give up FIVE DOLLARS they can afford, but want our seniors to give up $500 they can't afford. You really *are* a master moron as your name implies, because you can't even READ the article and comprehend it, you are too ready to complain about the president. You need to get out more and stop letting other people dictate why you should hate someone. By the way, go look at normal well-to-do tour bus type RVs and tell me that $1.1 mil is expensive. It's rather cheap by comparison, for what it's designed to do. While I'm at it, your assignment for today is to re-read the article, paying close attention to the fact that the bus is NOT for his use only, and will be used by future presidents as well.

        August 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
      • marc

        He's the President of the United States what do you want him to ride a bicycle...

        August 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
      • SarahSmart

        Hey do you know you're an idiot and obviously know absolutely nothing about socialism. READ A BOOK.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
      • raja

        Either you are idiot or hater. Fix up you head and think what r u taking about.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
      • Pam

        What about the poor folks in Minnesota who elected Bachmann and now see her galavanting all over the country when she should be in D.C. doing her job?
        She is getting paid to campaign!!!

        August 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
      • 344kellogg

        100% agree. Obama is arguably the most incompetent president we have ever had...at least in terms of the stuff that matters right now (i.e. the economy!). He has no idea what he's doing. And it shows, daily. The fact that he's campaigning 15 months before the next election shows that 1) he's scared of the competition and 2) it gives him a convenient, albeit pathetic, excuse to dodge the real job he was hired to do. Liberals can't stand the reality of knowing that their "messiah" is a moron. I understand the feeling. I voted for Schwarzenegger. And my liberal friends are always on my case (not that the alternative to Schwarzenegger would have been any better). Bottom line, people need to start taking responsibility for their own lives and stop assuming that some hack politician is going to make a difference.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
      • Ms. White

        That word soicalist again...just remember, if you become unemployed...if you quailify, please refuse the unemployment check for it is pure soicailism at its best ....fool...and tell all you friends to refuse ot return the checks and get your senoir citzens off medicare ....pure socialism......plus all presidents travel in comfort, style and protection....again...you damn fool

        August 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
      • Revolution18

        Ms. White how is Medicare socialist? Social Security and Medicare were supposed to be self-sustaining funds, except the government can not pay back the $45 trillion back to the funds that they have borrowed! If we pay into it, how is it socialistic to take it back?

        August 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
      • angeleyes

        I don't care what he rides in. Just get the Hellll out of the White House

        August 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • John in Colorado

      Sorry a train is a security nightmare. It can only stay on rails. It is too easy to attack/destroy since its route is well known in advance

      August 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
      • raja

        Either you are idiot or hater. Fix up you head and think what r u taking about. He is president and secret service protecting him and GOP nominee too.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      So, only people near railroad tracks get to see or hear the president or the other candidates?
      Rails cannot be sabotaged?
      One point one million is a paltry sum for a bus, especially a customized, armored, executive tour bus.
      So, we know a few things about you.
      ONLY cities and large towns get a voice in your version of America.
      ONLY rail counts, as only people near large railway stations count.
      Nothing but your opinion counts, others are worthless.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • miami

      dude where you from ..i believe you not an american .. get a life the bus belong to DC&GOP ...

      August 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Jim

      Both buses were bought for next presidential candidates. I find the fact that it pisses you off so much very amusing. You can't even read english, putting aside analyzing the point of the article. Taking into consideration high terrorist threat, it is one of the most useful ways to protect candidates.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Tony

      A train is a fixed moving target with no flexibility to evade in the event of an attempt on the Presidents life. That would be a very stupid idea.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • Fiscally Wise

      He can't! We don't have high speed rail for him to be able to help promote!

      August 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • isaac

      I WILL LIKE TO BE THE DRIVER OF OBAMA BUS YES DIRCKT TO H E LLLLL

      August 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
      • Relax

        Wow the hate is unbelieveable here. I read some of these posts and realize their is absolutely NOTHING Obama could do that would get a pass from this crowd. He could cure cancer and this crowd would either say it took him too long, it costed too much or he should be conducting presidential business not saving lives. Do any of you independants read this stuff? I swear it was bad with Clinton then GWB but it has gotten worse with Obama.

        August 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • Pete from St Paul

      To put it simple. This is a ground companion to Air Force One. In case of a situation which can render air travel off, a POTUS can move and have command of the defense. What Secret Service is saying this is a new method for the President. Obama being the first, consider this a test run of the new system. On a secondary level, Obama is using it to campaign; so what!

      August 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • Relax

      Couple of points regarding the "Rock star" bus vs trains. Can you imagine what it costs to get the presidential car routed to the correct depots for transporting then flying the president there? I dont' think some of you understand that while rail roads go very close or in to all these small towns he is visiting the line that gets to that town could be linked far far away to the nearest junction house. Also the Presidential train is expensive as well but I am almost certain one exists. May be however it's last use was by Roosevelt. Furthermore the bus probably allows the president to spend more time with the people before moving on to the next stop.

      August 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • Teabagger Histrionics

      Train would be cool... but unfortunately, Big Oil beat down Big Rail a long time ago. I seriously doubt you can roll a passenger train through the midwest without taking a bus...

      August 16, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
    • Brian

      I agree...Obama's an idiot and the worst most destructive president in history!

      August 16, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
    • 40acres

      Wow Thomas! You complain about a million dollar bus, what would you say about the secret service buying a train? Trains are pretty cool but they don't go into many towns like a bus can.

      August 17, 2011 at 8:47 am |
    • Rich

      He did not even rent the bus, he had us pay for it, had it outfitted in Canada..............what is this president thinking!!!!

      August 19, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • Rahul

      A train would most definitely be way cooler. Not just as a promotion for high-speed rail, but because it would just look way more bad-ass.

      August 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  3. Frank

    How much did WE pay for Obama's bus? Seriously! Was this absolutely necessary? I certainly understand that the President needs to get out and mingle with Democrats and terrorists (tea party members) ... but on an expensive, new bus. Complete waste of tax payer money! Clearly the President has not gotten the message yet to cut his spending.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • TWM

      Cutting is for everyone else not for him.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • Debbie

      Very well said!

      August 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      OK, the other political candidates shall have no protection, as it was to be for them as well.
      Indeed, we'll save money and withdraw Secret Service protection from candidates. Gotta save money, forget democratic ideals of free elections and hearing candidates. If a lunatic kills a candidate, it is good for the nation!
      That seems to be your view.
      1.1 million dollars is CHEAP for a custom tour bus, ESPECIALLY an armored model.
      It WAS, until you objected, to be for ALL CANDIDATES use. But, we'll save money. Let the thugs kill off candidates, the candidates will not visit any people. We'll stick with sound bytes, rather than fact.
      IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
      • Martin

        You might as well give up, there is to much hatred and disrespect for the President the man and the position from a lot of posters here. They only see what they feel is some injustice being done to them they are blind to any other facts and logical discussion. They forget every presidential runner gets secret service details and they all have armored cars, special planes, buses, etc.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
      • Chuck

        Agreed most rockstar or other entertainers tour busses cost more than 5 million. This one is very cheap I hate how ignorant some of these people can be. A train really??? and thats cheaper?! some people are idiots

        August 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Pucksprite

      Frank, you would understand the world a lot more if you would stop just looking at the pictures, and learn how to read. This was not ordered by Obama. This was ordered by the Secret Service with their operating budget, which includes protection for all high profile political figures, including the Republican Presidential Nominee, as well as who ever the next President will be. This is not Obama's bus, he does not own it.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • Chris

      1.1 mil and the funds came out of the secret service. Yes it's necessary and if you think about it, it kinda makes sense.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • Ntaschild

      Read the article Frank:

      I am sure all you saw was a big bus and the president walking toward and figured right away, "damn I just bought him a bus, wonder how much that cost"? Read the article to see WHO purchased the bus and WHO would be using the bus.
      Give it a rest!

      August 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • james

      clearly you're stupid. this was a secret service purchase that was used to offset the cost of outfitting chartered coaches with the communication and security equipment every time the president, his family, or a candidate needed a bus. they have a budget... they're allowed to use it.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Freedomics

      The bus was purchased by the Secret Service, not the president. There are two of them, 1.1 million each, built in Tennessee (the real America, according to Palin). They are used by the SS to ferry all high value targets, including the GOP nominee once the primaries are held. I worked at Boeing on the Air Force One planes (yes, there are two of them) back in the 80s. You could buy thousands of these buses for the cost of the two Air Force One planes.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • Rob

      Did you even read past the headline? These are not Obama's buses, they are the Secret Service's buses. They will, of course, be used for the current President, as well as for anyone else they need to protect, including the Republican nominee. They spoke to cost in the last paragraph. Does it really make sense for the Secret Service to keep renting buses, paying tens of thousands of dollars each time to install and uninstall special equipment? Building things, then dismantling them, only to build them again the next week is an incredible waste of society's resources. By building them once, and delivering them where needed, they are telling you these will save the taxpayer money over the life of the vehicles. That's a good thing. What we should be irritated about is that it's taken them this long to do it. I'm thinking that anyone who finds it hard to understand that a capital outlay up front can save money over time is probably a regular customer at the local rent-to-own store and, therefore, not qualified to comment on how anyone else spends money.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • David

      Whatever you do, don't take a bus. Use the private 747 (with fighter escort) instead. It'll be cheaper since it's already paid for.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Fiscally Wise

      Do the math! Why don't you sit there and compare the cost of filling the bus with the cost of filling AirForce-1, Air-Force 1's identical twin 747 that follows the primary everywhere it goes, the C-130 heavy lifts planes used to move his entire motorcade around and the F-16 escorts that are typically found flying around wherever he's flying into/out of just before and after. Me thinks the pres is saving millions of $ doing it rubber on the road versus flying all over. I'm sure this one trip alone has more than paid for the busses.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • WEEZIE

      JERK! JERK! JERK!

      August 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
      • The Central Scrutinizer

        RE: "JERK! JERK! JERK!" <– Very succinct "WEEZIE"; your dialog brings civility to the discussion and clearly identifies you as a very ass-toot person. The depth of your intellect challenges the depth of your empty CHEETOS bag. Snort the orange dust from your fingers and keyboard, drink some more HFCS-laced soda, then return to us. We implore you; regale us with your wisdom yet again.

        August 18, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
    • Reality Check

      Except you did not really bother to read the article. The alternative which the Secret Service had been employing was to rent buses equip them and then restore them before returning them. Buying them was seen as a cost savings measure.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      When President Obama is re-elected
      You should seek medical help before you pop a blood vessel.

      August 17, 2011 at 10:34 am |
  4. Martha Larkin

    He is campaigning in a taxpayers' bus and at taxpayers' expense! The other candidates' campaign funds are being spent....This is beyond disgusting and dishonest, but that is just more of the same from this man and his White House!

    August 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      Apparently, a LOT of readers need to sign up for a remedial reading course.
      The story PLAINLY STATED THAT IT WAS ALSO FOR OTHER CANDIDATES.
      OK, we'll do it your way. NO MORE SECRET SERVICE COVERAGE FOR ANY CANDIDATE, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT.
      Dead candidates if the American way!

      August 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
      • ME

        Actually, it says for use by the Republican Presidential Nominee. It doesn't say all candidates. Obama gets the unfair advantage of using the "campaign" bus now since there isn't a nominee yet.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
      • Donna

        How does that work if it is for all the candidates to use?? The candidates all seem to campaign at the same time, what do they do pull a straw to see who gets to use it next ?? Lets get real, claiming that the bus is for all candidates is just a political ploy to cover the truth, The President needs to show the country that they come first, not the campaign!!

        August 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
      • trust rick

        Ok if you read it right it says for Obama, 1st lady, VP, and republican nominee. With Obama and VP and 1st lady always using it the Republican Nominee will never get a chance to use it. Give me a break SS and Obama bought a new toy with your money and is trying to tell you he is not campaining in it right now. BS just like everything else he says all BS

        August 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
      • Josh

        @Trust pRick. "Republican Nominee will never get a chance to use it." That's why there are 2 buses, mental midget.

        August 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • Ms. White

      whats the f$%k wrong with you people....past and future presidents have/will used taxpayer money to campain for a second term. During the worst and best of times...you people are sprouting BS facts just because you do not have a life and need to get layed

      August 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
      • Nichole

        Ahhh just give him a horse for crying out loud, if it was good for washington then it should be good for Obama.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  5. Maria Lundgren

    So how many soldiers-per-gallon does this behemoth require? Further evidence that 'shared sacrifice' means you and I get to foot the bill with our money and our children's lives so the rich and powerful can have their 'entitlements'.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      Zero soldiers, it is not a military bus, it is a Presidential bus AND also for other candidates.
      So, you would deny candidates equal protection by the Secret Service, as has been done for generations?

      August 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
      • Coby

        Um, I think Maria was referring to the number of soldiers it is taking to secure the oil that powers this behemoth.

        I stopped considering Obama to be an actual environmentalist when a) one of his advisors said he keeps the Oval Office so hot that "you could grow orchids in there," and b) he and the wife took Air Force One up to NYC for a date night. This is just a further reminder that either the president doesn't believe in climate change as an issue requiring attention, or that he thinks it's deserving of sacrifice, just not his. Either way, it's pretty disturbing.

        August 16, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      Did you complain when Bush did this ?

      August 17, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  6. Brett

    THE TAX PAYERS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR HIS CAMPAINING!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • admat97

      Maybe the taxpayer's should spring for spell-check on your computer......

      August 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
      • urallidiots

        Hey admat97 – you should not have an apostrophe in "taxpayer's". If you are going to be a pedantic @ss, at least be correct.

        August 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
      • The Central Scrutinizer

        @admat97 ...

        RE: "Maybe the taxpayer's should spring for spell-check on your computer......"

        Maybe the taxpayer's should spring for a U.S. State-counter for our President's teleprompter; in his own words: "I've been in 57 states... I think one left to go."

        Mayhap the POTUS was looking at a bottle of Heinz 57 Ketchup during one of his "man 'o the people" stops? Or perhaps a fat campaign contribution check from John Kerry and Teresa Heinz?

        @admat97: If you presume to scold/educate others on their spelling you should learn to use puncuation properly. An ellipsis is three periods ("dots" to you) in succession with a space between the last letter of the sentence to which the ellipsis is appended.

        @Everyone: You are all either lurking or nesting on a site which belongs to a network with some of the lowest viewer ratings extant <– (purposefully meant to confound admat97). What we have here ... is the choir, preaching to the choir, singing to the lemmings. CNN = Commie News Network. Staying here = staying marginalized. Please, stay here!

        August 18, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • jay

      READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE. SECRET SERVICE BOUGHT IT TO PROTECT THE PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT, FIRST LADY, AND REPUBLICAN NOMINEES!

      August 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
      • TWM

        And we fund the SS think about it. Now add in the costs of the extra SS men accompanying the president , the gas costs, the food costs etc. This is a waste of our money.

        August 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
      • Wzrd1

        He's RIGHT! SHUTTER THE SECRET SERVICE, FBI, DOD, PHS, NIH, SHUTTER THE GOVERNMENT.
        Death is COOL!
        Dead candidates is GREAT!
        IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH!

        August 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
      • Huh?

        This is the most hilarious thread of all time, lol! People crying about how much a bus costs to drive around. "Waste of taxpayer money!!!"....want to swing a guess at which costs more to purchase and operate between a bus and not one, but several planes?

        How is this even a real conversation?

        August 16, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
    • Osiris

      They are not. They are paying for his protection like we do for every President.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
      • TWM

        Yes we pay for the protection but when he goes out on foolhardy trips like this it costs extra in the number of men, gas,food etc to keep things moving. Presidential Failure....

        August 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
      • Wzrd1

        In other words, TWM wants the president to not campaign, like every OTHER candidate does. GWB campaigning was good, Obama campaigning EVIL.
        OK, NO CANDIDATE MAY CAMPAIGN AT ALL. EVER. AGAIN.
        Just to be a true American and treat all equally.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
      • TWM

        wzrd1 he has a job to do. campaigning now is not worth the money. We need him to actually try and lead, for once it would be novel. His best lines are I inheritted this problem and it is the Republicans fault. this 'president' is anything but a President.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
      • Jamaa

        The (First World) American President can work from anywhere! In any case, should the president of any nation travel to talk to people?

        August 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Paul

      you moron, this is not for the President .. this will be used to transport anybody related tot he campaign, once they have won the nomination of their party ... so for instance you will never ride on this bus ... Romeny could, by the way, you are a$$ is too smelly to ride this buss even if you were the GOP nominee

      August 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
      • Jamaa

        True...!. This is NOT an Obama bus... It shall be used by EVERY president

        August 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Marcus

      We're not paying for his campaigning, we're paying for the protection of the president.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • Kevin in Atlanta

      We are not paying for his campaigning, we are paying for his safety. Two of these buses exist. One for Obama, and the other for the Republican nominee. Obama didn't order these buses, the Secret Service did...

      August 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Richy Rich

      They did when Bush was campaiging.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
      • Cp

        Bush did not spend tax payer money to campaign. He spent campaign dollars!

        August 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • ;klafjo

      I agree. That's why it doesn't have a campaign slogan on the bus or anything like that. While I believe this to be campaigning how do you actually prove that?

      August 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • ALKP

      How was life under that rock?

      August 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Hobbitea Baggins

      We aren't, we're paying for his protection. Just like we did for the Bush league.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • me

      Do you know how to read? they will use it for the republican candidate too! We would all suffer, campaigns or not, if the president or the GOP candidate are murdered, don't you think?!

      August 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • Brian

      Did you not read about the part that said the SECRET SERVICE purchased the buses, and will also use them for the REPUBLICAN NOMINEE?

      Comments like these clearly indicate how little people actually know about their own government.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • Raphael

      Can you read??? Let's try again...this time as a summary...

      "protectees" – President Obama, Vice President Biden, the First Lady and, soon, the Republican presidential nominee, as well as others.

      "Candidates and presidents have been participating in bus tours since 1980."

      In the past, the Secret Service has leased buses, adding protective armor and advanced communications capabilities that must be stripped from the buses to restore them to their original condition before they are returned. It was an expensive practice, costing tens of thousands of dollars per month

      Hope this help clarify things for you.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
      • Ntaschild

        No the Obama -haters do not have to know how to read.

        All they need are "pictures" of the president. Right then the conclusions are drawn. It clearly says WHO purchased the bus and WHO will use the bus. You are wasting your time trying to explain.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • JohnnyB70

      really moron- it's "campaigning"

      August 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • Conky

      You obviously also missed the part where they were purchased from a company in Tennesse. The last time I checked, Tennessee is in the United States. So, what his security did was help stimulate the economy. They put 2.2 million dollars into the RV manufacturing industry (which one can assume is being hit incredibly hard by the recession). The hypocrisy of the tea party republican thought process is absolutely astonishing.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
      • Driver

        It was not built in the US. IT was outfitted here. It was built in Canada. I bet john maddens bus was not nicer, they dont get nicer than this Prevost. Ever watch extreme make over home edition? That bus they move is always a prevost. If you cant recognize a Prevost with out the lettering, look at the dual marker lights on the side. Its there, I see them on the road all the time!! IN CANADA, AT THE FACTORY!!!

        August 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • Adam

      They aren't you genius. Each candidate pays for it himself. You should really learn how things work before spouting that garbage.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Greg

      Ok so everyone agrees that the taxpayers did not purchase these 'Beast"....
      So my question is to everyone that says this how does the S.S. get their funding for protection and how do they get paid. Maybe actioning off some bad guys belongings, but it is not enough to fund these "Beast" nor pay all the S.S. salaries. So where does the funding come from, oh wait it is government funded which is funded by the taxoayers.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • Rhonda

      Texas is paying for Rick Perry to campaign while he is governor of Tx, Taxpayers are paying for Michelle Bachman to campaign while she is on the payroll as a Senator. So I guess Brett you only care if it is the Democrat President Obama. And by the way citizens/ taxpayers of Texas can't find out any travel expenses incurred by Ricky boy for 18 months, the dictator is being protected by the Texas legislation. Check it out. Ricky boy doesn't believe in open government. Our President tells where he is going and how much it cost, no secrets – OPEN GOVERNMENT. I am a Texas resident!

      August 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • clarke

      they aren't, so don't worry

      August 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Ms. White

      you will and will continue too or move the f$%k out of the USA...damn fool

      August 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • WEEZIE

      You'll are always talking about Taxes, and spending, but you're the same people who voted the republicans in office. They're the ones that don't want to raise taxes for their rich friends, knowing that this is what is needed to bring us back from the brink. Sure, blame everything on Obama, but the HOUSE is the ones that put the bills through. They have refused to vote positively on anything that effects their rich friends. President Obama needs to get around to let Jerks like you and your hatred friends understand this. I understand. The only way for any jobs to be made is for the Repubs/teabaggers to stop putting their buddies first and us last. Open your damn eyes and see what's happening! Stop playing the blame game!

      August 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • kelebs

      Some ya Guys are just fools, if he is your brother or your father what would you want for him. you are talking about the President of the USA and ya guy are saying all this rubbish, you ought to be thinking of who you will vote for and what to do about the present economic situation rather to be thinking of the cost a an ordinary bus that is a property of the USA

      August 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • jman

      How much did you pay as tax u idiot? shut up u are racist . If you like it or not he will govern USA for another 5 YEARS ... dick head

      August 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  7. joe

    Obama aka SUPER LEACH
    on this SCREW AMERICA TOUR
    Schucking and Jiving the Gulliable American People

    August 16, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • Paul

      well, you sure are not gullible .. of course not, you will vote for the real guy who really cares for the country, which you will know since he will say no taxes and most of all is not black (yes, we know you are racist) ... thanks God you exist ... man you are so so so so so smart, thank you thank you ...

      August 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
      • Mark

        Why does the race issue keep coming up when Obama is discussed? Should he remain president just because he's part black. President Obama is BLACK and WHITE. Which part is he racist against? I bet you are not a racist though - you just didn't like Bush ecause he was from Texas, huh?

        August 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
      • jean2009

        Because it is absolutely obvious of what is at the root of all the comments. Don't try to divert it by acting dumb.

        August 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Jean will not vote for Michele Bachmann , therefore she is sexist.

        August 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • Ann Marie

      Sick of anyone who posts racial rants and slurs on any site. It's time to knock it off. Any BTW I'm white.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
      • joe

        How is this Racial you make it Racial
        When Palin went on tour you liberals whent nuts
        the difference between Sarah Palins Bus Tour and Obama's is
        Palin paid for her tour
        the American people are paying forObama's

        August 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
      • Wzrd1

        Joey, "Schucking and Jiving the Gulliable American People" is a racist comment.
        That you cannot recognize that fact makes me wonder as to your mental ability, or lack thereof. Or more likely, mental stability, that your own political hatred and programming prevent you from seeing WHAT WAS PLAINLY SAID BY THE POSTER!
        But, be a good little robot, vote like a robot. Why bother holding an election at all? Anyone registered R votes for the wealthiest automatically.
        Because, in YOUR world:
        WAR IS PEACE
        SLAVERY IF FREEDOM
        IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

        August 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • ALKP

      The only Gulliable American is you. Spoonfed by fauxnews..

      August 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
      • joe

        Fox News the ONLY Fair and BALACED reporting
        CNN is so Leftist they can't ride down a street straight

        August 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
      • isaac

        C NN OR NADA AMERICA

        August 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • dr

      Can you people not read?

      August 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • Vigla

      Ugh, your comment is ridiculous and vile. and btw...it's gullible. Not gulliable.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Ms. White

      compared to the GOP telling you that the super rich needs your money to survive and forget about helping the working Americans.....because that what they are saying to all Americans....SUPPORT THE RICH AND F%&K YOU

      August 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
      • Mr, Clean

        So angry Ms. White....

        August 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
      • Revolution18

        I would rather I keep my money, but between the super-rich or the ones that think children are paychecks/or sitting at home all day is a "job"......I'll give it to the super-rich

        August 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • Debra

      You are an idiot.. People like you don't deserve to live in the USA

      August 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • WEEZIE

      You must hang out with the rich creeps. I see why you don't care about Middle Class, because if you did, you would not be so quick to blame President Obama when he only submits the bills. The House, which is Republicans continue to vote them down. You people are so damn selfish!!!

      August 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Jamaa

      The Republicans went to a restaurant, and had a huge feast and left the bill for the current admin..... Yet the Democrats dare not say, that they found a bill on the table when they sat down.....
      The want to cut spending, you will know its politiKs when none of them will say what they want CUT!!

      August 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • jman

      You are welcome back mr racist .. I know you will vote for a white man like urself so shut up OBAMA will rule u for more 5 years

      August 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  8. Paul

    I think it would be great if they are using American-made Bio-Diesel (B100) in that American-made bus

    August 16, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  9. Jarhead

    It's reassuring that the quintessence of success in the American business world, Mr. Warren Buffet, comes out in support of a solution advanced by the Democrats and President Obama in particular. Mr. Buffet advocates more tax on the rich (he claims the 17% tax rate he pays is too low (watch the Bloomberg interview on Charlie Rose) and continued government spending at a time the private sector is unable or unwilling to fill the gap. He knows that the best time to borrow is when interests are at their lowest, as they are now.
    It makes absolute azzes out of all those low wage red neck racists, Tea Party supporters, and the Republicans in general, who wish to extend the tax break to the rich and cut all government spending (infrastructure projects such as roads, transportation and alternative energy where the US is falling far behind its main competitors, especially China), thereby increasing unemployment rather than lowering it.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • Shelia

      No nation ever taxed itself into prosperity. It's like standing in a bucket and trying to lift yourself by the handle. No go. Even if you taxed the wealthy at 100%, you'd only serve to 1) eventually destroy your very own supporters by essentially criminalizing productivity, 2) destroy the economy utterly as all businessmen and women stop striving to create new enterprises, and 3) still fail to meet the gargantuan budget shortfalls caused by the socialist entitlements. Communist Russia failed for a reason. Greece failed for a reason. That reason is socialism and the redistribution of wealth it utilizes.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
      • Koolaidhater

        Drink the Koolaid much? Enough with the "even if you tax the rich at 100%" crap – no one is suggesting it, only suggesting that they pay at the same rate you and I do. Why should Warren Buffet be entitled to take home 83 cents of every dollar he earns, while you and I are only allowed to take home seventy-five cents on the dollar? It's basic fairness- everyone pulls together to keep this country moving forward.

        And for those who failed basic econ, or chose not to take it altogether, a budget deficit exists when expenditures exceed revenue...ie, there are two factors in that equation. So, if we want to be intelligent about reducing the deficit, it makes sense to balance the equation by increasing revenue and reducing expenditures – it will bring that deficit to zero much more quickly and efficiently.

        August 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
      • Wzrd1

        Yeah, it's GREAT to tax the non-wealthy populace anywhere from 20% to 50%, yet the wealthiest pay zero. GREAT notion!
        Not 10%, no, that is unfair. Let the chattel pay the bills for the entire nation and keep pandering only to the wealthy!
        Yet, every nation that DOES tax fairly has advanced to far greater heights than our own nation has managed to.
        But, you, the untraveled, know nothing about the REAL WORLD. You only know what you've "learned" from your twinkie encrusted sofa.
        While those of us who DID, watched, saw and learned.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
      • TWM

        Wzrd1 another misinformed quote: The rich pay 62% of all the revenue collected in the USA. This is a fact.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
      • Ms. White

        PLEASE REMEMBER TO TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO REFUSE ANY GOVERNMENTAL ASSISTANT -(SOCIALISM) LOCAL, STATE, OR FEDERAL WHEN IN NEED. GRANDMA NEEDS TO GET OFF MEDICARE TOO...DAMN FOOL

        August 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
      • Mr, Clean

        Yeah Sheila, be proud, Ms. White called you (and everyone else in this line) a Damn Fool! Just ain't fittin, just ain't fittin.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
      • Rob

        Wzrd1 really has no clue. A vast majority of the US population pays little to no taxes. It is a fact that the top 5% of the population already pay a vast majority of the taxes. Actually read what Buffett has to say. He wants to tax those who make over $1miilion (NOT $250 like Obama) but do so in a way that will make a difference. Most people who make that kind of money do so in capital gains. Increasing capital gains taxes directly affects those who are rich at a much higher rate than everyone else and is the main reason why their overally tax rates are lower. Increasing the federal tax rates only hurts the middle and upper middle class who do have the ability to hide thier money in loopholes.

        Ultimately, a fixed tax rate for all dollars made above $30k (adjusted for inflation) is the only way to farily tax our population. No loopholes, completely fair, and will generate revenue. This is what is done in countires that provide healthcare and other services to their citizens. We want that but are unwilling to pay the 40+% tax rate that other countries like Sweden have.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
      • redpinot

        TWM, I've no idea where your fact comes from. But, in any case, % tax is meaningless without the accompanying % income. From as far as I can gather, the top 5% families paid 59% of total federal tax in 08/09, and the same 5% earned 64% of total income. So, in another word, the top 5% hasn't contributed a fair share. Lying by omission is a common tactic. We need to be more critical when we look at the 'facts'.

        August 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
      • Darren Bradley

        Did you know that Ronald Reagan raised taxes eleven times during his Presidency? The same Reagan you GOPers bow down to. Also, did you realize that he supported gun control? Did you also realize that Reagan legalized abortion as Gov. of California? Did you know that Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency? Do a tiny little bit of education, and stop listening to every word coming from FOX news.

        August 16, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • Trisha

      There are lots of other celebrity millionaires who have said they are perfectly willing to pay more in taxes as well. Crazy world, huh?

      August 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • TWM

      Do not tout Buffett he is only doing what will make him even more money. Do you think he will actually pay more? He has tax guys to protect him from paying too much, and what he can hide he does so in over seas accounts. He says this so he is kept in the loop and given privvy information to use benefitting only him. Like the S&P downgrade. Check out who was selling early in the day (soros and Buffett) with the information received via the Government. S&P flat out said they notified our Gov't hours ahead of the announcement so they could prepare a response. Buffett being the Obama shill that he is was given access to that information.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  10. Paul

    it probably has extendable wings and a jet engine so it could take off if needed and it sure has a series of automatic guns that shoot anybody who look like a tea party member or has a lost" Bachman look" and I am sure the system is set to shoot first, then don't bother asking and ... I bet it does have a PlayStation 3 preloaded with the Angry TeaParty Baggers game, where the guests of the bus can shoot and kill at will any tea party candidate (virtually I mean ;-)

    August 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      Had you ever learned how to read, you'd have noticed how it was also to be used for OTHER CANDIDATES.
      But, idiocy has blinded all of you idiots.
      You and your ilk have doomed this once great nation. Thanks for destroying it while I was spending nearly 5 years fighting for it.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  11. iamthefredman

    His campaign money MUST reimburse the taxpayers for this ridiculous expense. I want to see the accounting on this. Sooner than the birth certificate nonsense. He is not a rock star/hip-hop mogul. He acts like an idiot in public. He is always embarrassing this country. Please vote him out in 2012.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • American

      shhhhhh..... you are making an ass out of yourself

      August 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • Osiris

      The President didn't ask for the bus. Didn't you read the article. The Secret Service requested the bus for the protection of the President during campaigning and the eventual Republican candidate as well.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Bornin1942

      Hummm, the Republican candidate will also be riding in one of these buses. So who should be voted out??

      August 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • ALKP

      You people are bigger idiots that people give you credit for. I didn't read idiotic comments like this when Bush was president.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
      • db

        That's becasue Bush didn't do stupid idiotic stuff, he only did stupid stuff.

        August 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • Richy Rich

      You mean, like when Bush did the same by Air Force 1, plus all the vacations at "The Ranch," while soldiers were dying in Iraq? Okay.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
      • TWM

        Foolish Comment: At least Bush remained in the USA when vacationing. How many overseas expensive trips have the Obama's taken? Go ahead do the math. Bush was an idiot but he didn't cost us nearly as much as this President.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • Chris

      Don't worry, tea baggers, the gas needed to fuel this thing will benefit the rich oil tycoons who fund the Republicans clawing to get in the race.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Raphael

      Can you read??? Let's try again...this time as a summary...

      "protectees" – President Obama, Vice President Biden, the First Lady and, soon, the Republican presidential nominee, as well as others.

      "Candidates and presidents have been participating in bus tours since 1980."

      In the past, the Secret Service has leased buses, adding protective armor and advanced communications capabilities that must be stripped from the buses to restore them to their original condition before they are returned. It was an expensive practice, costing tens of thousands of dollars per month

      Hope this help clarify things for you.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • Pandorasbox

      Dude, you're not getting it, neither are you, db. THE SECRET SERVICE ordered these buses, not Obama. And refering to him as a hip-hop mogul or rock star only displays your ignorance and your racial bias as plain as day. The Secret Service is Congressionally mandated to protect our Presidents with whatever resources they deem fit, regardless of party affiliation. Do you want them to reimburse you for Marine One or Air Force One, too? It's transportation, and whatever transportation they choose as most effective to do the job will be what they use.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
      • TWM

        And who funds the SS, who gives orders to the SS? Sigh some try to be intelligent only to fail miserably.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Rhope

      Yo did not read the whole article, do you? Or is your short term memory that challenged? "In the past, the Secret Service has leased buses, adding protective armor and advanced communications capabilities that must be stripped from the buses to restore them to their original condition before they are returned. It was an expensive practice, costing tens of thousands of dollars per month,"

      August 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • RobPhilly

      You people are so stupid it blows my mind.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Debbie

      He did not get my vote the first time nor will he in 2012! He needs to go

      August 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      OK, fair is fair. His campaign fund will purchase it from the Secret Service. NO OTHER CANDIDATE SHALL HAVE ANY SECURITY THAT THEY DO NOT PAY FOR.
      Since, you object to them using this bus also, as was PLAINLY SAID IN THE STORY, ILLITERATE.
      Secret Service USED to provide candidate security, but you objected. Let them get killed if they can't afford to hire armed security.
      Just to have it your way.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
      • Ms. White

        TWM is so confused...you can not talk to people who want to harm others because he is such a small person and bullied all his life
        twm must let the SS know that whomever is the next president can not have security because they are worth protecting....damn fool

        August 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • Ms. White

      because he can speak proper english and not in fifth grade, hillbilly, redneck, trailer park, street or hood dialect?

      August 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • WEEZIE

      I doubt if anyone of those Rep/teabaggers running for President would be able to sit down with any dignitary from another country and carry on a conversation without almost getting shot or having them start a war with the US. They're too ignorant.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • jman

      Vote him out huh? That right so you can vote in your race ? Is good to vote another white man so he can kill as many american as he want cause he care for war rather sorting out the economy crisis before he left for obama... U are such an idiot ,u and ur followers will cry again cause obama will be re elect and govern u for another 4 years term ASSHOLE

      August 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      Obama/Biden 2012.

      Sure bet !!

      August 17, 2011 at 10:47 am |
  12. American

    Brett..... Give it a rest, the $134.00 you paid in taxes from your McDonald's job went to pay a cop to protect you.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  13. dilberth

    Well, Obama is spending our money faster than water going over Niagara Falls. Too bad he won't be on that bus after 2012.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • American

      If the Republicans had any decent alternative I might agree with you but with the state of the Republican party I am pretty sure we will see another 4 years with this guy. His approval rating only shows what Americans think of how he is doing, not how he would stack up against an opponent.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Paul

      I wouldn't bet on that .. however I know someone who will never even come close to that bus .. or any bus where smart people ride for that matter .. and that person is you... poor sorry a$$ ...

      August 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • stephen

      I want to see your face when he is re elected into office. I guarantee everybody is going to say he bought his way to re election.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
      • trp48

        I would like to know one thing that Obama has done for this country that he said he will take care of durring his last campaign tour?

        August 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
    • Richy Rich

      So the surplus we had when Clinton went out and Bush went in, and became the largest debt in history by the time Obama got in isn't noteworthy? Talk about pick and choose denial.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
      • TWM

        Was no real surplus it has been proven to be specialized "accounting".

        August 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • Vigla

      Gov't expenditures are pretty much the same as they were when Bush was prez. The problem is we are not collecting as much money anymore now that people are out of work and we have such low tax rates on the wealthy that we can't pay our bills. It's sad you are so duped by the right wing.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
      • TWM

        It is sadder that you are clueless. If you increase the tax rates why won't companies leave? You realize that other Countries are far most cost effective right? Now go ahead say the obvious line here: Tax rates were higher during Clinton and before that: LOL now factor in NAFTA can't raise taxes when there is no stopping businesses from leaving.
        Remember NAFTA began during the Clinton Years but blossomed under Bush, and unfortunately under Obama. We can't go back to higher tax levels it will mean less jobs here. Well we could always demolish all the excess malls and empty business sites, and make farmers out of everyone.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • dilberth

      Yes, now I agree that the Republican contenders are like a kids on a rocking horse, which we all know, goes nowhere.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • David

      Baffles me that republican supports have such a short memory. Quick history lesson, and it's only 10 years old. Bill Clinton (Democrat) had a balanced budget and was paying off the national debt. We still had all our social programs in place and the economy was doing very well. Despite what pun-dents tell you, 3% more tax on the rich does and never has trashed the economy. Then along came Bush who said he wanted to use that "surplus" and immediately gave tax cuts to everyone which put us in a deficit. Currently about 20% of our deficit comes from those cuts. Then 9/11 and the ramp up from that. It's safe to say that everyone agreed going into Afghanistan was a good idea, it just was done poorly and is still going to this day. Then.. for some bizarre reason, he starts another war with Iraq. 2 wars, and no new taxes to pay for them. These account for 50% to 60% of our deficit. Then, before the end of his presidency the economy tanks and the only true thing a government can do to alleviate a country in recession is put people to work... by what... spending money on things.

      This stimulus spending continued under Obama and he expanded it. Something econonomists and anyone who's actually studied history agrees is the best course of action. The only people who disagree with it are the republicans who want to have another republican in office. Some of the very stimulus measures that Obama put in place were republican proposed plans under Bush only months earlier, but the last thing they wanted was a succssful democrat, so they've opposed and lied to their base telling them that stimulus spending is bad, tax cuts are good. All when there is not a single example of this ever working, and multiple examples of Obama's plan working.

      And back to your point about Obama spending like Niagara Falls... Let's see. Tax cuts, 2 Wars started by the previous president account for between 70% and 80% of the deficit. The remaining 20% to 30% is believed to be a combination of the stimulus spending and the actual revenue loss due to the recession.

      You have been lied to. Republicans like to tell you they're all about a balanced budget. There has not been a republican president in my lifetime that's had one. For that matter, I don't think there has been one in my father's either. The difference is, all the money goes to shady corporate contracts and tax breaks. While democratic spending is out in the open going back to the people. Therefore, it's easy point at and mock.

      Most of Obama's deficit spending is Republican policy. Get your facts straight. And the parts that aren't, are legislative temporary measures for the recession.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
      • Killer Of Morons

        Well Put David.

        August 17, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • JustNo

      dilberth, you and all the other stupid band wagoners are complaining about Obama when they have no idea what they are talking about. The bus cost $1.1 million... And I can guarantee that the majority of that money went into the safety of the bus, making sure that THE LEADER OF OUR COUNTRY could remain safe. Is that really something to bitch about? Get your facts straight. We're better off with Obama in 2012 than with the Republican dumb asses...

      August 16, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  14. luke

    brett your right, if it was a campain bus and if the other candidate didn't get one too.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
  15. TXJack

    I wonder what this Election Bus Tour is costing the Taxpayers.
    A snake in the grass.
    Go out under one pretense and promote your next election campaign.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • Pandorasbox

      No matter what Obama does during this season of the Iowa Straw Poll or the constant comings and goings of the various Republican candidates is going to look like campaigning, even though that's not how he's framing it. Just by being in office, people will claim that he's campaigning any time he goes anywhere. There's no winning on that point, even though he's talking WITH people, not talking AT them the way many of those who are truly campaigning are doing. No matter where he goes or even if he stays in Washington, the resources for guarding him are coming from the same Secret Service contingent assigned to him. That's kind of the way it works.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      So, it was acceptable for GWB to campaign for reelection, but not Obama? Why is that?
      Wrong party? Or wrong color?
      SOMETHING is different, what IS it?
      Meanwhile, the Secret Service ordered the bus for ALL CANDIDATES.
      DISBAND THE SECRET SERVICE. Let all presidents get killed when a lunatic wants it, let counterfeit money abound! Let banks be robbed! They did their job and should be fired, per Texas' idiocy.
      Give that state back to Mexico!

      August 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
      • TWM

        What is different is we are in a financial hole with limited opportunites to extract ourselves. This President should be trying to lead for once rather than vacationing and campaigning.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  16. smartaz

    yeah, a gigantic bus is a great idea when gas prices continue to hover near $4 a gallon. Gotta love our government.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • midleclssfan

      One thing is for sure here, ignorance is alive and well in this country. Do you think Air Force One would have been a less expensive alternative? All you haters are pathetic individuals and need to get a life.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  17. Charles B

    How he ever found so many fools to stand in front of a bullet for him is beyond me,

    August 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • smartaz

      Well, there are guys who are claiming they would take a bullet for him. There were secret service around George Bush had a shoe thrown at him. Those guys wouldn't even block the shoe for him.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
      • Killer Of Morons

        That Iraq guy had two shots and he missed, how dissapoining.

        August 17, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • Ann Marie

      Are you threatening our President? I think this post from Charles B needs serious investigation. Shame on you!

      August 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
      • ALKP

        I already reported it with the secret service. This needs to stop. These loosers are just getting out of control.

        August 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
      • M in NM

        Only an Obama loving lib would misconstrue something like that. He's referring to the secret service agents who willingly volunteer to do exactly that-take a bullet for his ass if someone decided to fire. They're stupid for volunteering to protect a traitor like Obama IMO too

        August 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
      • smartiepants

        Gee thanks. that will waste even more taxpayer dollars on something that was obviously not a threat.

        August 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
      • John Null

        Ann Marie

        Always be careful for the words you actually use in any post. It is very dangerous for your FREE HUMAN BEING status as, the words can and will get you arrested and sitting in a federal jail awaiting prosecution for " threatening a sitting President."

        It's no laughing matter! It can and will happen even if not today. Maybe next week, next year, long after this President is out of office. Our freedom of speech is not in force when addressing the President with harsh vernacular.

        If you are not respectful to him, the President, it may be your children who suffer most, your extended family, your neighbors. No one wants federal agents knocking on their doors and staking out your family in order to see just how much of a threat you are, if any.

        FYI
        soldier 1

        August 16, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
      • ALKP

        What's the matter boy? don't have the cojones to put them where you mouth is...? losers!

        August 16, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
      • Wzrd1

        Thanks, ALKP. You saved me the trouble.
        Maybe when people realize that freedom of speech does not extend to threats, sedition and treason, they'll learn to behave in a civil manner. BEFORE someone loose in the head ACTS on such suggestions!

        August 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
      • dukefan

        Please explain how that was seen as a threat? His post may be offensive to SS members, but it wasn't threatening or seditious or treasonous like Wzrd1 is implying....of course Wzrd1's favorite slogan is "ignorance is strength"...so consider the source.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • dilberth

      No, he is not threatening anyone. Although it has been too long of an interval between JFK's sudden removal from office to the present. The assassin rides in elegance.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • db

      Ann Marie, lighten up. He only said what the Secret Service folks have already sworn to do. It is surprising that so many have signed up to protect his worthless butt.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
      • Wzrd1

        Actually, it IS an actionable threat and WILL be acted upon.
        The SLIGHTEST hint is acted upon, for good reason.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • midleclssfan

      Hey dirt bag I bet your own family hates you.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Ms. White

      Mad and jealous that the SS want do it for you...he is the POTUS...you are just a Damn FOOL

      August 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • jman

      Can u take a bullet for bush ? i know u will cause he is a white GET A LIFE U ASSHOLE

      August 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  18. Kevin

    You all need a hobby. You notice the article said this bus would be used for the GOP candidate as well. Though, I don't see a picture of a short bus, so not sure how that'll work out....

    August 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      ROFLMAO! Cute one for the short bus.
      Frankly, ANYONE wanting to be president IS a short bus candidate!
      That said, they DID get a GREAT price for a custom, armored bus! A SUPER price, as I have a rather good idea as to the Secret Service specifications. I'll honestly venture an educated guess that if you or I ordered such a bus, it'd cost 3 million at least.
      Many companies STILL make the presidential vehicles at a loss, just for the prestige of their vehicle carrying a president. And in this case, for a president AND candidates.
      I know that *I* would take a loss on it with pride.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • sheva

      I laughed at the "short bus" comment out loud. Thanks!

      August 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      Funny Kevin, i just spit my coffee on my monitor !!!!

      August 17, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  19. Kevin in Atlanta

    After reading a few comments, I am concerned that many CNN readers do not have reading comprehension skills.

    Obama did not order these buses for his campaign. These buses were order by the Secret Service for the purpose of moving political figures from one location to another. 2 buses exist, one for Obama, and the other for the eventual Republican nominee.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • db

      What happend to aircraft and armored SUV's?

      August 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
      • Chuck

        You cant sleep on an SUV a tour bus typically has 6 to 12 bunks in it. And can drive overnight. to the next destnation its alot cheaper than fueling up a plane

        August 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
      • jman

        Sorry u are dumb

        August 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
    • Brian

      Right on Kevin – and let's go even further. One of the buses is for the PRESIDENT, and the other for the other party's nominee. These will remain in service after Obama is gone....

      August 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • ALKP

      They are not CNN readers. They are fauxnews escapees. Fauxnews needs to come and round them up and bring them back to where real hate and unamericanism is..

      August 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • hhhhh

      Unsurprisingly its the republicans that cant read.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      Armored SUV's have the worst mileage on the planet, right up there with a tank for fuel usage.
      They're uncomfortable as all get out.
      They can't carry a press corps.
      Hence, the bus is an economical and efficient way to move a GROUP on a tour.
      Because, I know of NO farmer who would want Air Force One to land in his field!
      100 armored SUV's on rural roads is a nightmare akin to a tractor convention in the area.
      100 fuel trucks following them would only make things even worse.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  20. rlcommenter

    The cruel media treated Bush so awful his second term.. I can't wait till Obama feels the ugly side of the media in his second term..

    August 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • Vigla

      Bush got what he deserved. He lied us into war, failed to protect us from a terror attack they had intelligence that said it was coming, tried to push SS privitization on us, and destroyed the economy. Gee, I wonder why the media was sooo hard on poor little Bushie...

      August 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  21. Shelia

    Gallup reported this today: "Ten incumbent presidents have sought re-election since World War II, and none has won a second term with final pre-election job approval ratings below 48%. Obama's ratings as of today: 39%"

    Thank Heaven we don't have to worry about another 4 years of this guy. Meanwhile, we're paying for his campaign bus trip with our tax dollars. Isn't that swell?

    August 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Vigla

      So a year plus out, you take the current job approval rating and call it the "final" rating, right? Boy, education is really a problem in this country. The only number that matters is the days leadingup to the election. Obama hasn't even campaigned yet. When he does, look out! The party of NO that has no answers will fall and fall HARD...

      August 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
      • phil

        I give Sheila a D- in comprehension.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
      • Romney 2012

        "So a year plus out, you take the current job approval rating and call it the "final" rating, right?"
        Vigla, you might want to try some of that education you speak of.

        The comment made was, "none has won a second term with final pre-election job approval ratings below 48%. Obama's ratings as of today: 39%"

        "Obama's ratings as of today: 39%"

        Never called it the final rating. You misunderstood that.

        August 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • RobPhilly

      I'm not surprised you can't read.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Miracleworkerinthewhitehouse

      Wow – it's amazing, this exepectation that someone will step into office, wave a magic wand and "poof" – either the world is suddenly perfect for every voter or the incumbent in the biggest loser ever when he hasn't solved every major problem on the planet in 2 1/2 years.

      Let's get real. It doesn't matter what this president does – you hate him because he's not of your party and doesn't do exactly what your faux news talking heads think he should do – although if he did, they'd disclaim their own suggestions and still hate him. There's no desire in this country anymore to get educated in the issues, have a reasonable dialogue, and compromise to work out this country-s problems. Far better to read the first sentence of every article, complain about everything, and continue to hate because we feel better about our own pathetic selves when we do.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • Ms. White

      you paid for past president travels...did you complain then or are you just showing your damn fool colors or lack of color

      August 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • jman

      You are so dumb that u cant even understand ur self.. Do you think only your 1 vote will elect him back to office NO .. he will govern u for another 4 years term u haters.. vote ur white man who cares ASSHOLE

      August 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      Who is going to defeat him ?

      Romney – Corporations are people.
      Bachmann – Pray the gay away
      Concord is in Mass, not N.H.
      Perry – Pray for rain
      Stimulating the econy is treason ?
      Palin – Our forfathers worked hard to eliminate slavery
      (wrong, most had been slave owners)
      Cain – Great pizza's
      Santorium – CRAZY, took his dead daughter home for all to see.
      Paul – Color of the sky in his world changes daily.
      Pawlenty – Male Bachmann clone.
      Trump – Reality show host.

      ALL right wing religious nuts, all rich and have no clue how the rest of us live.
      You republicans want to hand over the codes for nukes to these people ????

      N U T S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      August 17, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  22. Deep Throat

    Move that bus!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  23. Deep North

    Screech...Screech..Screech.. So the Secret Service orders 2 buses that maintain an American company and this is the thanks they get!...Damned if they do...Damned if they don't!

    August 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Yup

      (WHAM!) –that's the sound of you hitting the nail on the head.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  24. shadrack2

    And they are supposed to be trying to cut spending??????

    August 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  25. ron mexico

    people, if you read the article, the secret service purchased the buses for moving protected individuals, not just the president. it will also be used by the repub nominee... so WHY would you say that pres obama needs to pay it back??? also and last time i check, i believe the president raise alot of private money, not just gov funding for the campaign.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  26. StellarSara

    in comparison to the 2 million dollar double-decker mobile "estate" Ashton Kutcher is lounging in while shooting 2 & A Half Men...I'd say this is a travesty and a sad example of the state of affairs this country is in, and 2 – a good use of a moving vehicle.

    To appeal to the working and-or struggling class, I'd much prefer Obama ride around in a bus versus a jet or first-class anything.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  27. Chuck

    $1,100,000.00! Really! I like my $2400 Dodge Caravan (turbo, no less), but of course, I'm nobody. Opps, can I tell you that it is a 1990 model? Wasn't I supposed to turn that in with cash for clunkers. Oh nevermind silly. A MILLION DOLLARS! We all just read this like it is perfectly normal. A Million? I can't quite get my brain around that.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • RobPhilly

      That isn't surprising.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  28. db

    You have to be kidding me. #2,200,000 for two buses for this idiot to campaign in? With the economy in the dumper, which he put it in, and the USA in serious debt, he has the audasity to order two armored buses so he can sherk his duties as the POTUS and go out joy riding around the country and gland hand? Give me a F break. If he start his campaign now at the 3/4 mark of his elected period then he should give up at least 25% of his pay, benefits, and retirement. He was elected to be the POTUS not a circus performer!

    August 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • hhhhh

      Do you have a headache right now from being so stupid?

      August 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
      • Ms. White

        funny response....may have had a stroke too

        August 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • D

      Guess you didn't read the whole article. That's OK, carry on.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • Brian

      Do none of you seriously understand how the modern electoral process works???

      ALL PRESIDENTS START CAMPAIGNING EARLY

      It's fine to be a Republican and have opinions on things, but when you criticize the President for items unrelated to policy, your arguments instantly become invalidated.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • Jean

      President Obama is going out to speak to American citizens, as did President Bush, and every other President. A President has to talk about the issues. He has to talk about his view of the issues. There are elections every two years, which makes for an almost constant election cycle. Every statement made by Republicans sounds like campaigning. Hard to get around it, when that's how the system works.

      As other posters have pointed out, this is not something the President ordered. This is something the Secret Service added to their fleet, for use by any President in the future, as well. The sad thing is, our politicians now need this level of protection from the crazies among us.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • Paul

      Give me a break people!!! I am not that big of a fan of Mr Obama... I dont think he has done many of the things he promised in his Change... but he is NOT the one who got us in this mess. Mr Bush is the main reason why we are in this mess. I fear for what might happen if we elect any of the options we have from the Republican party, especially Bachmann or Palin. The American Empire will certainly fall if that happens.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • midleclssfan

      All you whinning right wingnuts your arguments are as usual, not grounded. Instead of spending so much time whinning about a bus, try spending as much time complaining about why your party is against raising taxes for the rich. Doing so might in fact improve the economy and perhape you too will benefit.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • Debra

      You make me want to puke you are so ignorant... You don't like it here get out.. There are other places you can live.. I'm sure you would be happy somewhere else

      August 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • jman

      Best advice KILL URSELF

      August 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      Nah.....
      Popped a blood vessel.

      August 17, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • jean2009

      You do realize these type buses cost from $200,000 to $3 Million each so 2 for $2.2Million with all the added safety features is a good deal.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  29. brony4life

    1.1 million is actually a really good price for that.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  30. MeatHead

    atleast I know my tax money is going to "good" use....I guess if your in debt hundreds of trillions whats a couple mil?

    August 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  31. chris

    needs black wheels...

    August 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • db

      With spinning hubcaps, hydrolic shocks, and boom box speakers!

      August 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  32. Bob in Pa

    More frickin wasted taxpayer money.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • Vigla

      Read the article! It says the secret service was spending much more retrofitting rented buses for both candidates. This will actually SAVE money. Jeez, you'd tink the party of fiscal responsibility would know something about saving money... I guess that whole line is a joke then.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Brian

      You're aboslutely right, and while we're at it, let's tell other federal agencies or departments how to spend their funds – no more multi-million dollar NASA missions! That Obama character is bankrupting the nation with them!

      August 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
      • Ms. White

        you were a NASA employee...Congrass cut your funds years back...comlain to them

        August 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      Secret service finds a way to save money
      republicans scream for Obamas head on a stick.
      Sad, but true,
      you cant fix stupid.

      August 17, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  33. Chinmoy

    Glad we didnt buy the bus from China.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  34. emperorobama

    I be pimpin the bling yo! It's fat to be da Emperor!

    August 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  35. Bob in Pa

    More money wasted and more traffic nightmares as the Pres rolls through the country.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      But its OK if, Bachmann, Perry, Palin, Santorum, ect do it, right !
      It was OK when Bush did it, Right !
      How sad to be you.

      August 17, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  36. ericb

    His first sotu speech promised help for small bus. His second said small business is the backbone of America. My backbone is at the breaking point while they buy million dollar busses!!! We will fall as rome did. The rich have lawyers to keep their money, the poor just want their freebies!!! The FORMER MIDDLE CLASS PAYS THE BILL!!!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • Yup

      The irony in your statement is that the buses were purchased by a company in Tennessee, thereby supporting a business employing hardworking Americans. And the purchase represented a cost savings over retrofitting leased buses. Reading comprehension combined with critical thinking can be an enlightening experience.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
      • Yup

        Apologies – "from" a company in Tennessee, not "by" a company in Tennessee.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  37. Thomas H.

    I wonder if it has sidewinder missles.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
  38. Mark

    There is no way this bus costed us only a million. Was there a 75% off coupon? With all the security upgrades on these things, I'm surprised it didn't cost 10 million. Isn't his limo a few mil?

    August 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  39. arthur rogers

    OK! Barry needs bus #1 for a specific day. Joe needs bus #2 for the same day. Question: What does the Republican nominee get when they need the bus for the same day? Suggestions?

    August 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • Mike

      They have two buses. Read the story?

      August 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  40. D

    Why can't people just read the article before making ridiculous comments? I just do not understand what is so hard about that.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • jman

      They are all stupid haters and they will all fall and cry cause obama will rule again for 4 years

      August 16, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  41. M in NM

    If the Beast only gets 8 mpg, I wonder what this monstrosity does? It's BS to say he isn't campaigning right now. It disgusts me that he uses our tax dollars so arrogantly as if he is on "official" Presidential business to fund his reelection bid.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • M in NM

      I love how the official press briefing for today says "President Obama will head to suburban Virginia today to announce new fuel efficiency standards for trucks, buses and other duty vehicles." So is this bus "fuel efficient" or is something like this exempt? My bet is on "exempt" Way to show some leadership with your new bus BO! LOL

      http://whitehouse.blogs.cnn.com/2011/08/09/potus-schedule-tuesday-august-9-2011/?iref=obinsite

      August 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
      • Brian

        And I assume that YOU drive a Chevy Volt? I'm positive that this bus has certain specifications (acceleration, horsepower, electrical demands) that need something MUCH more powerful than a hybird or pure electric engine can provide.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
      • Yup

        More fuel efficient than flying from location to location, or substituting a fleet of SUVs...

        August 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • Ms. White

      you just a damn fool

      August 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
      • The Central Scrutinizer

        @"Ms White": That's a mirror you're gazing into, not a computer screen (Haven't you noticed? There's no video input!).

        September 1, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  42. Kevin

    He's still the president! DUH!!! He has to make sure that the bus is secure against attacks. They make an issue about a huge bus, but never say anything when they show his motorcade which has a lot of cars. Just trying to find something to complain about. And Tax money can't go towards campaigning.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  43. Pete

    "The price tag for each bus: $1.1 million, purchased from Hemphill Brothers Coach Company in Tennessee."

    Hemp-hill Brothers: so that's why the price is so high :)

    August 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  44. Aeroman91

    HEY I'M GOING TO WRITE IN ALL CAPS NOT BECAUSE I'M MAD OR ANYTHING, BUT BECAUSE HOPEFULLY ALL THE IDIOTS ON HERE WILL SEE THIS.
    The taxpayers are NOT paying for this, that is ILLEGAL. He has raised plenty of money for his campaign through CONTRIBUTIONS. And btw, the GOP candidate will also get a large armored tour bus because the SECRET SERVICE ordered it. What do you people want him to do??? Drive around the country in a Corolla??

    August 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  45. db

    I wonder if it came with an automatic feature that lets them know when Kentucky Fryed Chicken or Churches Fryed chicken is within so many miles.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • Jean

      And the racist wittiness just keeps coming. You guys are so clever, so imaginative, so original.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
    • midleclssfan

      No, but is sure will let him know when he's about to pass the trailor park you call home.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Ms. White

      your lack of color is showing you damn fool

      August 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Mr, Clean

      It's fried, not fryed.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  46. Danno

    Ms. Keilar, " how pimped is this ride?" Really? Would you say that if it was a Bush?

    @Joe, "Schucking and jiving?" shame on you as well for broadcasting your ignorance.

    These uinits were purchased by the Secret Service, and will be used for many years to come

    August 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  47. unknown11

    Has anyone figured out why he is campaigning already? I guess it is really the only thing he is good at. We are still in the primary season. Is he afraid of losing his own primary?

    August 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • jman

      Unknown is your name so you shut up .. U are a looser and u can never wish him good cause he is a black ASSHOLE

      August 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      Obama doesnt need to campaign
      there is NO competition.
      4 more years.

      August 17, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • jean2009

      You do realize Bush started campaigning for his second term in 2002...read: George W. Bush and the Permanent Campaign.

      August 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  48. C-Lo

    Talk about not reading...these busses were NOT ordered under Pres Bush, mr Richy Rich. And where is the "outrage" at the author for talking about a "pimped ride?" We all know "what she meant" by that. Maybe he wouldn't be "bashed" (the way Bush was by all of you) if you all started treating him more presidential and not like "fity cent" on tour. Will this writer start referring to the White House as his "Crib" too? Maybe that's all you "M-TV" generation can relate to. Same attitudes that glamorize $250,000 birthdays for 16 year olds at the same time as 16 year old unwed mothers. Go back and get your GED's. It's not too late to come into the adult world.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  49. joe

    Obama aka SUPER LEACH
    on this SCREW AMERICA TOUR
    Schucking and Jiving the Gulliable American People

    August 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  50. Pierres

    Hello America,

    The "beast" is proudly made in ST-CLAIRE, QUEBEC, CANADA......

    HA HA HA THAT SO FUNNY

    August 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  51. joe

    When Palin went on tour you liberals whent nuts
    the difference between Sarah Palins Bus Tour and Obama's is
    Palin paid for her tour
    the American people are paying forObama's

    August 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • palintwit

      Palin's bus tours are paid by her PAC fund, not out of her own pocket.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
      • joe

        Still the american taxpayer is not paying as they are for the Obamanation Bus

        August 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • jean2009

      @joe Who do you think the PAC fund is ....remember Romney said corporations are people? Don't you remember the Rethugliklans paid nearly $200,000 for her campaign wardrobe.

      August 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  52. mk

    Black is Back :P

    August 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  53. Conky

    You obviously also missed the part where they were purchased from a company in Tennesse. The last time I checked, Tennessee is in the United States. So, what his security did was help stimulate the economy. They put 2.2 million dollars into the RV manufacturing industry (which one can assume is being hit incredibly hard by the recession). The hypocrisy of the tea party republican thought process is absolutely astonishing.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
    • Bob

      Bought in Tenn. Made in Canada. Good for the Canadian unemployment rate. Way to go Big O.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  54. Mike, Cleveland OH

    The GOP version is 1/3rd as long and has a wheelchair ramp.
    Also easily identified by "SPECIAL EDUCATION DISTRICT" written on the side.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  55. Neil

    You morons need to READ the article. The Secret Service purchased these vehicles to transport protectees.
    1. They were not purchased for Obama's campaign.
    2. They will be used for future presidents.
    3. They are actually saving money over the lifetime of the vehicle.
    So if you're going to rant about Obama having his campaigning funded by the taxpayer, please go back over to faux news where your illogical, misinformed rant will be tolerated. Thanks!

    August 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  56. Deep North

    The purchase of the buses benefits a middle size company in Tenn. and kept a few Americans employed The purchase benefits the exact people who a lot of you are complaining about being out of work. It's cheaper than taking AF1 everywhere to talk with the people of the country. so it provided jobs and saves money on the operating expenses of the Presidency.....Hmmm!

    August 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • Pierres

      THE PREVOST BUS IN CANADA

      August 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  57. Mr. D

    Reading these postings has really presented a good argument against cutting education funding as part of reducing goverment spending; because apparently some of these people flunked reading comprehension. The areticles says that Secret service ordered the buses in anticipation of busy season for 2012 election campaign becauswe they have rented such buses in the past which caused taxpayers more money in terms of monthly rental and then strip the buses of the equipments used to armor the buses. It is much cheaper to have them in the fleet and maintain them without additional costs of armoring the rental buses. In addition it is not for Obama only but also for the Republican nominees. Please read the article before spewing your unnecessary venums against Obama...if anything, it saves money in the long run.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  58. GvilleT

    If you want to look at spending tax payers money, you need to look at EVERY politician there is. If you want to start looking at BIG spending of tax payers money...look no further than the big and mighty Texas Governor Rick Perry.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  59. Pierre

    $1.1 million??? Really???? American's are starving and homeless. Good job.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  60. Jean

    Another difference you've missed is that Obama is the President. I'm sorry, I know it pains you.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  61. kake79

    Did any of you people complaining actually READ the whole article? First, this is cheaper in the long run. Before, the Secret Service was renting buses and retrofitting them temporarily. Now they own a bus and have it built to their specs. This bus is used not just for campaigning, either. It can be used at any time by anyone that is under Secret Service protection which will include the Republican Presidential nominee. Now, I am no Obama supporter (I'm not a Bachman supporter, either, for that matter) but I have absolutely no issue with this. The Secret Service are arguable the best protection detail in the world and they aren't ones to go about throwing away money on needless toys so, if they deemed this necessary, I support them.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  62. bb

    How else are you going to get a president with more threats of violence against him than any other sitting president out to meet his constituency, the American people? Bigotry, violence, and hate DOES cost this country big bucks. When this country grows up, maybe we won't be in this position again. Until then....

    August 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Ms. White

      THANK YOU

      August 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  63. Joe

    This bus costs a whole lot LESS than the Afghan and Iraqi wars and what is currently being spent on Homeland security across the country to compensate for Bush breaching and compromising our national security. Let's face it, when your kids have grandkids they would still be paying for these wars.

    And as far as Warren Buffet goes, he's right in that we should tax the rich. But what I find irritating when the talk comes up about taxing the rich in America, the Obama administration has failed to defuse the senseless criticism simply because it has failed to connect and explain what the PRINCIPLE of taxing the wealthy means. For example, when president Obama talk about taxing the wealthy, he is not proposing these taxes as a means of punishing the wealthy but rather as a means of simply asking them to kindly make a temporary sacrifice for COUNTRY in times of national crisis. Sort of what we ask our troops to do each and every day to protect and preserve our freedoms and way of life.

    Likewise, when the historic healthcare legislation was passed, the provisions in it was not established as a means of punishing the multi billion dollar pharmaceutical companies but rather as a means of asking them to make a compromise where their employees and American across this country can affordable decent healthcare for themselves and families. No, it is not punishment, it's simply called putting America first. And if the rich gives more, then they deserve more credit and they should be proud that America is still ahead in the world because they put country ahead of self. And while some to the right seem to be mistaken into believing that this presidency is about BLACk and WHITE, I say to you no, this presidency isn't about BLACK and WHITE but it is about RED, WHITE and BLUE. Remember the mood on that historic night across America when president Obama announced the killing of OBL? Yes, it's about RED, WHITE and BLUE.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • joe

      there you go again you liberals are not happy unless your blamming Bush Yes the Bus cost less but the point is this bus is for his benifit to try to keep his job and bullshit America
      the money spent on the war was proper We saved a people from destruction don't give me any crap unless you were there I WAS You want us out and descrace the men and women who died there because they belived in what we are doing
      As far as health care go to canada and wait six months and 3 meetings with administrators before you get approved for a Gall blatter removal

      August 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • Blahblahblah

      It's amazing how people forget – the rich were given a huge tax BREAK that was not extended to the rest of the country about ten years ago. Now that the country is in financial crisis, it seems to be blasphemy to suggest that they go back to paying their MANDATED tax rate rather than continuing to accept a taxpayer-funded entitlement.

      Why is everyone OK with the fact that the Warren Buffets of the world get to keep over 83 cents of every dollar they earn, while the middle and lower classes only get to keep 75 cents or LESS of every dollar we earn?

      August 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  64. usafakid09

    Did you people actually read the article or did you just glance at the headlines and draw your own conclusions? The President did not order the Secret Service to purchase this bus. The Secret Service purchased this bus in order to meet its protective mission in a more cost effective manner for both the President and the Republican Presidential nominee (hence two buses). Or would you rather have had them continue to lease buses, put the equipment in, then strip out like they have been doing until now (spending more money doing that mind you)? Now I see why we still have the Electoral College in place, because of ignorant people that are biased and unwilling to listen.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  65. joe

    This Country is doomed
    you liberals show such hatered to the Tea party and the Republicans that your blind
    if the Reb said the sky was bkue you liberals would say they are wrong

    August 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • Vigla

      joe, conservative views on how the world works are just not based on reality. You all act like the whole mess we're in was caused by Obama somehow when everyone knows it wasn't his fault. You have no credibility on things.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
      • joe

        look back on who controled congress when the crap hit the fan I'm not saying the Reb are not guilty I'm saying they both are
        But Obama is cluless he wants this country to fall so he can pass his socalist adjenda
        you have idiots like pelosi that say and I quote "Pass the bill we will read it later" is this the best you have?

        August 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • Neil

      Strange how that works isn't it?! It's kind of like Boehner and a few other Repugs agreeing with a debt solution plan until they found out that Obama supported it. Compromise with the GOP is nearly impossible – they ignore facts and information for lies and soundbites. The GOP would rather put money into the pockets of the rich than to assist the average citizen.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • Steve

      I just want to know what color are the fuzzy dice around the rear view mirror.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Ms. White

      would you put your future into the hands of people who cannot even spell the word "BLUE" damn fool

      August 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  66. Nic

    probably gets 5 miles to the gallon.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  67. Deep North

    someone should slap Brianna Keier and Ali Velchi for using the word pimped in regard to the President!

    August 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  68. Pat Leath

    Who ordered these "Dark Vader" vans in the first place? Betcha it was not the Secret Service..

    August 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  69. Dan

    This isn't Obama's bus, it's the President's bus. If Obama doesn't get re-elected, the bus belongs to the next schmuck that sets up shop in the Oval Office. Everyone knows that it's ultimately better to buy a car than to lease one, so why would armored motor coaches be any different? Sit back and think about it, and it actually makese sense.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  70. amber

    So....George Bush spent over $20 Million in operating costs by using Air Force One to make round trips to the Crawford Ranch on vacation. Bush, who took more vacation time than any other sitting US President. This doesn't even count all of his vacation expenditures or other usage of secured transportation.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  71. thomas

    . Secret service put these buses on the road. Nobody was crying when they where spending thousands of dollars to rent buses to carry around candidates before. Wake up America take the blinders off republicans has cause all of these problems to make our president look bad jus to get a republican in the white house. Its a shame that americans are fighting against each other when we should be working together to make this our America for every American. So let us work to together Republicans and Democrats for America. Red White & Blue not jus Black or white but for everyone.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  72. Average Joe

    You know we're descending into Idiocracy when journalists are asking "How pimped out is his ride", when referring to a President's transportation.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  73. blubuwubub

    Does is have hydraulics and spinners? It should be called the Army One

    August 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  74. angrysmell

    what a bunch of tools commenting. since it costs about $10,000 to fly one person on one tiny jet from boston to ny, yeah i guess this is a bargain. FYI clowns: whether you hate him or not, the president needs to drive around in things that are missile proof and can carry dozens and dozens of people. these things cost money. know what costs more money? a plane.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  75. The Elephant in The Room

    Barack Obama has been President for 2.75 years. He has take about 60 days of vacation from a job that is 24/7/365.

    At this same point [2.75 years] in his presidency, George W. Bush had taken approximately 180 DAYS of vacation time.

    Said another ways Mr. Bush took vacations at TRIPLE the rate that Mr. Obama has.

    I hope journalists have this ammo ready when the TEApublicans running for office start their snipping next week.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • joe

      the big Difference is Bush spent time at Camp david or his Ranch in texas

      Obama if using more money time Security touring places I think President Bush did the right think by staying on his ranch for vacation
      Bushes Security was controles
      Obama's is a life cannon

      August 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
      • Steve

        Not including hunting trips with VP Cheney maybe.......

        August 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
      • Back Hand Slap

        You forgot to mention the part where Pres. Bush and VP Cheney ruined our economy by starting a war in Iraq. Thank you for leaving that part out.

        August 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
      • No selfawareness

        No, the big difference is 180 days vs 60 days. Stop grasping at straws and admit that you just blindly hate the guy.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
      • Ms. White

        he should have never left the ranch at all...you damn fool

        August 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
      • Killer Of Morons

        Camp David, or his ranch, he still has the same security.
        FAIL !

        August 17, 2011 at 11:42 am |
      • jean2009

        How much dd you think those 77 round trips to and from the Crawford Ranch on Air Force One cost?

        August 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  76. Andy

    I'm always impressed by the intellectual conversations here.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  77. BlackDynamite

    Pretty Sweet! Black is beautiful! Black is.........Dynamite!
    BD

    August 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  78. Driver

    That prices is not out of whack by any means. Look up the the price of a loaded Prevost H-345. The last one I drove with leather seats was over 625k. Conversions coaches are a million and up.
    Also, that coach was manufactured in Canada, and outfitted in the US. Its a Prevost, which is based just outside of Quebec City. The other thing is the vehicle has a life span comparable to no car. The drive train has a service life of 1 million miles, much longer after overhaul. The fit and finish of the Prevost is second to none, this was a great purchase.
    These will be carrying many people throughout the next 35 or more years.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • jean2009

      A custom motor coach can run from $200.000 to $3 million each so the price of $2.2 million for two buses is seriously not out of line considering the built in safety features. I'm sure these were built to government specs, and the contract was given to the lowest bid that meet specs. They didn't doll it up with a lot of exterior graphics and paint colors...just standard issue Secret Service black.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  79. Tek

    Wow, so many negative comments! This may surprise you due to my conservative views, but Obama is the President! He should have the security that role deserves.
    What do you people want to see him in? A busted up 79 Gremlin?

    I really find it funny that CNN seems to be harping on Obama for this, I thought CNN was the ultimate Obama Fanboi site.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  80. Jim

    I am filing paperwork to have this president impeached for wasting taxpayer money.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
    • Ms. White

      make sure you include reagon, daddy bush and the C- idiot son bush jr ...damn fool

      August 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      I am filing paperwork to have you locked up as mentaly unstable.

      August 17, 2011 at 11:44 am |
  81. Steve

    It's the president of the United States. I hope he is dressing the part, I hope his motorcade is big and flashy and able to prevent the President from getting killed. Would not matter if it was Obama, Bush (either one), or George Washington. He is the leader of the country like him or not. It is as much a statement about us as it is about him. Last thing we need is another grassy knoll victim.....Dang.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  82. Donkey Party

    Trolls out in full knuckle-dragging, koolaid drinking force today.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • jean2009

      The poisoned tea has pickled their brains...providing they had any to begin with. which is doubtful.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  83. JoeMint

    If the VP charged the Secret Service rent for housing his own protection detail, should we the US tax payer not expect rent on our bus(es), planes, and personnel when used for political purposes aimed at election.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • jean2009

      The only reason Dick Cheney didn't charge the Secret Service rent is his deceased mother wasn't the owner of the house next door.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  84. Tony

    Ahhhhh....I was able to touch the hem of his garment.....

    August 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  85. Steve

    Given the use of such buses adn costs during the last few decades, this million dollar bus is a money saver.

    Note it said 10's of thousand of dollars per month had formally been spent on equipping leased buses to refit both both use and after use for other Preiosdetns (BUsh etc.) in a 18 months, that could add up to half a million. so it's not a unreasonable expense.

    Consider the cost of military aid to foreign govenments are 2,000 times moreeach year than one fo these buses.

    What do you think think the cost of a Presidential limousine is?

    August 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  86. Matt

    The busses are practical, but the timing is terrible. In the middle of a massive buget debate, the president is going to drop a couple million to drive around promoting himself. It speaks of excess.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      So, Air Force 1 is a better option ?

      August 17, 2011 at 11:45 am |
  87. Gus Tavus

    Just a reminder that this president is politically tone-deaf.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  88. NC Mom

    The buses are needed because the president, the new republican candidate and other high profile individuals are dealing with our society which is so loaded with hate that this level of protection is needed. if it offers secutity and prevents a tragedy it is money well spent.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  89. Anne

    It's laughable to call a sleek, unmarked black bus "flashy" after we've all see Sarah Palin's tacky airbrushed monstrosity.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  90. Wzrd1

    The more that I think about it, I'm REAL tired of seeing black US Government vehicles.
    The Secret Service should have chosen a color more reflective of a nation of freedom and representative democracy.
    Not Communist Black.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • no

      OMG, you're such an idiot! I'm REAL tired of seeing stupid posts.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • Steve

      Communist red you mean.

      Black is death, sinister.

      Brown is nature, beautiful.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • kake79

      First: That's just stupid.

      Second: The "Communist color" would be red.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • Ms. White

      move to Russia since you are already RED FACED...damn red A$$ fool

      August 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      Rainbow bus would be great !

      August 17, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  91. Jake Ryan

    "I created over 100 jobs in Tennessee by procuring a ridiculously expensive bus so that I could tell the world how little I've done and how I waste American taxpayer's money. When I say shovel ready, I mean that you need a shovel to clear the bullshit I've been saying since I took office!" Said me in a Barrack Obama voice.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • Ms. White

      you do not have "Swag" to emulate Barrack Obama

      August 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  92. Jake Ryan

    "I created over 100 jobs in Tennessee by procuring a ridiculously expensive bus so that I could tell the world how little I've done and how I waste American taxpayer's money. When I say shovel ready, I mean that you need a shovel to clear the bull$#!^ I've been saying since I took office!" Said me in a Barrack Obama voice.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  93. Jax

    So that's where he keeps that shovel that keeps digging us further into debt.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  94. Jahwaune CEO, AVEREVIEW.COM

    I find it amazing all of the so called smart or educated people that post on sites just to bash the President (No matter, what color he is (for all the racist that post) he is the president) I took the time to look at several comments before deciding to post. The secret service as stated added the buses to their fleet, something I thought they already had so I’m glad they got it. I’m sure in in the long run the busses are costing much less to drive around the country instead of flying Air Force One all around and causing many flight delays since no flight are allowed in or out while it’s landing or departing. That’s cost the airline industry money to delay the flights. Did you think of that? Once the bus passes through a street I’m sure that road opens back up right away, the secret service says this is for the use of the Republican presidential nominee as well as others that they are paid to protect.
    Great job I love the look Secret Service staff. Mr. President and the Republican presidential nominee and all others given the opportunity to board the fleet enjoy the new ride and thank you all for all that you do.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      Republicans dont have the attention span to read all of that.
      Thats why they have talking points.
      They can also write on thier hands.

      August 17, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  95. John

    Can you imagine the hate that will be thrown at the first black woman president. The racial under tones have been prevelant throughout Obama's Presidency.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  96. TexaStrong

    I can not be the only person to read the whole article. It clearly states that we had been paying tens of thousands of dollars every month to retrofit leased buses. In the long term this will save money and I'm surprised they did not think of it before. As to the President campaigning on the American dime, what President hasn't? Be they right wing or left, they have always campaigned for their second term while still in office. Including the last president and all former governors wishing to be president.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  97. Steve

    The truth is.

    The bad economy existed before Obama was elected. It seems that an impasse exists between those that could fdo something fix the problems. Complaints do not fix problems, they simply recognize them.

    THe US needs Jobs, and the jobs should be permanent and productive.
    The US government does not create jobs that costs nothing to the taxpayer, they are expensive. Jobs need to be created by private industry , inside the US.
    The US should not subsidize foreign factoris, foreign workers to the detrimetn of its own citizens.

    American policy shoudl be for AMerica, not foreign interests.

    America has been hijacked by foreign interests, control its media, control our politics, our congress, our president.

    People are near-sighted, more concerned with food on their tabel, their mortgage payment, their car payment, their fuel bills, than they are in goernemetn oversight.

    That's the plight of America today. Giving control of America to Special Interests that control Media and Government.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  98. Joe

    OK, OK then! . Let's just stick to the status quo and continue spreading hate and dividing America. However, I just hope that when president Obama leaves office, the Tea Party sticks around and their base continue spreading their anti-American bigotry and hate across America. As I look around America today, what I see is every race hating each other and every religion dispising each other. And I guarantee you that if we were to keep this up soon America would be heading into another civil war.

    So is there such a thing as a Democratic America and a Republican America? A left America and a right America? A conservative America and a less conservative America? Everyday you people write you liberals this and you conservatives that but please define to me what a true American is? Please define to me what a real American is?

    And what make you better than the person next door? And please define to me what a liberal view really is? What is a liberal view? And what makes your views and the views of those to the right better? The Founding Fathers all had their own unique views about how to make our nation a "Perfect Union" but today we are very far from perfect. So what really makes you perfect? Please explain!.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Rob

      I firmly believe that the balance in America hasn't changed nearly as much as it might appear, but it may not matter. Most of us are still moderate and very centrist in our beliefs. Most of us recognize, for example, that taxes must increase and we must modify entitlement programs. Both... not one or the other. Most of us recognize that religious freedom is not achieved through a religious government. Just the opposite. Most of us recognize that a person should be judged on their actions and their character, not their race or religion. Read the overt racism in these very comments... this wouldn't have happened in a healthy society because the few people who felt that way wouldn't be emboldened to speak those evil thoughts publicly.

      What has changed is that our newly found ability to organize like-minded people through the Internet has given disproportionate power to extremists. A small group of scattered extremists who would never have found each other before can now become a virtual community, reinforcing their destructive behavior and allowing them to recruit others who may be anxious about our future, but who do not really understand why. At this particular time, the extremists driving this phenomenon are extreme right, but it could just as easily be from the other side.

      While most of us are busy earning a living, taking care of our families, etc., the extremists spend all day pounding away at their keyboards and organizing rallies, trying gain the media's attention, creating the illusion that they are more numerous than they are. They may have to come from all over the country to get a respectable looking crowd, but the media act as if it is spontaneous and, therefore, reflective of something real. In this new world, those with the time and passion to spend influencing public opinion have an unprecedented opportunity to do so. Of course, those are not likely to be normal people with families and jobs - such people having no time for this - so their representation overwhelms and perverts the will of the centrist middle-class majority. More dangerous still, is that the illusory divide makes regular people think they must choose sides, and so the divisions started by a few, grow on themselves and gain a life of their own. It's like setting a single match to a dry forest.

      The media, and politicians, are out of touch with the average American, and that is a very dangerous place for our society to be. No society lasts forever, and we are all on thin ice and dancing.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  99. So sad

    It is sad and scary how so many people will jump at any and all opportunities to bash Mr. Obama, the President of this great United States of America, who was elected by THE PEOPLE of America. The article is self explanatory and what do some people do? With the quickness, make this an race issue. How can people have so much hate in their hearts for this black man? What a miserable existence you must have. Guess what, every where you go, every where you look there will always be BLACKS, Hispanics, Indians, Asians, etc. I know if I ever past any of you haters on the streets I will be able to pick you out of the crowd. You will be the one sitting and/or standing there with a frown on your face wishing people like me would disappear.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Sarah

      very true! however I believe what we will find is "someone" will always be "bashing" one President or another if life is not perfect and we are far from that point, no one is perfect!

      August 16, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
  100. Debbie

    I'm sure that those who are opposed to Obama will rag on his bus. But the bus may serve another President from their party. I'm glad we have something secure for our President regardless of his party.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  101. ted

    It is simply amazing how racist, biased and bigoted people are. You that hate Obama obviously had no problem with Dubya spending 1/3 of his failed presidency at his ranch driving his pickup truck around and cutting brush and of course being busy with his coloring book. But because the President of the USA is black, you dump on him. Shame on every single one of you racist people. You need to pull your craniums out of your rearends and realize that minorities are growing in number every day. Get a grip you racist lunatics.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  102. Bob, Vegas

    This is merely a question of; is it cheaper to rent or to own? When rail was a safer mode and went everywhere it was a good idea, rail goes almost nowhere today. The article said it is available to other party candidates, so its not just a White House ride.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  103. BS

    The president doesn't get to choose the vehicles he travels in. The Secret Service does. Enough with the stupid Obama comments. They bought two buses, one of which will be used by the Republican nominee.

    The vacation comments are stupid as well. Bush took "vacation" to work from his "home office" in Texas because he was more comfortable there. And I'm sure Obama works during his vacations as well.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • BS

      If a cross-section of America looks like the typical people that post here, it's no wonder Congress can't act. Congress typically mirrors the attitudes of the people they represent and it seems like all anyone can do these days is make pissy comments about the "other side".

      August 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  104. joe

    Most bad government has grown out of too much government.

    The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

    Thomas Jefferson

    August 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  105. Ronald Harris

    Safe as it looks lets pray that no fools try anything dangerous toward the safety of all the dignataries who will be riding in the bus...

    August 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  106. joe

    The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
    he beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.

    Thomas Jefferson

    August 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  107. K in CA

    So has "fair and balanced" FoxNews and neocon rant radio settle on their anti-Obama propaganda message in relation to this bus? We all know it's coming if it hasn't already. FoxNews and neocon rant radio are so overwhelmingly predictable. A constant flow of propaganda for consumption by their mindless followers.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Priceless K. Comments like that coming from CA! If libs had thier way, he wouldn't be allowed in your state with all of those big black vehicles contributing to global warming...oh sorry it's now climate change as "global warming is so 1990's." Why don't you clean up the disaster called California before worrying about how to fix the US? CA is SUCH a great roll model. Mindless YOU are, indeed.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  108. LouAz

    RHIP ! (Rank Has It's Priveliges) Stop the SNIVELING !

    August 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  109. Kipling

    Matches his ego.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  110. ketrout

    Myself personally, I think that the American taxpayer is paying way to much to protect this president, for that matter, for any presidents security.

    Obama is NOT GOD and he is NOT a KING (even through he may think he is) and he should not be treated as such!!!!

    Boy will I be happy when 2012 arrives and we can get rid of this president! He is putting the US in such a DEEP HOLE that we may never get out!

    August 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • TexaStrong

      A deep hole that stared with over spending by a Republican president for nearly a decade? A hole that was made so big by them that it is difficult for anyone to get out of? A hole that stated with tax cuts to the wealthiest of people and a pointless war? I totally see how the current president is responsible for the last guys mistakes. Just how you must be responsible for all of the mistakes of those who came before you. Makes perfect sense.

      August 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • Another Patrick

      So, you'd like to have our presidents assassinated on a regular basis? Do you seriously not understand the importance of protecting our president and other key leaders? Have you ever taken an American history course?

      August 16, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
      • C-Lo

        I don't know if he has, but I have, and I happen to know that the President is an OFFICE that is held by a person and that the office transcends the person holding it. God forbid we should have another attempt (let's see, the last one was on a Republican) but if it should happen, there are contingencies in place. The country didn't die with Kendey, Lincoln or any others.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
      • Another Patrick

        The office of the president is nothing without a person holding it. He (or perhaps she someday) represents the will of the people as the elected head of the Executive branch and all its duties. The country of course is bigger than any one person, but the will and the power inherent in the particular person cannot be allowed to be negated by assassination, which has been (conspiracy theorists aside) the will of a single individual placed over the will of the people. Who knows how Reconstruction would have gone had Lincoln not been assassinated? How might the Viet Nam war have been conducted had Kennedy lived through the end of his term, and maybe been re-elected?

        August 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Valid points, particularly about the will of one (hypotheticaly) assasin undermining the collective will of the people. That being said, however, the will of the people should be exercised primarily through Congress, not the President. This provides too much power to one person who, even IF (s)he were unilaterally elected, which is what the Fathers sought to avoid. IMHO these arguments are at the heart of the great divide we are seeing right now. How much power should be given to the federal gov't in any and all respects. Ever since Congress hijacked the commerce clause in the 30's (I think) more and more power has been funneling up to DC. Therefore, the powers of the office, as carried out by a person, have been becoming more and more "king like" which is what ketrout was alluding to, I think. Unlike a Monarchy, should something happen to a sitting president, you don't have to worry about his 12 year old son being left in charge (insert your Bush jokes here).

        August 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
      • Another Patrick

        Absolutely, the will of the people should primarily be exercised through Congress. What I meant but didn't communicate well is that the will of the people, having been executed via the popular vote for president, cannot be allowed to be derailed by assassination. Although the president does presumably exercise this will when he signs or vetoes bills, there is no doubt that the power of the Executive (through "signing statements, for instance) and the federal government as a whole (through the Commerce Clause as you stated and deliberate violation of the 10th Amendment) have been expanded beyond what was intended. Your comment about the transfer of power highlights one of the greatest advancements in government that our republic exemplifies.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • kake79

      I think we, as a country, need to take a civics course. It seems that most people have forgotten what they learned in school. First, let's learn to treat the President with respect by referring to him properly as President Obama. It doesn't matter how vehemently you disagree with his policies, he is the President of the United States of America and should be treated with respect (we ALL deserve to be treated with respect, for that matter). Second, the President is arguably the most powerful leader in the world. Do you not think that is worth protecting? Do you know what could happen if he were to be assassinated? If you think our economy is hurting now...

      August 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • jacq

      You're about as dumb as a pissed on rock

      August 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Unfortunate comment coming from a black small business owner.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • Ms. White

      so the next president, after Obama 2nd term, should not to be protected by the SS according to your rational thinking? even if the next president, after Obama 2nd term, is someone you voted for....damn fool...your just showing your lack of color

      August 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  111. JTau

    IT'S BIPARTISAN!!!

    The SECRET SERVICE bought the bus to protect whoever the sitting president is. Haters might as well blame Air Force One, the Marine One, or the limos that are used. If it's a republican in office, the Secret Service will let them use this bus too. So stop blaming Obama or Reagan, this is a vehicle to protect the PRESIDENT.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  112. sao

    experimentation is not over yet? another 4 years wasted!!

    August 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  113. vince

    By all means, keep spending money.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  114. joe

    Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now.

    “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”

    Thomas Jefferson

    August 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  115. wilard bullock

    I called mocked out of presdient obama and vice presdient biden. Why obama and biden are keep trouble blamed on tea party about. On terroist so I ask obama and bidien why why black and afracian. Amercian. Are keep ganster with terroist. Obama better know his word mouth

    August 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • Ms. White

      did not understand what you wrote...but schools are opening soon....repeating the fifth grade?

      August 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      What the fuc................

      August 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  116. V. P.

    The bus is beautiful and bold just like my President. You go President Obama!!!!!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • Mr, Clean

      We sho is rich now!

      August 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  117. palintwit

    Just think, at this very minute teabaggers all over the country are wandering around their trailer parks, like lost little zombies, waiting for Sarah Palin to weigh in on this.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • joe

      Sarah Palin is alot smarter that asshole Obama

      August 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
      • trigtwit...America's favorite tard baby

        joe...my mother is a bigger tard than me !

        August 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
      • palintwit

        joe...get back in your double-wide. You'll miss nascar.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
      • Ms. White

        you would think so since you and sarah went to the same 5 different schools, were in the same history and geography classes and read the same newspapers...very NOT smart...YOU DAMN "DID NOT PAST THE 1OTH GRADE" STUPID FOOL...SCHOOLS ARE OPENING SOON...REPEATING THE 10TH GRADE?

        August 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
      • Killer Of Morons

        Is it too late to abort Joe ?

        August 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  118. womenfly

    Whatever way you want to write it, say it or read it, he's still campaigning on our dime. If he wanted to see what the American people wanted for himself in these states and how the economy has affected these people then he could have flown AF1 to each state, it would have been cheaper and the same would have been accomplished to do his job. There goes $2.2 million and rising for his campaigning and nothing more.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      OMG.

      Do you have any idea how much fuel a jumbo jet burns ?
      Very stupid statement.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  119. keeth in cali

    It was OK to spend ungodly sums of money on the dimwit from Texas so that he could fly and ride around as he pleased, but now that we're spending it on the black guy, it's suddenly too much. What happened to the Bush/GOP retort "it's a post-9/11 world" as the answer to all criticisms of security? Oh, right, it's no longer a GOP presidency. There's your difference.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  120. Rob

    The irony of these comments is that they convince me, beyond a shadow of a doubt, exactly WHY such measures are necessary. You simply cannot read this and come to the conclusion that we are a well-educated, civil society that doesn't need such protections.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  121. Thelookingglass

    Nitpickers looking for small and unimportant things and unnecessary, may I add, to criticize our president. Because you all are too much of cowards to just to come right out and say . . . my name is So And So and I am a racist no clue bigot with my teabag and thumb up my a-hole, trying not to cough because there will be elephant dung all over the place.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  122. J. Mike

    How can the President "fix" the problems of this country if he has no first hand experience on how the problems are effecting the citizens. He is meeting with farmers and workers, not having $2000 a plate dinners. If you are as concerned about the problems of this country why don't you contact your Congress person since they have proven to be the real problem.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  123. Joe

    Tyranny in government is George W. Bush and the GOP lying to the American people about bogus and nonexisting WMD's in Iraq and murdering our troops and countless others in the process, aka the war crime of the 21st century. That's Tyranny for you. And while you look at taxing the rich as taking vital resources and giving to the poor, let me remind you to the right that African-Americans sacrificed a whole lot more and gave a whole lot more blood, sweat and tears in building your American South than your wealthy 3% can ever give to America. That is four hundred years of slavery in America working twenty plus hours in the field building the American South and decades of oppression under your Jim Crow Law. And yes, "all men are created equal and they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Thomas Jefferson, 1776.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • joe

      Did you copy this horseshit out of the Lazy liberal Demorat Playbook?
      You Liberals are puking the same old shit

      August 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
      • palintwit

        joe... it's nice that your trailer park manager let's you play with his computer all day.

        August 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
      • Ms. White

        HE SHOULD BE CLEANING THE TOILETS...and thats he problem...lack of education and a trade skill...oh I forget..Joe does clean toilets

        August 16, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
      • Killer Of Morons

        Give Joe a break,
        he's only got three teeth in his mouth
        and he keeps missing the toilet.

        August 17, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
  124. jdhartlv

    If this had anything to do with jobs he would be going to the hardest hit city's. Why is he kissing butt to area's with low unemployment rates, should be the real question. You want to get re-elected why don't you do your job? He lives in his own little hypothetical world like the rest of the idiots.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  125. Bob Rogers

    Why are people saying Obama is spending too much money on this bus when the article clearly states the secret service decided to go with adding a bus to the fleet because the cost of leasing abus and securing it costs way more overall than just buying a bus. And if half of you OBAMA HATERS actually read the article instead of skim through it to the comments section to add your negative remarks ad nauseum, you would have seen the statement that the next presidential candidate, whether its OBAMA or BACHMAN or whoever will be using the same bus as well. Obama's not going to seriously run for president again, he going to hand the baton off to the next puppet and relax in the background like Bush did. Hope you people pick apart the GOP candidates like this, of course most of you will say a GOP president deserves a bus like this to protect them and save money. You people make me sick. So wishy-washy.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  126. sf

    I say F*&k all these Obama haters on this blog! this is all republicans do, they cry foul on the dems and liberals and of course President Obama. But have NO problem sitting there and doing it themselves, making false and inaccurate statements, lies lies lies, no no no...that's all the republicans know! Those idiot tea partiers yesterday that said that "90% of domestic terrorists are liberals" was outrageous! but u know what? this is what they believe, they're NUTS! bottom line!

    GOD help us in November 2012, cuz these crazies are going to be out there intimidating people and being what they truly are! DOMESTIC TERRORISTS!!! YA I SAID IT! and if Biden said it or not, he's RIGHT! Tea party/republicans = DOMESTIC TERRORISTS! period.!

    Obama 2012!!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  127. dirtystone

    This thing looks like a morgue bus....I vote for calling it the "death bus".

    August 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  128. What'sThePoint?

    There really is no point in debating whether or not the bus is a justified expense, as 1.1 million dollars means NOTHING towards balancing a fiat budget. People blame Obama for a mess that started with Reagan, was strengthened by Bush Sr. and Clinton, and kicked into hyperdrive by "W". Obama and McCain were the only two that had the balls to take on this clusterf*ck of an economy after it was summarily sodomized by the Bush administration, their heavy-handed deregulation, and turning a blind eye to corporate impropriety. Why did he win the election (by a landslide mind you)? Because you or someone you know voted for him. Why'd you vote for him? Because he made you believe in hope. Is it his fault that NOTHING has been accomplished, due wholly to a juvenile, petty, and damn-near terrorist Congress? No. So, get off his back, pull your heads out of the Tea Party's propagandist ass, and vote for a NEW CONGRESS if you want to see stuff get done. Honestly, so many loudmouths saying a whole lot of nothing on these boards. Things will get worse, regardless of whether or not Obama remains President, because the American people would much rather trust someone else to think for them, and post anonymous garbage online, rather than take to the streets and fight for their rights. Let it all burn.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  129. mike

    Record number of us citizens on food stamps and this President thinks it’s a good idea to cruise the country in a multi-million dollar gas guzzling tour bus paid for by our tax money. As if that isn’t enough to rub it in our face, his message is how the GOP isn’t willing to raise taxes and give more of our hard earned money to this government. For Obama to support his limousines and rockstar life style. Really, like we want to give any of you thieves that are living in Washington any more of our money. Until these politicians start living under the same laws that they are creating this country is heading for disaster.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      George H.W. Bush signed NAFTA
      and it went into affect under Clinton.
      My job at Kodak went to Mexico, and i am now on food stamps.
      And you blame Obama ????

      Republicans just dont like facts.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  130. jacq

    This is how I see it no matter what this black man does the Republicans will have something to say,even if he wash he's hands after using the restroom. Basically he's black,successful,and intelligent. He's a threat,but I got news for you there's a lot more like him. We are nit all out here gang banging,selling drugs,or rapping. That's coming from a black small business owner.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • C-Lo

      It's not what "this black man" does, it's what this "inexperienced, quit before I finish my term to run for President, sociallist liberal community organizer" does that I dislike. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Colin Powell/ David Petraeus 2011! Get politicians out and leaders in!

      August 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
      • jacq

        I bet you think all black people are welfare to. Well last time I checked my net worth is about 4.6 million and don't mind paying higher taxes. But you never served your country either. So you're more of a non-contributor to.USMC 8 years,what have you done for the country lately this tax payer would like to know.

        August 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Jacq:
      1st of all, you underestimate me, for which i am sorry. No, I absolutely do not believe "all black people" are on welfare, nor do i believe all latinos are illegal, all native americans are drunks or all whites are racists. As far as "serving our country," you are, unfortunately correct. I was unable to due to a shoulder injury sustained as a child that didn't heal correctly. I looked in to the air force, navy and marines. Both grandfathers, most uncles and my son-in-law all served and to them, you and all others i am eternally greatful for the protections you provided this country. My involvement has been relegated to community, where I can do the best with my skills.
      I congratulate you on your success as a business owner and wish you continued success. Personlly I have no issue with higher taxes, even on my family's average income. What I don't like is higher taxes to fund the continued fleecing of the population.
      What I don't want is the freedom to disagree with a liberal president that you and others have fought to protect to be belittled though the "racist" label. I would have the same arguments if Clinton, Kerry, or Dean had tried to implement the programs this man has. As a Marine, how can you disagree that it's time to get all of these politician out of the white house–Our country was the greatest when true leaders were there and left the politicing to the Congress.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
      • Killer Of Morons

        You dont like Obamas programs ?
        Except for Health care, all of his "programs" are the same as Bush's Programs.
        So Obama bad
        Bush good ?

        You just lost that battle.

        August 17, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  131. Ted Ward

    Yikes! That's one mean looking bus!!! Is that Darth Vader's ride, too? ..." Luke use the BUS, Luke, the Bus.."

    August 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  132. joe

    Obama is the shepherd I did not want.
    He leadeth me beside the still factories.
    He restoreth my faith in the Republican party.
    He guideth me in the path of unemployment for his

    party's sake.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the bread

    line, I shall fear no hunger, for his bailouts are with

    me. He has anointed my income with taxes,

    My expenses runneth over.
    Surely, poverty and hard living will follow me all

    the days of my life, And I will live in a mortgaged

    home forever.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Kevin

      Every time i read one of your responses to an article about Obama its never on topic and just show how truly blindly bias and ignorant you appear to be. Its just sad to see this same rhetoric on every article from you. smh

      August 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      Obama is the shepherd I did not want.
      He leadeth me beside the still factories.
      He restoreth my faith in the Republican party.
      He guideth me in the path of unemployment for his

      party's sake.
      Yea, though I walk through the valley of the bread

      line, I shall fear no hunger, for his bailouts are with

      me. He has anointed my income with taxes,

      My expenses runneth over.
      Surely, poverty and hard living will follow me all

      the days of my life, And I will live in a mortgaged

      home forever.

      Works both ways, dont it.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
      • Killer Of Morons

        *** Change the first word to Bush.
        CNN's reply leaves much to be desired.

        August 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  133. Steven

    1.1 million is a pittance to keep our commander in chief and opposing political candidate safe.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  134. confused

    No other form of transportation in the Secret Service inventory would work? I am glad its not my money. Oh it is!!

    August 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  135. Keith

    How much did I pay for that BUS, and did I authorize it? Hell NO!

    August 16, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  136. Kevin

    The responses to this article truly show that people don't read things completely. The article clearly states and I quote, " The bus is one of two the Secret Service bought recently (one in April, one in June) to move "protectees" – President Obama, Vice President Biden, the First Lady and, soon, the Republican presidential nominee, as well as others." Meaning Obama didn't buy this and he isnt the only benefactor of the bus. SMH

    August 16, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  137. Tom

    George Bush used to take Air Force one to his campaigns – anyone who crys about Obama using tax dollars for a bus should also cry about Bush using a plane. Otherwise, they're as irrelevant as Newt.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  138. trust rick

    your a fool. Talk out both ends. You did it when W was in office but it is not ok to do it to obama. My frien what goes around comes around now deal with it

    August 16, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  139. Joe

    Blah, Blah, Blah

    August 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • jm999

      Blah blabity blah? Blah blu blah!

      August 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  140. Terry

    The people who keep on complaining about the bus and suggesting the train are clueless. Taking the train is not an option due to breach in security. There would be miles and miles of tracks for terrorists to burry explosives in which would be impossible to detect.

    The bus is a logical alternative to Air force 1.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  141. jjheinis

    Obama has become the tar-baby. The Republicans do everything to make it impossible for him to govern and then blame him for the consequences. His attempts to reach a compromise with Republicans and reach a common ground are impossible because the TeaParty has taken control of the Republican Party. As a result, America is left with a hollow economy that depends only on war for survival. Business has come to the conclusion that Americans are tapped out and are poorly educated so there is no need to hire them and prefers Indians and Pakis who work harder, are better educated and willing to work for less. It is a national security state while the herd of Walmart shoppers bleat in unison following the chorus of Rush, Rush, Rush and Fox, Fox, Fox. As for national health care... impossible. costs too much. Interferes with military spending. America has chosen ignorance over change. It has become Mexico, India and Pakistan. Where else, but in America can a "C" student (RIck Perry and George Bush) rise to become the nominee of his party or president. Mediocrity has triumphed!

    August 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • C-Lo

      RACIST!!!!! RACIST!!!! LOOK AT THE RACIST!!!! callig Obama a Tar-baby. HOW DARE YOU!

      August 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
      • Killer Of Morons

        You need to look up what "tar-baby" means moron.

        August 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
      • C-Lo

        @Killer
        Thanks Killer...in response to a couple of your replies
        1. I have stated elsewhere that I disagreed with a lot of Bush's domestic policies. Med-D, No child left behind, home ownership for all initiatives, etc. Compassionate Conservatism was just liberalism wrapped in religiocity. Good, well intentioned ideas, but misguided in having fed gov't run them. Sorry I don't repeat myself every post for you.
        2. I know what tar-baby means, that comment was VERY tounge in cheek referring to the Colo congressman's exact same use and being skewered by the left. Look it up (Doug Lambourne if you need a head start).

        August 17, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  142. jm999

    Paul Ryan 2012!

    August 16, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  143. Ted Ward

    Well, at least the bus has got to get better mileage than either "the beast" or air force one. Hopefully, it manages embassy exit curbs better than "the beast", too.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  144. Mike

    Long term it sounds more sensible instead of having to rent a new bus all the time, also makes sense since Obama has a ton of haters and I'm sure more than a few of them wouldnt mind trying to ambush him while he is on the road. Also will be good to have this thing for future presidents as well. Does anyone here ever look long term?

    August 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  145. Pat

    A waste of tax payers $$$$$$$$$$$ A used school bus would bring more respect

    August 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  146. Ken

    Most here who are upset are just subconsciously upset that the bus is black in color rather than white.

    Tea-b4ggers being racists as usual.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  147. Ruby

    $1.1 million my foot. Maybe that's the base price. How much did we taxpayers REALLY pay for it to be outfitted for our campaigning prez? Add in all the security and techno, etc, and what does it cost then?

    August 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  148. Ms. White

    @TWM...Bush stayed in the USA beacuse the WORLD DID NOT LIKE HIM....THE SHOE THROWING ...YOU DAMN FOOL

    August 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  149. Phreddy

    Bus or no bus – why do we have a two year + Presidental run? This is crazy. Have the primaries all on one day in May, nominate in July and elect in November. Forbid anyone – including the incumbent – from declaring intention of running before January 1 of the election year. Put us out of our political misery!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  150. Joe

    Is CNN allowing you to use my name and distort my message to offend president Obama. I've never seen this many Joe's on the same article. This is too fishy to me. I'm calling for an investigation. And by the way, Sarah Palin is the asshole of all the assoles and the GOP and Tea bag constituents are the crown of the asshole.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  151. Tito Maich

    If you have a negative view on the president, page up and review the story. It is for the Presidential entity, not Obama personally. 90% of you can neither read nor comprehend English.

    If I could vote, Obama 2012!!!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  152. caio racco

    Can't wait for the coming edition of the mighty Goodhue County's Cannon Falls Beacon online this week...

    August 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  153. Furunculus

    I can't help but laugh.. recalling obama criticizing a man at a town hall meeting for driving his family of 7 around in a used SUV instead of getting a new model hybrid minivan..

    August 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  154. Dreamer96

    They should have covered it with that material that puts a picture of the other side, so the right side looks like what a camera sees out the left side, and vice versa, so the bus, like a tank looks invisible, that huge bus really stands out...but at least it has a bathroom, and High Def Big Screen.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  155. Tony Schmuhl

    2.2 million dollars and there are so many people unemployed! Get back to work in the white house not traveling down the road wasting tax payers money.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • RealAmerican

      Hmm... Let's see. Since buses/RVs like this occur naturally, the construction of these two vehicles did not employee any laborers, welders, support personnel (HR, management, etc). The steel, aluminum, etc that went into these buses did not support a single steel mill worker. The coal and iron that went into the steel miraculously formed itself into steel, it wasn't mined by American miners. The gasoline or diesel fuel that this vehicle will run on came bubbling from the ground without need for transportation, refining or dispensing. The men and women who travel along with the President or whatever protectee is resident at the time don't need to stop and eat, drink or take a pee, so there is no need for restaurants, waiters or fuel stops along the way.
      You sure are right Tony, this vehicle didn't support a single job along the way.

      August 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  156. Woody20

    I'm on a bus! I'm on a bus! Take a good hard look at the mf'ing bus!

    August 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  157. tranqwill

    I am so tired of Washington thinking that we, "the small folks" are so dumb, that we don't need to know the truth. It is an insult and far past time that it stops. Calling this blatant re-election tour at the taxpayers expense should be illegal.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  158. bachmanntwit

    Michele Bachmann believes that the earth is only 6,000 years old and that early man rode dinosaurs to church every Sunday.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  159. rosethornne

    Wow, it sounds like the anti-American Bagger-tards want to reduce the dignity of the Office of President, the leader of the free world, to the same raggedy rustbucket trailer park reject pignorant inbred homeschooled preacher-sucking level as themselves.
    Gross.

    The President is the President, no matter how much the nasty pointy-hooded cracker morons hate that fact. The President of the United States, no matter who he or she is, is entitled and obligated to uphold the dignity of the Office. The President is not just some politician, he or she is the Head of State, equivalent to the Queen of England or any oil-drenched billionaire Sheik; just think about how those people travel. I for one do NOT relish being embarrassed by some bumbling fool with no concept of dignity or proper behavior, I'm glad we have an intelligent, elegant President for a change.

    And by the way, it does no good to try pointing out facts such as the buses were ordered by the Secret Service and are to be used for whichever protectees need them. Bagger-cracker morons can't read and wouldn't recognize a fact if it ran up and snatched the hood right off their face. Reality is not relevant to them.

    And p.s. since I'm sure some pointy hooded idjit will bring it up: I happen to be glow in the dark lily white myself. I just can't stand stupid racist bigots.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • Furunculus

      I find your prejudism entertaining. :-)

      August 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Tito Maich

      Good! Very well said.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • ouchthatstings

      @ rosethorne I find it peculiar that u use terms like racist and bigots.......yet you typed the word *cracker* in your text. IF you are looking for a racist sir, I suggest you go look in the mirror.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • Mr, Clean

      Oh we sho is rich now!

      August 16, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
    • jean2009

      If people don't want to be referred to as "crackers' maybe they shouldn't act like they are.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  160. Obamas Death Bus

    Nothing like a black bus to cheer people up....he has such great news to spread about the economy too...

    August 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • jean2009

      I seriously doubt he picked the color...I think the Secret Service usually buys black suits, black ties, black sunglasses, black vans, so black buses look dignified.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  161. MikeBell

    The fuel economy must really be bad. Along with all those heavy support vehicles.
    Such irony. Lead by example? What? Don't you realize his is our King; with a term limit?

    August 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  162. stamp

    What a waste of money,
    you know how much obama's 50th birthday party cost,

    he's an attention seeker, who's our laziest president ever, what's he done other then help abortion clinics?

    August 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • palintwit

      He couldn't have been that much help to those clinics. You're still here.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
      • jean2009

        LOL! Love it!

        August 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      Michelle baked him a cake,
      next complaint please,

      August 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  163. ZysPsyk

    I bet its filled with gold appliances and hardware trimmed in purple.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • jean2009

      I bet it is standard issue Secret Service black and white throughout.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  164. Obamas Mortuary Bus

    So nice to see the anointed one out spreading the good word about the economy in his bright and cheery looking bus....looks like a police mortuary bus where they take the dead victims of crimes.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  165. ouchthatstings

    Our president has a HORRIBLE track record since his 1st day in office....unable to make decisions, socalist healthcare which *lol* got denouced as unconstitutional by judges *you know those guys who study law*. And now this...a big ole honkin black van .....The real shame is the African American community. Only voted for him because he was black.....nothing else, nothing more...just cause he was black. I hope and pray that GOD will allow a new president so that this dark storm cloud can be removed..

    August 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • chak8080

      You must have voted for lil bush time and time again.. idiot. when Obama was elected, there was no better canidate at the time. No matter who's running the oval office, everything is going to be the same... have you not realized that?

      Our laws were made during the slave days... don't you think it's about time they were changed? Our past is THE worst in the world no matter which angle you look at it.

      I like how you tried to put it on the African American community... because if they were to vote for your white president, I'm sure he would have given them hope and took care of them just like our past white presidents lol

      I know this may sting but your god doesn't exist. Only your god... because there's no such thing as a racist god lol

      Now go fix the flats on your trailer and GET A JOB! I hope you end up working for a black man too. lol

      August 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      His first day in office, he sat down to look at the HORRIBLE MESS
      handed to him.
      You dont fix 8 years of destruction in 4.

      Obama/Biden 2012.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
  166. Joe

    I once dated the daughter of a white supremacist. She said she hated my political liberal views but she loved riding my big black bus. You never know what you would discover if you were to put race aside and look beyond the surfice.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • ouchthatstings

      @joe hey joe, why do black men constantly *not just here* talk about there Genitals? I mean, I know that most black men today dont have much going for them ..just curious as to why u think everyone wants to read about it. Does it make you feel better about being black?

      August 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  167. Obamas Mortuary Bus

    I'll bet they have a room in the back of the bus to keep tea partiers in as they encounter them.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • brownstain

      Yeah, The sh!tter.
      How Apropos.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
      • Michael

        No, I paid a special donation to put their little space UNDER the room you mentioned. Had to take out the waste tank to make extra room, but, hey, they claim that they are all real big on sacrifices...

        August 16, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
  168. slava

    Soon to be a Hollywood blockbuster: "THE BUS!"

    August 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  169. steve

    I heard that they are going to call it 'Grayhound One'

    August 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  170. parkerman

    Very cool, but not very discreet is it. Its nice to see the President and future candidates have a way to reach the people on the ground.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  171. Impeach Obama2012

    Campaigning on our tax dollars is another despicable act by the criminal Obama

    August 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • brownstain

      Yeah, something GWB never did.
      Idiot.

      August 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      Ten bucks says that you are a redneck moron.
      Never mind i have already collected.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  172. william dude

    So why did they choose a black RV?

    August 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • ManBearPig

      So he campaigned for fuel economy mandates, going green, and energy efficiency. Anyone see the hypocrisy. He made told people what they wanted to hear. He got elected. Now he's pretty much showing off.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  173. firewalker

    IS IT GREEN OR DOES IT HAVE A BIG CARBON FOOT PRINT

    August 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  174. firewalker

    Should be GREEN built with TAX-PAYERS MONEY.....and GREEN is the color we ALL LOVE

    August 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  175. DAVID (GRAND WIZARD) DUKE

    I love that guy Obama !!!!!!!!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  176. ouchthatstings

    HEY LIBERALS!! LOL REMEMBER HOW U WENT AFTER BUSH FOR NOT ONLY THE YEARS HE WAS IN OFFICE, BUT THE YEARS AFTER HE WAS IN OFFICE.....Lol you all get sooo angry that people are mad at obama and cry racism, and anti american slurs....your the same hypocrites who spoke the same way about bush ...so pull up ur big boy./girl pants and get off the computer please..thanks!

    August 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  177. parkerman

    Look, He is our president and no matter who is our president (unless shamefully going against the laws of the greatest country in the world) should retain the respect of its citizens. I didn't like it when so much disrepect was handed to president Bush and I don't like it for our current president Obama. Lets pull together and hopefully our leadership will also follow suit and walk the line rather than the extremism that has been so prevalent. Vote your heart, but then stand by the wishes of its citizens.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • Writr

      Well, you seem to be one of the few people who get it and just want the country to move forward and be happy. It sickens me when people are so hateful to their leader. Would they rather have Hitler running the country? Or Stalin? Or Chairman Mao?

      August 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  178. DAVID (GRAND WIZARD) DUKE

    I love that guy O B A M A !!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  179. Ms. White

    @ mr clean, never angry....leave that to you since you can not think for yourself....I just get even...Obama 2012....damn fool

    August 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  180. churchlady

    One question I have. Are these new buses hybrid?

    August 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
    • joe

      yea keep on dreamming

      August 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  181. brownstain

    Google "bachman corndog"

    August 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
    • DAVID (GRAND WIZARD) DUKE

      LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!! THAT IS SOOOOOO HOT !!!!!!!!!!!

      August 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  182. terry

    Ok?!, the money spent on this plus the billions that were sent to Africa could have been applied here in the U.S. for our economic crisis!!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  183. Mainah

    Over the intercom ' This is your bus driver- please sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Dont mind the commotion of angry tax payers outside nor be worried about the rotten vegtables they throw at this bus as it is well protected. I'd like to give a special thanks to the Chinese who loaned us the money to buy this bus even though we really cant afford it. Now sit back and watch as we the nation drive off a cliff...'

    August 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  184. FedUp

    Obama stated that he "knows what we have to do" so he is going to put a proposal out there that will furnish jobs, and improve the economy. Guess that means that he has known all along what to do and has done nothing, while the economy sinks. Is there something wrong here? Besides, now we can add another million or so to the deficit for this ugly bus. Great job, Mr. President.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • joe

      timming is everything he will fix something by Sept 12 so all the sheep will think the wolf is great
      Iit's all about him getting reelected

      August 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  185. Joe

    When I was young, I read about slavery and Jim Crow oppression in America, segregation and lynjching of African-Americans as a means of sport by the white society. However, I never thought that here in the 21st century in America I would have the unfortunate opportunity to experience for myself what Jim Crow was like in the 50's and 60's in America. And I have to thank the GOP and their racist Tea Party and their bigoted constituents for filling me in.

    When I read about how racist these people are towards our first African-American president, somehow I have the feeling that all of a sudden Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would re-appear and start his I have A Dream speech. Somehow I feel that tommorrow I'd be reading about Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus boycott that took place today. Somehow I feel that tonight there will be meetings all over the American South to arrange sit-ins and boy-cuts. Yea, somehow I feel as though I'm reliving what Congressman John Lewis and James Clyburn and so many others endured for the freedom of a people. Only in America, only in America.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • joe

      why don't you put the crack pipe down for awhile

      August 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • jean2009

      If you notice little "j" joe is a racist troll.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
      • joe

        Jean go back to your cave you old bat

        August 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ joe Yes, old but no bat...that is why it upsets you. I can point out were you are racist and wrong.

        August 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  186. jonnyp

    Why do all of you conservative, right wing, tea-party nut jobs act like you don't use entitlements? Big government is what delivers medicare / medicaid, women's and children's services etc to the bulk of the republican base. Why do you let yourselves be used by the real right wing – big business?

    August 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  187. USAR SOLDIER

    where's the spinning rims and the 14 inch sub woofers. that's what i would throw on that bus lol.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  188. John

    How come all the President Obama haters that post can't write or spell....?

    Why is that? Another point....

    Why do Americans call the national health care law Obama Care? Obama and the entire republican congress already has healthcare.... It's you people that don't. The healthcare insurance is for you! Amazing, and you don't even want it.....No wonder America is a mess..... Give me healthcare and I don't want it, I'll go without! Never mind that I have no insurance..... amazing!

    August 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • jean2009

      You don't hear these dunces who are complaining say anything about the fact that George W. Bush wrote universal health care for life right into the Iraqi Constitution – read Article 31 of the Iraqi Constitution written by the Bush Administration.... the US taxpayer footed the cost of Universal Health Care for Iraqi's with $950Million US taxpayers dollars.

      But if we provide means for American's to purchase their own insurance we are "socialist" ? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-dorlester/guaranteed-health-care-in_b_280528.html

      At the root of the problem is we have several people who can afford health insurance but being deadbeats they would rather walk into the emergency room and have the government (taxpayers) pick up the tab, and then the cost is passed on to the people who do have insurance. We all pay more for our insurance premium due to the uninsured. I don't mind if the person is really needy, but people who can afford to buy insurance and don't? I just think everyone deserves affordable health insurance without being denied.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  189. bill

    why did they need this? what was he riding in before? seems to me that if you are going to make cuts, start at home.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • jean2009

      Before they were riding in Air Force One and Marine One from place to place which cost much more than these buses. This way those planes can stay parked for a longer period while the motor coach makes a lot longer circuit.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  190. John

    What's the difference between Fox cable and CNN?

    Nothing!

    August 16, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  191. Bill

    Out of touch again. The campaign adviser that approved this stunt should be fired.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  192. CPW

    I dont think this was the best time for this upgrade.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  193. TX Democrat

    anybody remember Clinton, we were above the debt and america was thriving. Then GB just throws all the money away. Even if obama dodn't get into office, the next president after bush would have failed we are so far into debt it will take at least 2 more presidencies to even out

    August 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  194. Ron Nader

    A black bus is beastly now? really? Just because it has bullet proof windows and body armor? Is it any longer than a normal bus? NO... Is it any wider than a normal bus? NO, Is it any taller than a normal bus? NO, what is exactly BEASTLY about it?

    August 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  195. Biggerpicture

    You guys need to think of the bigger picture about cost. Ok some people are upset about the cost of these busses. Now lets go bigger. Do you think that, I don't know, maybe he's being followed around by a Gulfstream aircraft to? Gulfstreams can get into a little airport vs a 747. So theres the cost of at least maybe those 2 aircraft running around empty. Then do you really think theres no fighter jets hovering around at about 15K feet. Whats the cost of that? Just something more for the cost of this trip.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  196. Manny

    This Obama has lost all creditblity

    August 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  197. erzhik

    Why is everyone bashing the president? It was not his choice, nor was it his purchase. It was Secret Service, it's their decision. The president can't do anything about it, their job is to protect him no matter who he is, and this is what they are doing. Even if the president refuses, he will still be boarded on this bus by force. Do people even know politics or at least Secret Service? Or do they just wait for a reason (excuse) to bash the president?

    August 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  198. Steven

    Politics aside, this is our President! I'd want him (or her) to stay safe even if I completely disagreed with their politics. If you hate the President that much then vote them out – don't wish them harm. Strong democratic values make us bad ass.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  199. Squid

    This bus is polluting the atmosphere with greenhouse gases, and must be taken off the road forthwith

    August 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  200. Leshawn

    I believe the article says the secret service ordered the bus and did so to SAVE money. The bus will also be used by the Republican Nominee!!!!!!!!!! So will you call them flashy? And didn't Bush go on a tour of the US when he trying to tout his Social Security policy? It's funny how it's wrong for one side to do it, but it's OK when the side you're rooting for is doing it.

    Let's put politics aside and put the American people first. Quit giving money to our undercover opposition (Pakistan) and bring our soldiers and money home where it's needed. Instead of fighting these wars, let's use the military to fight these gangs in the inner cities. Instead of spending on wars we no longer need to fight, let's spend on education. Instead of giving the rich more tax breaks, let's give the middle and lower class more oppritunities. Let's get America on track before we try to fix the rest of the world!

    2012 is our year!

    August 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  201. Beckuh

    I wonder how much this all cost and who is paying for it...some people say capiagn money and others is tax payers money! I think since we are all digital we should just campaign on tv/internet expecially in the financial crisis we are in now...

    August 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  202. A different Joe

    Fact is the republicans will sacrafice our Country's success just to see Obama fail, it's sad, but true. And I voted for a lot of them not realizing how bad it was really going to be.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  203. palintwit

    Teabaggers everywhere are still mourning the loss of Peggy Rea, the actress who played Boss Hogg's wife.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • juniper

      Were the members of the Boston Tea Party teabaggers too? Are you even an American?

      August 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  204. Deep North

    These vehicle remain with the Secret Service long after President Obama is gone. They are cheaper than moving Air Force One on short hops.At a million dollars each....they are relatively inexpensive for a custom coach.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  205. cKlutch

    How about Congress declaring a 3 week vacation, the day AFTER the debt ceiling was finally raised? Quit pointing the finger at only Obama you blind clowns.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  206. Joe

    That is why Florida governor turned down the high-speed rail project. Like this bus, he felt that president Obama would have gotten credit for building the rail. And that is why the GOP don't want to see job growth and a stable America, that is because they feel president Obama, the black president would get the credit. And that's why the GOP constituents still believe that OBL is alive because some are acting as though it was president Obama and not the Navy Seals that actually carried out the assault. Well, so much for "one nation under God" and so much for "united we stand, divided we fall." Well, only in America.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • jean2009

      That is the same reason why the idiot governor of Ohio turned down money for high-speed rail.

      August 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
      • Gene White

        Loved Ohio,could cross the bridge into green blue grass country,grab a case of ol Wedermans beer who had the eagle long before bud did and the pure air

        August 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
      • joe

        Were not going to kiss the union ass anymore

        August 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Gene White

      not black.....Muslem remember

      August 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • chak8080

      Absolutly right. It's amazing how blind people are, they just like to blame the black president. Those type of people will continue to hide behind their keyboard instead of doing something about it.. cowards lol Divided we WILL fall... that's enevitable.

      August 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  207. Richp

    Well thank you secret service, we had enough of a problem keeping him doing his job in DC, now he has a freaking armored bus so he can continue campaigning LOL....

    August 16, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  208. Airquote Sarctag

    The question everyone wants to ask is, does he ride in the back?

    August 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  209. Joe

    joe,

    I'm smoking crack with your stinking mamma.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • Gene White

      momma been dead 25 years ,wish you the same

      August 16, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • joe

      your crack hoe mother ever figure out who your father is

      August 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  210. Clint

    Nice,, the country is in serious financial problems and the president is riding around campaigning in our million dollar bus. What a Joke!!

    August 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  211. Obama is no different

    Disgusting and shameful. I also love how everyone compares this to George W. But, wasn't Obama supposed to be different??? Change you can believe in? Yeah.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  212. Romney 2012

    There is so much to dislike about this president that complaining about a bus is a distraction.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  213. CheekyIndian

    1.1 mill on a bus?? What did they do? I bet they installed heat resistant foam just in case the bus decides to take off into space.....

    August 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  214. Gene White

    He has put us in the toilet $$$ wise and now he has 2,two over priced buses for 3 days to do WHAT!!!......he is there to finish what BUSH started take us to the end of the UNITED STATES AS A POWER TO BE RESPECTED.WE ARE NO LONGER RESPECTED,NOR ARE WE A POWER TO BE RESPECTED.Hope he enjoys his over priced ride.It will be the last ride on our backs (the middle and lower class) come election day.AS EVERYONE KNOWS THE RICH DON'T PAY TAXES......EXPECT TO HEAR FROM HIS Bulls on this one..........GENE.............

    August 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  215. babalonia

    My tax payer dollars at work. See tax payers funded this bus... .and the economy is bad....

    August 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  216. ELH

    I bet John Madden's bus was fancier and had a nicer kitchen!

    August 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • Gene White

      Yup-yup ELH your are right but Big John was a real man....somethnig we don't have now.............

      August 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  217. Payton Manning 2012

    Arg... Buys a million dollar bus on tax payer money and says its not for his campaig ( that would be a no no). Then is on a 5 day road trip starting in Iowa????? But is not campaigning.. does he think were that stupid? Payton Manning 2012

    August 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  218. Writr

    Honestly, these comments make me sad.

    For one thing, this was a purchase by the Secret Service, not Obama himself. Should a Republican candidate win the presidency in 2012, he or she will be using these buses, too. So the people who seem to think that Obama is wasting tax-payers money on these are wrong here.

    Secondly, the people who are attacking him for campaiging this early (I will not deny that he is basically campaiging for 2012 at this point) seem to have forgotten that the past 5-6 presidents did the same thing. GWB began campaiging as early as 2002, his father and Clinton about as early, too. If you bash Obama for doing it, you have to accept that they did it, too. Otherwise you come off ignorant.

    Lastly, I am saddened by the fact that people refuse to rally around our country's President anymore. True, he is not the best President we have ever had... but in my opinion he has done far better the GWB did (I kinda feel sorry for GWB, to be honest). Obama's done the best he can with a Congress that refuses to help the country and instead pushes for their own agendas (the debt crisis should have been solved months ago, I'm sorry; Congress was just sitting on their ass acting as if nothing was wrong). I didn't like GWB and didn't vote for him, but when he came into office I accepted that and voted to re-elect him because he had done a decent job. Personally, I plan to try and re-elect Obama because right now I see no candidates who can do any better than him right now.

    August 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  219. Mike

    For those who pay attention to facts here is some about vacation time for Obama from the WAPO.

    Veteran CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller, a fastidious keeper of presidential statistics, has kept count. By his tally, Obama has embarked on nine “vacations” since taking office, bringing his total days off to 48. Some of those trips lasted a day and some, like his Christmas holiday in Hawaii, more than a week.

    By comparison, Bush had visited his ranch in Crawford, Tex., 14 times at this point in his administration and spent 115 days there. And yes, Democrats let him have it, too, complaining that he was a chronic vacationer.

    August 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  220. AP

    How much of our tax money is use to build this bus for his campaign tour? will his campaign refund the tax payers?

    August 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  221. B

    I'm glad he's worried about big corps private jets...I hope he enjoys this new ride that I and all other taxpayers paid for. Government spending at its finest!!

    August 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  222. Sank

    ARMORED BUS.. WHAT WAS THE COST? WHAT'S THE DEAL IS OBAMA THAT SCARED. OR DOES HE THINK HE'S THAT VALUABLE THAT THEu U.S. CAN'T EXIST WITHOUT HIM. I SAY GET RID OF THE DAMN BUS AND MAKE HIM RIDE IN AN OPEN AIR CONVERTIBLE JUST LIKE SOME OF OUR MORE BRAVER PRESIDENTS DID. UNFORTUNATE KENNEDY WAS SHOT. BUT NOT BECAUSE HE WAS IN A CONVERTIBLE. THAT WAS AN INSIDE CONSIPRACY. OBAMA IS NOT WORTH THE EFFORT.

    August 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  223. Craig

    I love readying all you right wing loons comments. You just regurgitate all the sound bites you hear on Fox News, etc. You let people think for you and then just repeat, repeat, repeat.

    August 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  224. Craig

    *reading

    August 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  225. Ralph

    Good for him. Maybe he can convert the buses into moving trucks to get their stuff out of Washington in 2012. In the mean time we have to finance the luxury.

    August 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  226. nic

    The title of this article is misleading.

    August 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  227. Ruth in Ohio

    I and every American are paying for that bus , by the way they bought two of them...I think we should all be able to ride on them,keeping spending the money we do not have!

    August 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  228. Timothy

    Just call it the Jaberwocky. Or something big and impervious.

    August 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  229. Julio

    Wow...a lot of Americans are truly ignorant and stupid. That confirms what we hear of them here in Europe. Is it that hard to get a simple news article??? 1) The Secret Service purchased 2 customized buses for the safe transportation of protectees, such as the President, VP, Presidential candidates, and others. 2) The purchase will be cheaper than the rental and refitting of buses for the same purposes. 3) the buses will be used for future presidents and the like. How is Pres. Obama to blame for all this? It was from the budget allocated to the SS and is meant not only for Obama, but also for Republican protectees! If you are intelligent, you'll see that a single bus (or even all 2) would be cheaper to operate than a whole motorcade that might include fifty+ SUVs, or worst still, a helicopter. Please...people, prove the American greatness by showing some smartness!

    August 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • james

      Somewhere, you don't think they still have the motorcade and helicopters, and both airforce one jets on this campain tour. They are all still there and will be utilized along with the new buses. The bleeding needs to stop. This is a campain tour that he should be paying for, not us

      August 16, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  230. Jerry

    The epitome of hypocrisy. This is not a bus. This is probably one of the fanciest and priciest motorhomes in the world. In the meantime many Americans can not food on their tables. Wow! And, this clueless president is able to use to campaign using these vehicles, and guess who pays for it and the the thousands upon thousands of dollars that it cost to operate and drive it. Are Democrats committing crimes by robbing the American taxpayer?

    Now you know one more reason why not only this president needs to GO; but his whole administration. God help America.

    America, please do your research and most of all, remember 2012!

    Briana Keilar, you may get fired for exposing these idiocies, however a big THANK YOU to you!

    August 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  231. Victor O

    This Beast of a Bus should be named " The Monster"

    August 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  232. Nuclear Meltdown

    A bus Darth Vader would be proud of.

    August 16, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  233. Nuclear Meltdown

    wait does that thing comply w/ the presidents new mpg goals?

    August 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  234. palintwit

    joe... you going out with your cousin again this Friday? Or is it your sister'e turn?

    August 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  235. Elelyon

    I believe that there are a lot of mad people here pointing the finger at a president that had nothing to do with what was done 10 – 15 years prior to him taking office. If the truth be told, it probably took longer for the government to keep lieing about our financial status before we folded. Remember ENron which was the beginning of us finding out the real truth.

    August 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  236. Mike

    I'd be all for this if we weren't broke! Can't these people get the picture and stop spending money WE DON"T HAVE? If the DNC want's to pay for this, that's fine but we shouldn't have to foot the bill for this UNLESS there is complete campaign reform.

    August 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      Dont just read the article.
      Try "comprehension"
      Reading can be your friend.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  237. Jerry

    Hey Joe, I think you need to stop smoking and drinking the spiked CoolAid that President NObama has been providing for you with the welfare check. If you think you can intimidate people on these blogs, you will not be successful. You may have a big/intimidating mouth, however, bloggers are going to post what is on their minds; whether for or against President NObama.

    For your health, get over it!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  238. RealAmerican

    What so many of the haters (Republicans) seem to forget is that, unlike Bush, this President was elected by a majority of the citizens of the U.S.

    August 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  239. dc

    So what is the big deal here with these gripers and whiners? I am not an Obama supporter. Never was. Will not be. The point being is these buses were purchased by and for use by the Secret Service regardless who is the President. Where do you idiots come off attacking Obama for something he had nothing to do with - sort of like the national debt that George II left us to handle. If this bus is used in campaigning, then the Democrat National Committee picks up the tab. Otherwise, this is another in a series of purchases made by the U.S. Secret Service. Get your facts straight before you shoot off your mouth about the President making the decision. I would say the same thing about Bush if he was still on his throne.

    I don't have any idea if the Secret Service is right in this action. Makes no difference. They were going to buy the buses - regardless. So Obama detractors need to clamp their mouths shut and Republicans need to remember that their next king might also ride in these unnecessary monstrosities. If the truth ever gets out...you might find it was King Bush II who approved the budget item for these things!! That would frost the GOP muffins, wouldn't it!!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  240. Wiataminute

    I really like underarmor new running shoes. they are awesome.

    August 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  241. Janice Stockbauer

    I don't understand why everybody is trashing the President all the time, he can only do what Congress
    will allow him to do-Congress has stalled everything even the appoitments He has tried to make –
    Looks like Bigotry to me....

    August 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  242. Anita

    Are they going to put his ass on the bus and bus it back to Chicago? save us money on the election and everything else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  243. Thomas

    American
    And how does he get from the train depot to the speaking engagements? At every stop there needs to be a different set of Presidential cars??? Come on dude, think a little.

    Maybe you need to drive to the train station and hear him speak , or you take a bus , or maybe walk !
    This country was built on rail !

    August 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  244. ian

    What about the buses carbon footprint ?
    OK so the SS pays the carbon credit offsets on these major polluters to Al Gores Carbon credit "stock" exchange ( evil capitalist ) corporation with tax dollars. ( no new taxes- remember )
    So- does putting money in Gores pocket make the air cleaner?

    August 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  245. truth

    Some people are so foolish with their comments.. Racism has came to a head since an African American became president. Did they not say the secret service purchase the bus not Obama. Your complaining about a bus when bush left is in a war where billions are being spent and our soilders dying but we are talking about a bus. One person Big D made some very racist coments and this shows racism never left just hid itself for such a time as this.

    August 16, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  246. reader10

    After all these years I still don't understand the people who voted for him.Here is a guy who's only experience is a community organizer.What do they think about him now.

    August 16, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      George Bush ran an oil company in Texas called Arbusto energy.
      The company failed due to bad management.
      An OIL company Failed, can you imagine ?
      Yet you morons elected him........TWICE !!!

      August 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • jean2009

      What a moron...do you really believe that bs.

      Besides being President of the United States, Barack Obama was an Illinois Senator 8 years, a U.S. Senator 4 years, after graduation from Columbia University he worked for Business International Corporation and The New York Public Interest Research Group. Both businesses have links online.

      Before entering Harvard Law School he was hired by the city of Chicago as director of Developing Communities Project from1985 -1988. In 1988, he entered Harvard and after the first year he became editor of the Harvard Law Review.

      Each summer, he returned to Chicago were he worked as an associate at two separate law firms. He taught constitutional law at The University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004 (12 years). He worked for Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland specializing in civil rights litigation. He served on the board of 3 different non-profit organizations, he has written six books (one a book for children).

      As a young person he worked at Baskin-Robbins, and made sandwiches at a deli...and he worked for a private company during college which processed medical records for the New York police and fire departments, and as a telemarketer.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  247. Babak from LA

    At $1.1 Mil; I actually think the price tag is not too high.

    August 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  248. GotThumbs

    2 million dollars spent on two buses to drive the president around from time to time?

    Guess this was the first purchase AFTER the government RAISED its credit limit.

    This should speak VOLUMES to american voters.

    August 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • jean2009

      You can bet the government bids and procurement for these happened before the debt ceiling was raised. They are definitely not a two week job. Plus $2.2 million is a bargain for two motor coaches of this type, with this equipment. Some of these coaches run up to $3 million each. They eat a lot less fuel than Air Force One, and Marine One, and they are not covered in high-cost graphics and color...just simple Secret Service issue black.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  249. Alex

    why do we care how much it cost. 1.1 million a piece is nothing to many individuals let along corporations, let along the federal government. They are to be used by the nominees for president because of the way our system works. That is not the secret services fault and if they were armoring each rented bus and then taking all of that off at tax payer cost, this has to be a long term savings. Who gives a crap. I just want to see pictures of the inside of that thing, it has to be sweet.

    August 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  250. Compared to Air Force One... Cheap!

    Compared to a massive private jet I would say this is fairly conservative way for a president and his staff to travel.

    August 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  251. GotThumbs

    2 million dollars spent on two buses to drive the president around from time to time? Guess this was the first purchase AFTER the government RAISED its credit limit. This should speak VOLUMES to american voters.

    August 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  252. Compared to Air Force One... Cheap!

    Compared to a huge jet I would say this is fairly conservative way for a president and his staff to travel.

    August 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  253. GotThumbs

    2 million dollars spent on two buses to drive the president around from time to time? Guess this was the first purchase after the government raised its credit limit. This should speak volumes to american voters.

    August 16, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  254. GotThumbs

    Moderate this!

    August 16, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  255. Wiataminute

    Those buses created jobs. just think how many man hours it took to equip those buses. Im sensing some anger towards our great president. In the last 200 days he has had over 40 jobs bills submitted. Why weren't any passed? The "job creators" haven't had a tax increase, and now they pay less for per employee including benefits, where are the jobs? I hope he finally decides to fulfill his campain promises any way he choses no matter who likes it. I have no doubt if he did his reelection would be an easy win.

    August 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  256. Mike

    Anyone bought a coach lately?... I am guessing that 1.1mil was the base price b4 all the secret gadgets were installed and the interior modified to accomodate them...

    August 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  257. gingerpeach

    Hummm no wonder the government is short on momey, hard earned tax dollors!!

    August 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  258. sao

    the bus is as black as his vision. no hope...no progress...only deeper in debt.

    August 16, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  259. Sue

    Yeah, other candidates have had these busses, but they paid for them out of their own campaign money--the tax payers were not stuck picking up the bill.

    Take a look at Gallup--Obama's approval has slipped down to 39% again!!

    August 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  260. Wiataminute

    Our president should fulfill his campain promises by just diong it. building buses created more jobs than congress. Just do it no matter whose feelings get hurt.

    August 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  261. dme

    Thats nice for him. I cant find a job, no longer receiving unemployment benifits, and have to go to churches and other organizations to get help with my bills and food while he gets to ride around in a decked out bus! Nice!

    August 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  262. rightious

    If bush got reelected theirs no doubt obama will reelected.... Ppl pay more attention to american idol crap, reality shows, what snookie will bang next then to the presidential elections..... Sad but true america is going 1.5 gpa

    August 16, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  263. common sense

    Also anybody who said the campaigns pay for these things are dead wrong. The campaigns pay for fuel and operating cost but they do not pay for actual equipment. That stuff is provided by the secret service

    August 16, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  264. juniper

    Liberals are more concerned about pissing others off than getting it right, they would rather drive this country into the ground than to concede to anyone else.

    August 16, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      Conservatives are more concerned about pissing others off than getting it right, they would rather drive this country into the ground than to concede to anyone else.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  265. Stripes

    Bill Murray would have enjoyed attacking Czechoslovakia in this Urban Assault Vehicle.

    August 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  266. shanty

    And this is a story because???????? The writer in my opinion is stupid and petty for even writing this mess and pointing it out. I dont ever remember any such stories written on any other President. Im really starting to feel CNN need to grow up and start reporting real American news

    August 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  267. molleja

    Why, if the wonder boy is so loved, does he have to ride around, on display, in this tank? Its so Pope-like.

    August 16, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  268. shanty

    Is CNN an American owned news company cause they do way better reporting international news than they do here in America. Idk do you get some of perks or money cause you guys failing right now.

    August 16, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • juniper

      CNN is becoming more UnAmerican as time goes on, they have the nerve to call "soccer" "football".

      August 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  269. Matthew

    My one and big question continues to be. All of these people who make race an issue, would you be standing up for J.C Watts if he were President. He has more character and more experience than President Obama had before he took Presidential. Or is it only because he is a black liberal that you stand up for him. I wish J.C. Watts were running. He could take every Republican no doubt and then we would see how the country would vote. Two black men. Character or carisma. I think in this country we know which is going to win every time. Unfortunately it is not the first.

    August 16, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Matthew:
      you have a point, but my nomination would be Colin Powell, even if he ran as a "black lib" he'd have my vote over anyone I could identify as a candidate on either side. Short of him, it'll be Ron Paul. (no pun intended).

      August 17, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  270. MacMan

    It is refreshing to see that our racist brothers and sisters are no longer cloaked in white hoods and bedsheets, but instead feel free enough to display their blatant ignorance and bigotry in a public forum. First, Kudos to everyone who actually read the artical which clearly states that this was not requested by President Obama, but by the Secret Service. Secondly, if you read the article to the end, you will note that they are actually saving money with this investment rather than wasting it leasing buses, modifying them, then having to restore them. Finally, after our current President leaves office this bus will be used by the next president and other high profile protectees. All of this information is clearly stated in the article, but because people are so racially motivated and not fact seekers, they seemed to overlook these clearly-stated facts.

    I keep reading all of the wrong that many of you feel that our current president has done, however, the attrocities by our former president have been overlooked countless times... Lies to get us involved in wars... 9/11, still unsture as to his true involvement in that whole fiasco, and the list goes on. With respect to vacation time... it has been clearly documented as to President Bush's number of vacation days and I'm sure for anyone running any company, organization or business... it would be unacceptable.

    I understand that everything by this President will be acutely scrutinized... but come on people... make logical arguments... and if you can't, just admit that you don't like him because he's black!

    August 16, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  271. Chris Gil

    Alright 1. To all the ones complaining about the price how about shutting up. This isn't a bus JUST for Obama. And oh he takes a vacation. Come to think of it, how many did G.W.B take? Yeah that's right. 2. Oh he is taking vacation off because he won't accept reponsibility and do his job? How can he do his job when Republicans will only say NO in office and do everything they can in their power to go against what eh does. I mean you must be morons not to notice them going on TV and saying "We will not support anything the democrats do". Like WTF? They said it to your face. They don't care what is good for the people, they only care what is good for their party! 3. You think he is such a bad President then leave our country and stop whining. He was elected because the majority of Americans believed he could and will and has lead our country. How long did it take Bush to find Osama 8 years and counting. Obama? Just 3 years. How much did Bush spend on a stupid war? Trillions because he wanted oil for the Republicans. Obama? Has pulled troops out lowering the cost of spending. I may be 16 But I got more facts than you and a brain that is on right and is not swayed by the stupidness you speak.

    August 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  272. Vijay

    A plane is called AirForce One when the president's on board, what would you call a bus?

    August 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
    • Mike

      Could be Greyhound One.

      August 16, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
  273. Patrick

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery......former Governor Sarah Palin.....once again.....sets the trend. You betcha!

    August 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      Sarah has the constitution plastered on her bus.
      Wonder if she has ever read it.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  274. peter Warren

    As good a way to add to the deficit as any other. I'm sure the mothers of the kids who die of starvation in the horn of African each day while Oh Ha Ha does nothing at all about would vote for it. After all, if you're going to spend more of the kids money which they never agreed to, and pump up the deficit more than anyone else in history, however could you do it without a million dollar bus or two? Pity the Governor of Texas minces his words. Treason is too soft a word. Merchant of Disaster might be appropriate. Crook and criminal would be true.

    August 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      The Fed wants to pump up the American economy...
      you know, something that would be good for America,
      but Perry calls it TREASON, because he doesnt care about America,
      This move might make Obama look good for re-election, and we cant have that, so to hell with America.

      Perry is a traitor.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Of course the "Fed" wants to pump up the American economy by issuing more $$. It means more $$ in the Fed's pockets (Federal Reserve, the PRIVATE banking conglomerate, not Federal Government). Before you run your mouth as KOM, you may want to dig a little deeper than these posts. May I suggest "Web of Debt" and "In Fed We Trust" as a starting point. These are the policies the Tea Party are trying to reighn in (the fiscal arm not the hijacked side), and if the libs and TP would quit the name calling (we are all guilty of) and honestly look at what each is trying to accomplish, yes there are deep philisophical differences, but the jist of it is that by the TP trying to limit government, the libs would win too because there would not the incentive for corporate/lobbyist influence. Of course this is scratching the surface and would take a lot more detailed and civil conversation than can be found in these CNN Posts.

        August 17, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  275. rva1945

    Ground Force One.

    August 16, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  276. truthman

    Obama created jobs for the bus company. Unfortunately, twice as many went bankrupt paying the taxes to build them. That's the way it always is. The gov't is like a middle man driving up the price of goods before the customer gets it. Everytime the money comes in from the private sector through taxes, it ends up being partly siphoned off by the bloated gov't that hands it back out. The gov't is never as efficient as they want you to think. Either is the combustible engine.

    August 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  277. Tom White

    Does Obama get a black helicopter to go with the black bus? Ominous looking thing.

    August 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  278. eddie2010

    Stimulus in action. There are 2 buses. There's a red one too.

    August 16, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  279. MistyRain600

    I believe the purchase of these buses is a Slap in the Face to all American Citizens who have, in the last 2 years, lost their jobs, homes, and way of life; and don't forget the children who are now living in the streets.

    August 16, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      Turn the other cheek.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  280. Quje

    Man, you Americans are such hypocrats. You say shit things about your own elected people? Come on. Who elected Obama? GWB? Lincoln, Jefferson? Are they also all shit? Grow up America, the largest democracy? How immature can you get? The way I see it, is you guys are a still a bunch of racists. Go visit New Jersey. You see African Americans living on one side of street, while whites live in the other. Why? Because you can't bare each other at heart.

    Democracy? You guys support dictatorships around the world, while pissing at each for having elected someone to manage the dictators around the world. Now don't I sould like Ghadaffi? But the fact is, that just BS, but rather DS (Do Something).

    America, wake up!

    August 16, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
  281. Where's Michelle?

    Not a peep nor view from her highliness the last couple of weeks because his highliness wasn't being exalted!

    August 16, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
  282. mudlick

    The only thing black,bigger,fatter and uglier than this monster is Michelle Obama!

    August 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      ATTENTION SHOPPERS:
      We have an award here for the biggest racist.

      mudlick

      The only thing black,bigger,fatter and uglier than this monster is Michelle Obama!

      August 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  283. JerseyDevil

    The thing looks ugly – It looks like a giant hearse. If the secret service was going to add buses to the presidential fleet – it should have been painted similar to Air Force One. The purpose of the bus is similar to Air Force One or with the Presidential Trains in the 1800's, although in this case it seems to be more election campaigning than actually being used for presidential duties.

    August 16, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
  284. Jeffl76

    Why hasn't this thing gotten interesting yet? Hillary should challenge for the nomination.

    August 16, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      Hillary is too smart to touch this mess.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  285. Jerry

    Hey NObamamites, don't be such ignoramuses. These are not buses! For Pete's sake, they are top of the line luxury motorhomes at over one million dollars a price each. The weak excuse that they were purchased by the Secret Service is not going to wash. They have been purchased, again, under NObama's watch. Should taxpayers be footing the bill for this clueless president to campaign and continue lying to the American people? Absolutely NOT!

    Also don't be so idiotic. The Campaigner-in-Chief is NOT listening and looking to create jobs. In reality, he is looking to save ONLY his job (butt).

    Does this make me a racist? Go ahead NObamamites, continue using that logic and drinking the presidents spiked KoolAid. When you don't receive your welfare check, who you gonna blame? You can't and the president can't continue blaming Bush or the Republicans. This president has been at the helm for over three years. Don't you think it's about time America saw some positive results?

    America, PLEASE remember 2012.

    August 16, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      Hey Jerry,
      Most of us stopped reading at "Nobamanites".

      August 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  286. Trish

    It doesn't matter what this great President of ours does, the ignorant will find fault. He's not doing all of this for himself (who would want that job, especially now) – everything he's trying to do is for us. He cares about all of us and the disrespect he's been given for trying to make a better world for all of us is disgraceful. Someday you'll all get it. Til then, good luck with all of your candidates. What a cast of characters! Is it just me or is Rick Perry GW's twin?

    August 16, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  287. Trish

    Jerry – I can't take someone serious who doesn't know how long the President's been in office. Try again.

    August 16, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  288. sky

    skyMichelle Bachmann on meet the press she just lie, lie, lie as a INDEPENDENT voter, we are the people who see the truth, that the Republicans are not willing to bargin or raise taxes on Million Airs and Billion Airs to get the economy working. Getting 98% of what they wanted, and have not created any JOBS! yet, But what the Republicans-Tea Party have caused S&P to down grade our country credit for the frist time in our nations history. Independents who are self-reliance not committed to a political party will take the stand again, Since the 1st day in office the Republicans main goal was to get Obama out of office instead of giving a hand with the wrost economy our country has ever seen. The Party of no, did 1 thing right to show the American people their willing to strip us of everything we have worked for. INDEPENDENT 4 Life

    August 16, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  289. Mike

    Why didn't he have it painted green? His flashy new ride meets green energy standards, right?

    August 16, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
  290. Joel

    I love the way you libs are quick to throw the race card every time someone disagrees with your precious little President. Okay, I'll follow the logic. You are racists as well for all you've said about G.W. Admit it, Barrack Obama is a total failure and a huge disappointment! Why don't you libs replay his campaign speeches and see all the promises he hasn't delivered on. For example, He promised we would out of Iraq and Afghanistan, unemployment would be below 8% if we passed the stimulus, he would unite the country, repeal the Bush tax cuts, decrease deportations, close Gitmo, increase taxes on the wealthy, improve the economy, etc. I could go on for days. To make matters worse, I believed in him and voted for the idiot. He's got to go! When is he going to take some responsibility and stop blaming Bush and the Republicans! He doesn't no how to lead because he is in over his head. Bottom line. He is the President and the buck stops with him.

    August 16, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
  291. jules

    Wow. The level of idiocy and hate goes to 11. And whoever said Palin is smarter than Obama needs to have their voter registration card revoked. It's people like that who have helped infect our country with morons like Bachmann, Perry, etc. Please people. Just acknowledge your ignorance and turn yourselves in to the proper authorities (read:nearest psychiatric treatment center) before you inflict further damage.

    August 16, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  292. Randy

    As a taxpayer, therefore part owner of this bus, I would love to take a ride in it. I'm sure it would be great for picking up women.

    August 16, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  293. Randy

    buying these buses created a couple of bus driver jobs. How much are they making?

    August 16, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  294. Kellen

    Some people are just so disinformed. Where in the world do guys guys get the point that this president is racist? How is he killing jobs? The $830 billion stimulus has created or saved over 3 million jobs. Obama is actually creating jobs. not fast enough, but the economy is growing unlike when bush was losing 750,000 jobs A MONTH. I just don't understand how people can have so much hate for this man who hasn't even completed his first term. That said, I really hate the fact that Obama is caving in to these republicons who want nothing but corporate welfare for exxon and united healthcare. I know all you righties will come after me for blaming bush because you'll say he's been gone for a couple years, but look at the mess he left all of us (lefties and righties) that we all have to clean up and put america back to work.

    ps: im not believing rick perry's crap about creating job. Yeah he created jobs (illegal immigration, population boom, minimum wage jobs, federal stimulus money which he opposes?)

    August 16, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  295. 66Biker

    Another waste of tax payer money. And they want to cut Social Security and Medicare?

    August 16, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  296. saul

    Okay and who is paying for this crap? Apparantly the secret service and the president think its okay to spend the American taxpayers money to go on a tour and buy buses. And the democrats are saying that everything is the republicans fault when they are the ones spending money like crazy. I can not wait until a republican becomes the president then there will be changes. Hopefully it is ron paul.

    Ron Paul 2012!!

    August 16, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      The president had nothing to due with buying these busses,
      are all republicans morons ?
      or just you ?

      August 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  297. LiberalNN

    What alternative fuel source does this beast run on? After all, Obama said he's focus on alternative energy sources "like a laser."

    August 16, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
    • Killer Of Morons

      I hope it runs on teabaggers.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  298. granny

    DAMN...... The Amercain people are being THROWN !!!!!! under that million dollar bus. Hope Obama will be using that bus soon to pull a U-Haul to move from the White House

    August 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  299. james

    Wonder how many out of work starving families the money spent on thes 2 busses could have fed ?, cause GOD know one is not enough. Maybe lays potato chips could sponsor him.

    August 16, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  300. w w

    Evening news shows stress that this is Not a campaign tour. Because then Obama would have to use campaign funds for it. So who's paying for these mega-million monstrosities and the fuel to run them? And the "staged" crowds? And the tiny schoolbuses to bring in the crowds? And the scripts for the crowds? etc.
    The only job he is discussing is his ownnn. What a taxpaying joke DramaObama is.

    August 16, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  301. descardao

    The telling difference between a man and a boy: Harry Truman***The Buck Stops Here!*** Barack Obama***Who Can I Blame For This One?***

    August 16, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
    • Dsay

      SO true

      August 16, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  302. Brody

    I understand this is needed for the safety of the president...but just like the housing economy, you don't buy when u can only afford to rent. You can't spend your way out of debt.

    August 16, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
    • jean2009

      You do realize renting a vehicle is more expensive than renting a house...and renting a house may be okay if you can't afford the down payment, but in the long run it is more costly and you have nothing to show for the money. The renter of a house signs a lease, pays a deposit, their month rent pays both the mortgage and the taxes plus cost of any utilities included in the rent, plus an amount foreseen as the cost of property upkeep, plus a profit for the landlord. When the lease is up the property best be left in pristine condition or the deposit is not returned.

      August 17, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  303. Michael

    Darn! I thought I had an idea to make the buses unnecessary but then I thought some more about it. I was going to have Obama fly around to campaign stops on all those tax protected corporate jets out there. He cannot though, the GOP as has dibs on all of them.

    August 16, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  304. Chris

    Is that "Hemphill" as in a hill on which cannabis is cultivated? You betcha! Used to grow it all over the country. Ah, the good ol' days.

    August 16, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  305. Kim A

    Nice carbon footprint! I'm sure Al Gore is wetting his pants over this and what these vehicles are doing for global warming.

    How many gallons of fuel per mile do you think these monsters burn?

    August 17, 2011 at 12:31 am |
  306. Kim A

    How long does it take to get a post approved?

    August 17, 2011 at 1:08 am |
  307. someone

    I'm not electing him. He didn't uphold a single one of his promises.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:29 am |
  308. mitch

    dude. the president's bus is Murdered Out. thats sick

    August 17, 2011 at 1:32 am |
  309. fed up

    @Chris Gil, Why didn't the President raise the debt ceiling with the Dem's had the majority in the house and senate? Instead, they were out spending money they didn't have and now try to blame everyone else for almost defaulting. It's not like it was a surprise that the debt ceiling would be reached during his term. What he didn't plan for was the good hand slapping he got in the mid-term elections.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:02 am |
  310. Zechariah S.

    I they should name them grizzly one and two

    August 17, 2011 at 2:27 am |
  311. RaY

    He rEaLlY DiDnT NeEd a mIlLioN DoLlAr BuS!!!!InStEaD He cOuLd oF BoUgHt a mIlLiOn dOlLaR HeLiCoPtEr;)LeSsEr milEaGe#BaLlIn

    August 17, 2011 at 2:52 am |
  312. obvious

    Get real people, every president since Truman has had someone pulling his strings. Barack will stay another 4 years because he has largely kept the status quo. That is why the Rpublican candidates are so weak. With few exceptions America is a center-right one party state and is likely to stay that way as long as big business and organizations like the Federal Reserve are around. Has it ever occured to any of you that most big reformers and activists end being assassinated or doomed to irrelevancy? Kennedy, MLK Jr. and Malcolm X were all shot. Ralph Nader and Ron Paul will never see the presidency. It will take a literal "people's revolution" or another world war (with us on the losing end) to bring about actual changes.

    August 17, 2011 at 3:42 am |
    • Killer Of Morons

      Obvious.

      Everything you said was true, the sad part is
      nobody believes it so they do nothing.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  313. nursetonim

    Nice to see what our tax dollars are being wasted on in spite of this country's fiscal crisis. Why can't they use transportation that has already been paid for? Why should the taxpayers pay for campaign expenses for either candidate? I thought that the candidates were responsible for paying their own expenses, isn't that what their fundraisers are for????!!!!

    August 17, 2011 at 4:06 am |
  314. Lost

    4 MORE YEAR!!! ♥

    August 17, 2011 at 5:02 am |
  315. Lost

    August 17, 2011 at 5:03 am |
  316. azlaninsight

    I think a lot of the confusion resulted from the article's misleading title.

    August 17, 2011 at 6:21 am |
  317. c weller

    The bus is ugly and oppressive.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:04 am |
  318. Samantha

    Some of you people are bottom of the barrell , low class idiots. It's funny how many compliants you have now but sat like tht fools you are while Bush all but Destroyed this country. We get the picture you don"t like President Obama. Well get over it and your self. He is going to be President 4 more years.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:41 am |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      NEWSFLASH! A newer-er, better-er English lexicon has now been revealed by Samantha:

      "barrel" is now spelled "barrell".
      commas may now be placed at random.
      "complaints" is now spelled "compliants".
      "the" is now spelled "tht".
      "destroyed" is now a proper noun and as such, shall be spelled with an uppercase "D".
      "yourself" has now been split into two words.

      Just a courtesy translation so that "high class idiots" can read what "low class idiots" are typing.

      Definitions: "high class idiots" spent their school years out on the lawn protesting until blackboards became green, while "low class idiots" stayed in the classroom, read what was on the blackboard, and learned to read-and-write properly. U R vary sum-art Sum-man-thuh!

      August 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Cent. Scrut. You can't hold these people responsible for their public educations. It's the government's fault. Oops, can't blame the gov't. Must be your fault this poor girl has these issues. Do you make more than $250,000? Then it's DEFINITELY your fault. You rich, self absorbed jerk. How dare you millionaires beat down on the under-privliged. We need to raise your taxes so people like samantha can receive a proper education.

        See how easy it is to follow lib logic? Of course part of it is the ease in which these boxes allow you to type (or not).

        August 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  319. jboh

    I see the TEA clowns are all over this site w/their hateful nonsense. The Secret Service bought these buses, and they save the taxpayers $. If you get your heads out of pill-popper Rush's rear, you won't have so much manure in your ears. It is infecting our brains. You should know that your partisan crap is all to visible to hide.

    August 17, 2011 at 8:16 am |
  320. Crusty Demons of Dirt

    So he wants the auto makers to stop building large SUV's and buy more Volts... and yet he gets this monster?
    -Is that hipocritical?
    Give the man a fleet of armor plated Volts to campaign with.
    Don't just talk the talk sir, walk the walk.
    That has been the whole problem with your Presidency.

    August 17, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  321. Andrew

    You're supposed to be running the country and finding a solution, not running around campaigning!!!

    August 17, 2011 at 8:57 am |
  322. joeinalabama

    Buses built in Canada, jobs our number 1 thing, I love it.

    August 17, 2011 at 9:09 am |
  323. Rick

    TAX!

    I'm sick and tired of you people who post comments on CNN's articles and then cry about taxes.
    I bet 90% of you are couch potato, fat, high school dropped out, and claiming some sort of a disability to receive benefits. So tell me, who is abusing the system.

    August 17, 2011 at 9:15 am |
  324. Andrew

    So some of the busses are used? Why are we buying used busses with money we don't have? We need to be buying brand new busses with the money we don't have. How much money does it take to fill one of those things up with gas? Is Obama paying out of his own pockets? Or is he dipping into ours?

    August 17, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  325. Marc

    This is NOT a waste of money. He can ride on an armored bus or he can shut down airports and train stations. Flying into a military base is just a costly and still screws up traffic. This is probably the cheapest and least intrusive ways that he can travel.

    August 17, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • jean2009

      You bet!

      August 17, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  326. pmbg

    It is sad to see how the level of education and civility in this country is going downhill! Half of the people posting stupid comments here didn’t take the time to read the article!! 1. This was purchased by the Secret Service, NOT the president. 2. They made the investment because it will save money over time. For previous Presidents they had to install and uninstall armor in leased buses which is very expensive. 3. The buses will also be used to protect the GOP candidate.

    August 17, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  327. mlr

    Can't this admin every stop finding ways to spend more of our money? And how much is the bus tour itself costing us?

    August 17, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  328. pmbg

    Are you complaining about Obama touring the Mid-West? Every single president before him did it. Remind me why Obama cannot do it now? What is the special reason? But what about the congressmen/women who left congress (leaving the FAA unfunded among other things) to go to IOWA to eat fried butter on a political-joke fiesta that doesn’t add any valued to the country or even the GOP? Why are you guys not complaining about that?

    August 17, 2011 at 10:00 am |
  329. hingedlwnb

    It figures that the conservative wingnuts here would be critical of bussing.

    August 17, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  330. Jim in Colorado Springs

    the bus was actually made in Canada. A fact missrepresented in this article. This tor should be renamed the jobs for Cananda Tour. Do the unions have an opinion on this?

    August 17, 2011 at 10:19 am |
  331. John

    Spending $1.1M on a bus. Nice to see Obama pitching in to increase the annual deficit.

    August 17, 2011 at 10:21 am |
  332. Dan

    Well now, at least I know why El Obambito wanted to raise the debt ceiling. Just had to buy a new pimped out ride....

    August 17, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  333. Dan

    And I'm sure that it comes with a Mexican maid..

    August 17, 2011 at 10:25 am |
  334. Matt Jones

    I notice CNN is not reporting that the bus was actually manufactured in Canada, like "Faux" News

    August 17, 2011 at 10:25 am |
  335. The Veteran

    Republicans are pathetic. The busses belong to the Tax Payers, specifically, the Secret Service.

    As for blame: What don't you understand? Time does not erase Bush's blunders. Change can correct them, but the blunders are FOREVER HIS. So, he should take responsbility for what has happened under his watch, but our whole situation is CLEARLY the result of Republican leadership (or lack thereof).

    LET IT BE STAMPED IN THE HISTORY BOOKS. BUSH ALMOST CAUSED THE ECONOMIES OF THE WHOLE PLANET TO GO DOWN THE TUBES. And time cannot change that.

    August 17, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • Albert

      SO you mean Obama makes it better?

      August 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  336. Martin Eagle, CO

    One important thing the article did not mention is that the bus was made in Canada. How ironic, the president is riding around in a bus built in another country while talking about job creation in the US all at taxpayer expense all paid for by hard working people struggling to put bread on the table. How serious is he really about job and what can you believe?

    August 17, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  337. ric

    The buses were built in CANADA not the US. They were sold by a dealer in the US. I don't see that as creating a significant number of US jobs. Do you? It's hypocritical going around in a foreign built bus preaching about how we need to create jobs here in the US. His presidency is a contradiction in and of itself.

    August 17, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  338. Big Bob

    Careful, CNN. This could almost be construed as a negative ad against your master!

    August 17, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  339. MacMan

    Besides racism, I can't come up with a logical reason why so many people are opposed to this purchase?!?! The Secret Service would have to lease, outfit and restore buses ANYWAY... there is a better ROI on this option. I'm guessing that the people complaining also think it's better to use Rent-A-Center rather than purchasing your own stuff. C'mon people.

    Secondly, our President has not been able to bring people together because so many people are focused on the color of his skin and what the pundits are saying, they cannot see the truth. While I agree that we have to step past referencing the Bush era, I do agree that we are just realizing the effects of the decisions that our former president made. President Obama cannot immediately change things without bipartisan support. Try and take an Air Craft Carries and have it do a 180 degree turn. It takes all systems working together to redirect that behemoth. In like manner, our country's issues will take time. GWB had 8 years to create chaos, this president was being criticized in his first few months that nothing was being done... Such a microwave society we are... that is not the real world. Rome was not built in a day, neither will our issues be solved in the short time span. Change occurs over time... positive or negative change.

    August 17, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  340. Bob

    Obama's gonna need that bus when the riots start here. Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Greece, UK. Domino effect. The USA can only take 20% unemployment and 10% inflation for so long.

    August 17, 2011 at 11:03 am |
  341. Mel

    Let's see it the GOP nominee uses it, I bet they do.

    August 17, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • Albert

      You can blame GOP when that really happens. But right now, Obama is the one who should be blamed. Remeber, he is the commander-in-chief.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  342. NJ

    I noticed they don't tell you they use military transport planes to move these busses around. He's not exactly driving across the country. Even more waste.

    August 17, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  343. no bama

    BUS WAS MADE IN CANADA! BOUGHT THROUGH A COMPANY IN TENNESSEE. MAY AS WELL BOUGHT A HONDA!

    August 17, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  344. no bama

    ALSO, BUS IS BLACK. WHERE IS THE RED WHITE AND BLUE?? HE IS NO ABRAHAM LINCOLN! BUS WAS MADE IN CANADA. BOUGHT THROUGH A COMPANY IN TENNESSEE. MIGHT AS WELL BOUGHT A HONDA!

    August 17, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • jean2009

      You do know red, white and blue graphic design buses cost more than Secret Service issue black?

      August 17, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Actually better chance the Honda was Made in the USA.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  345. independent

    The buses were manufactured in Canada! They were purchased from an American dealership. So, how is that made in America?????

    August 17, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  346. Lee

    Sure - don't spend any more money to protect the prez. Let him ride a Schwinn flanked by two guys running alongside with BB Guns.

    August 17, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  347. bachmanntwit

    Google ' Bachmann Corndog '. Hilarious.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  348. palintwit

    Google ' Bachmann Corndog ' for a good laugh.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  349. mike.sierra

    Good reporting. She didn't mention where they were made.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  350. Mike Jones

    Don't blame me because I have it better than you. Blame yourself for allowing yourself to have less than I do!

    August 17, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  351. Katz

    I see how interested he is in the US. The bus purchased for 1.1 million dollars, we bought 2 so that makes the total 2.2 million and they were made in Canada! Nice looking out for the US Obozo!

    August 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  352. Riazzo

    Watch this and you will understand what is going on – Go TO YOUTUBE and search "Obama Deception". Share this video – EACH AND EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN NEEDS TO SEE THIS. Whether you like obama or not! SHARE this info!
    GET the LINK and SHARE on your FACEBOOK!

    August 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  353. Jerry

    Amazing, who advises this fool? This guy proves you need more experience than a Junior Senator to run this country. He is riding in 2 custom built busses (PURCHASED FROM A CANADIAN COMPANY!) costing taxpayers $2.2 Million, touting jobs to the jobless in the midwest. Then leaves to vacation in Marthas Vineyard BEFORE he can release his new jobs bill; which im sure will include millions more in handouts and taxes. What has happened to America?

    August 17, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  354. TRouble

    That thing looks bad ass!! I'll bet it's even better than the one from "Stripes"!!!!

    August 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  355. Frank

    I'm Canadian, we all just retired cause the US bought two buses... Our government spends billions every year just on American military products, get real, you're not making us any favours and nobody's losing jobs because of Canada. Looking for scapegoats won't solve anything, think harder.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  356. Jerry

    Amazing, who advises this guy? Obama proves you need more experience than a Junior Senator to run this country. He is riding in 2 custom built busses (PURCHASED FROM A CANADIAN COMPANY!) costing taxpayers $2.2 Million, while touting job creation and explaining why its not his fault to the jobless in the midwest. Then the next day, leaves to vacation in Marthas Vineyard BEFORE he can release his new jobs bill; which im sure will include millions more in handouts and taxes. What has happened to America?

    August 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  357. chris

    another democrat who talks about reducing carbon emissions, yet emits as much as possible without remorse.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  358. Icarealot2

    When Air force One is flying with the President they have an additional one that is a decoy. Is this the same with the bus? They are saying this is to keep the President safe? How? It looks like it could be one big target to me, especially when they advertise where it's going and with who?

    August 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  359. Bill from COS

    I heard the bus was fueled by a newly developed flex solar fuel funded by stimulis money & discovered by Al Gore. It requires global warming to work, thats why the bus is black.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  360. Albert

    What exactly was the purpose of this tour? I am wondering. Spending 2.2 million and wasted. I am almost 50 and I have never been in such a negative mode for our future and the direction where we are going.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  361. California Conservative

    That's it Obama, increase your carbon footprint 1000 fold. Gore would be so proud.

    Can the joke (Obama) get any funnier?

    August 17, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • jean2009

      Actually the carbon footprint is a lot less than Bush's buses, and the cost compared to using Air Force One and Marine One is a lot less.
      These buses do belong to the Secret Service and will be used for others besides just the president.

      August 17, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  362. Carrie Davis

    The bus is terriffic! – I think that when one considers the total mess the country was in after the Republicans led the country for 8 years – (just 2 years short of a decade) President Obama and his administration is doing a super job; when I think of all the road blocks the Republicans continue to put in his way. The Republicans do not wish to see any progress under the leadership of an African American President, and they are doing everything possible they can to prevent progress under the leadership of President Obama, and that is so sad, because so people get hurt in the process; both republican supporters and democratic supporterss – namely, those of us who are poor, and that would be anyone who does not make enough money for their families to get an education of some type, to get the bare necessities of life; that does not include a vacation – that is have an empty pocket book before you get that next check. Sadly so many poor republicans are so hell bent on being racist until they actually think they are better off with a republican president who could care less if they can feed their families, have transportation, and a decent place to live. Republicans lead and hold office for the wealthy and the wealthy only, and yes, they need the vote of poor people of all races and ethnic groups to continue with that idea.
    The level of decay the country the country was in when President Obama took office will take far more than 2.5 years to get the country out deca and onward with the brighter future I am certain we will eventually get to.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  363. Canadian

    That bus is partially made in CANADA! Why does CNN not say this in their article?

    August 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • Canadian

      Reports indicate Obama is riding in style in a VIP H3-45 made by Prevost, which has its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Sainte-Claire, Que., southeast of Quebec City.

      Read more: http://www.canada.com/Obama+causes+stir+with+Canadian+made+tour/5267693/story.html#ixzz1VJIgxW9T

      BAM!!!

      Oh Canada Baby!

      August 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Melanie

      So who cares where the bus was partially made? And just how often do you shop for Chinese-made goods at Wal-Mart?

      August 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  364. American

    It just ticks me off that president downgrade goes on a taxpayer money spree to campaign under the guise of promoting jobs on 2 buses that were paid by taxpayers money. 2.2 MILLION DOLLARS spent in CANADA.

    August 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • Rose

      And how many things have you bought at Wal-Mart this year?

      August 17, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  365. Angelique

    Look folks, if your thought process goes "Look at that big expensive bus, Obama is a @#%@%#~!!!" and that's where it ends, you are a blind ideologue spending your days looking for any reason to complain. If however, you are a person who truly cares about facts, when you read Obama has a big expensive bus, you would say, hmm, I wonder if any other presidents ever did that, and you would proceed to use the wonders of modern day technology to find out in just a few minutes time. And don't give me that nonsense that the economy is worse now, Bush did it while we had soldiers with less than stellar equipment in the middle of a warzone. Blind ideologues on both sides are exactly that. Blind. You want the truth, you need to start questioning your own assumptions and snap judgments. Period.

    August 17, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  366. Joepub

    Have to admit it looks like a cool ride.

    August 17, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  367. John M

    HA HA, you think that's expensive?! My bus was 2.7 million and I'm loving every bit of it. Obama, you got nothin' on this!

    August 17, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  368. Farcryvw

    Bought in TN but built in Quebec. Not thats creating US jobs!

    August 17, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  369. Ms. White

    @Revolution18
    I would rather I keep my money, but between the super-rich or the ones that think children are paychecks/or sitting at home all day is a "job"......I'll give it to the super-rich
    --------------------------
    that what you are doing now you fool...thus you must not have any children...and please do not have any...damn fool

    August 17, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  370. nugy

    obama on his magical mystery tour with a bus built in canada.isn't this tour about putting americans back to work yet why not buy bus built with american jobs.maybe the magical mystery tour is about creating jobs in other counties.

    August 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  371. LESHAWN

    Most of you people will find a way to complain. I think all you read was the sibject and didn't bother to read the article. And please stop saying he not doing his job. Taking time to speak with the people who elected him is apart presidents job. Stop complaining and get out and do something!!!

    August 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  372. JustObvious

    He should be going to events where the attendance is by invite only. Oh, that was the last President.

    August 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  373. George South Florida

    OK so the Secret Service bought the busses. From what I read these vehicles are now assets of the White House transportation fleet. It was the decision of the Secret Service to buy them and yes we taxpayers are footing the bill.
    Do I like the idea of taxpayers footing the bill, no but then I know the Secret Service had good reasons for buying them.
    One good reason would be security for the President and anyone else using these vehicles.

    August 17, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  374. Mike

    Such bitterness! Take a chill pill . . .

    August 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  375. shades

    its the black mobile, run

    August 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  376. Canadian

    Well I find itr very funny that all he talks about is jobs jobs jobs but the bus he rides in was made in Canada! Ha!

    August 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
    • midgick

      Dear Canadian,

      Try the bus was made in Tennessee.

      August 17, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • DaveO

      I agree Canadian...except it's not funny... sickening... and I don't believe for a second that it cost just 1.1 million.... it may have before the upgrades... armour.. anti-chemical prevention, weaponry... telecommunications... it's a self contained survival shelter on wheels.. probably more like 4 million. Now if he paid for it out of his own pocket, and not ours.. .or out of his re-election campaign money... and really.. what did people expect... he did nothing but campaign before he got elected.. why would anyone expect real leadership now?.
      Let him move to Canada and run your country... bet you won't laugh for long....

      August 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
  377. midgick

    Do any of you brainiacs out there know what a new Provost or MCI bus cost??? Try somewhere in the $700,000 to $900,000. Modify it to make it safer for The President of the United States and able to make the Bus a traveling White House and you get a clear picture of its true cost.
    The 1.1 Million for this is a steal. Think how expensive it would be to use Air Force One to do this.
    All of you who moan and groan are either stupid or just plain nasty complainers or both.
    So next time you want to complain about something, know what the hell you're talking about and try using your brains instead of your Behinds!!!!!!!!!

    August 17, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      @midgick: First off, you have the nerve to scold others about "using your brains instead of your Behinds!!!!!!!!!" when you can't even spell your own screen-name? It's obvious to all but you that there is a lowercase "d" missing between the "g" and the "i" in "midgick" <– (figger' it out on your own). You are obviously stupid, just a plain nasty complainer, AND both. So next time you want to critique multiple posts, know what the heck you're talking about (Oh! BTW, your #1 key on the upper-left corner of your keyboard must have a gummie-bear jammed in it – you redundantly keep repeating your exclamation points)

      Regarding your comment: "The 1.1 Million for this is a steal. Think how expensive it would be to use Air Force One to do this." Are you that lame (or biased) to purport to these readers that the bottom-line price for each of these buses was 1.1 million? After fitting armor, workstations for staffers, a lounge no doubt, and work areas for onboard security detail (and the list goes on) I guarantee you these buses more than doubled in price. Each bus needs a "safe room" impervious to chemical attacks and a central cache of weapons for the Secret Service.

      To: "The 1.1 Million for this is a steal": I agree it's "a steal" – stolen from the taxpayers. The final tab was probably more like 8 million for the pair. And since you seem so bent on teaching us all, before you resume maybe you should take a refresher-course in basic English – "Million" is NOT a proper-noun and as such does not warrant an uppercase "M" – it's "million" you dolt. If you want to continually correct people ... "know what the hell you're talking about and try using your brain instead of your Behind".

      To: "Think how expensive it would be to use Air Force One to do this", Why "think" how expensive it *would* be" when it IS actually happening? BOTH Air Force Ones ARE being flown back-and-forth over the "bus tour", not to mention a panoply of other military support aircraft. Some right-wing blogger will eventually use the FIA to KNOW exactly how much this "bus trip" cost us. Mayhap a left-wing blogger will get some guts and find out first?

      The President’s “Midwest Bus Tour” began at The Whitehouse where he boarded Marine One for Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Andrews is home to 89th Airlift Wing (also known as “The Presidential Airlift Group”). From Andrews the POTUS flew in Air Force One to Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Airport where he and his entourage of heavy USAF cargo-planes were handed off to the 133rd Airlift Wing. Only at that point did BO finally set foot on one of the buses and begin his “bus tour”. From St. Paul, MN to Peoria, IL is only 456 miles, so while the POTUS’ faux-photo-op bus tour was being staged, numerous support aircraft including BOTH Air Force One 747s had to be flying overhead to-and-fro so the POTUS wouldn’t have to wait for transportation, ground or otherwise during any leg of his trip. Once in Peoria Obama debarked his bus and was met by the 182nd Illinois Air National Guard Airlift Wing before being whisked away on Air Force One (which one? BOTH were in the air!) back to the Whitehouse, just hours before beginning his grueling trek to Martha’s Vineyard. He soon left the White House aboard Marine One on his way back to Andrews Air Force Base. From Andrews he flew to Cape Cod aboard Air Force One along with First Dog Bo (“BO” = B.O. = Barrack Obama – narcissist). After landing at Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station, he then took a YET ANOTHER helicopter to Martha’s Vineyard. Accompanied by their daughters, Michelle Obama arrived at the Martha’s Vineyard only 500 miles from Washington, four hours before her husband. The extra transport to get the First Lady to the island added only a few more hours of vacation time and cost taxpayers thousands in additional expenses. The costs related to the First Lady’s solo trip mainly include the flight on her specially appointed military 737 she took instead of Air Force One, as well as any extra staff and Secret Service that had to be enlisted to go with her. She also had her own motorcade from the airport to her vacation residence (an additional motorcade which necessitates at least one extra heavy airlift cargo plane). So while the POTUS was reclining in his “money saving bus” a DOUBLE fleet of support aircraft had to be in the air or “on the tarmac” wherever he happened to be How can riding in buses save taxpayer dollars while even more planes are in the air simultaneously than during a normal Presidential excursion? . A very frugal strategy, no? Triple the fuel being exhausted for a supposedly "money saving" bus tour.

      With 9 stops in three states and a total traveling distance of only 456 miles his trip averaged 50 miles between stops. Numerous times the motorcade had to slow down to make certain the POTUS was never out of range from the fawning safety of cameras from ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC.

      I don't care what political stripe the POTUS is, there's no excuse for making excuses or skewing facts to save your fearful leader from criticism. Let the chips fall where they may you Obamunist, revisionist, apoligist. The fact is while the bus was on its "Midwest Bus Tour" DOUBLE the amount of military aircraft were criss-crossing the skies just to make certain "an" Air Force One was waiting whenever and wherever the POTUS needed one – that's some "bus tour".

      Do I think ANY American President SHOULD have "an" Air Force One at his beck-and-call? While I ultimately answer "YES!" I have to curb my enthusiasm because I remember Clinton making a mess of LAX (local to me) while he had a hairdresser come to AF! to bonzai-clip his immaculate coiffe – THAT ... was userous and needlessly disruptive.

      And cut the "racist" accusations – First off, BO is a 50/50 bar (but not from the Good Humor man). Secondly, (and do some research – don't make me explain this to you) ... THE CLINTONS are running "Barrack's Whitehouse". You see his staff and cabinet peppered with former Clinton aids and staffers and Hillary is Secretary of State. What bigger jolt do you need to figure out that Obama is just a "hood ornament" while under the hood lurks "The Clinton Machine". How can you morlocks miss that overtly obvious fact? Obama is in charge of nothing! He isn't even in control of what appears on his own teleprompters (at least that's the excuse Jay Carney gave to cover one of BO's gaffs). To all you Rebublicans, conservatives, libertarians or disaffected former Obamunists, quit harping on Obama and give discredit where discredit is due – stop saying "Bush did it" and realize the Clintons ARE doing it (You buncha'; maroons!). Bill Clinton said outright in plain English that he wished he could find a way to get elected for a third term – looks like he found a way! Re-elect Clinton/s in 2012! LEMMINGS! (Ms. White? Ms. White? Bueller? Bueller?)

      August 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  378. phil

    Buses built in Canada and customized in VA, How's this for putting American's to work? What a sham.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
  379. Joel

    Are you all that stupid!? This isn't Obama's bus! It was purchased and equipped by THE SECRET SERVICE and will be used also for REPUBLICAN candidates and FUTURE PRESIDENTS. I'm sure you think he bought Air Force One himself too and will take that with him when he leaves office too?

    August 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
    • marinermama

      Gee, here it is March 2012 and not one Republican candidate has used it. I'll bet it"ll never be used again by anybody. No Republican is going to use the monstrosity.

      March 15, 2012 at 4:59 am |
  380. carroldeese

    Regardless of your politics right, left, middle, extreme our President needs to travel safely. http://bit.ly/olfIyj

    August 18, 2011 at 2:19 am |
    • marinermama

      Here it is months later and he hasn't used it again. We'll be watching to see how much use he gets out of it. Bet it's not much, if any.

      March 15, 2012 at 4:54 am |
  381. The Central Scrutinizer

    @Joel; RE: "Are you all that stupid!?" Joel, why don't you go to the restroom, look in the mirror, and ask the same question to all the Joel's inside you. There are many opinions in this post, yet all those before yours qualify as "stupid"? Sounds kinda' stupid of you Joel. Why don't you go stand by the side of the road when the bus passes – perhaps BO will flip you one of those new, half-sized nickels?

    Obviously Komrade Strelnikov must travel in a vehicle which reflects his omnipotence, hence the creation of "The Omni-Bus". Among the top-secret features of this bus is the fact that it is able to run on High Fructose Corn Syrup, and the only by-product exiting the exhaust are Froot-Loops. As if that weren't enough, it's engine is partially assisted by wind turbines! There are still a few wrinkles being ironed out – the buses use more corn to traverse a single state than the annual corn harvest of the USA (Shhh! Don't fret... BO plans to propose legislation which will have the corn-consumption problem solved by 2041). Nobody on this post seems to realize how much revenue is saved by BO parking both buses in his oral cavity simultaneously (he uses his tongue for a loading ramp). BO? Aren't those his initials? BO; isn't that his children's dog's name? Isn't that... narsicism? A stern warning to you naysayers: Opposition to das bus or anything else which which exits Der Kommisar's expansive mouth WILL result in charges of treason against 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, The United States of Chicago. Hail Skeezer!

    August 18, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  382. joe

    Climb abord the Barrack Insane Obama SCREW AMERICA TOUR

    August 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  383. Jose Moralez

    You know something? Im not impressed with our POTUS one bit. Actually, I have the balls unlike most liberals to admit when I am wrong. I was wrong to vote for this bag of wind. This guy is just a good speaker in an empty suit spewing empty promises to gullible Americans. Too little too late on delaying the deportation trials of my relatives, you lost our vote when you cruised the heartland in two $1.1 million dollar busses purchased from Canada, then to have the nerve to speak to the jobless and immediately fly off to Marthas Vinyard in Airforce 1, the rest of your family flying in earlier that day on another government jet at our expense, and spending $50,000 a week on your vacation estate. You Mr. President are out of touch.

    August 19, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      @Jose Moralez: Your post doesn't pass "the smell test", meaning you sound like a conservative posing as a liberal just to bolster your talking points. If I am wrong I sincerely apologize. I don't hide – I AM a conservative who held his nose twice while voting for "Dubys". I was wise to hold my nose, 'cause Dubya STUNK! When it came to Obama vs. McCain? Where was the choice? Whether the wrapper said chocolate or vanilla on it you got the same crap once you tore the package open. I'm white, I eat chocolate ice cream as often as I eat vanilla; I dated a black girl in high school (took a lot of crap for that splendid indulgence too), and a black surgeon removed my appendix – his name was Dr. Brown; irony or ...? He didn't leave any sponges or stainless surgical tools in me and my scar is "petite". Regarding your lament: "Too little too late on delaying the deportation trials of my relatives". I owned my own business and shepherded several illegals through the citizenship process – some I had to chasten and for others it just took a gentle nudge. Not one of them ever expressed any anger at me for pushing them to acquire citizenship and not one ever expressed any regrets. Each-and-every one of them came proudly and personally to me with the sole intent of showing me the contents of their manila envelopes containing their naturalization papers and the small, token American flag they were given at their ceremonies. Only one of them spent over a year gaining citizenship and the stumbling-block in that particular case was because the dumbass was already using three SSI numbers (but he STILL became a U.S. citizen). My point? You wail about your relatives deportation trials when they should have woken up from their siestas and gone down to get in line for citizenship the way my ancestors did at Ellis Island. "Oh No! We would be forced to learn inglés and assimilate".

      But wait, the topic is buses isn't it. So many people focusing on the hue of the buses (BTW, "busses" would be a term used by an electrician). I've read this Commie News Network tripe/blog extensively and if you do the same you'll notice it's vicious people claiming the only problem anyone has with these buses is the fact they are black. Dumbasses actually equate that to hatred towards Obama and blacks in general. Oh! Did I say "black"? Some "people of color" on this post are fond of using the term "color". Well, when they rename it "The Congressional Colored Caucus" I'll change my appellation. Not all Secret Service rolling assets are black – otherwise how could they surveil anyone who has ever seen an episode of "24"? The color was a choice – I'm certain the air-conditioning in the buses would cycle less if the buses had been painted a more reflective white, but then the blooters on this blog would have more reasons to cry "racism". Jose, you KNOW your relatives can (and WILL) be back in this country in days, so why don't you get off your butt and herd them down to the INS so they can get their papers? I've seen it – I worked at Coachella Valley Citrus in Thermal, CA and when "la immigra" showed up in their buses 75% of our workforce hid inside the walls of our icebox while the other 25% spread themselves around the packing line. Of that 25% probably 10% were illegal – they were the "decoys" for the INS. We'd all run out to the buses and slip people we didn't even know a $20.00 bill. I didn't even know why, I just gave someone a 20 through the slit of a bus window. The next day a little lady came up to me and handed me 20 dollars – she was the same lady I'd handed money to the day before. That's how fast illegals come back – sorry doubters, I experienced it firsthand. Jose, get your relatives naturalized and tell them to quit waiting under a cactus for "The Dream Act". Oh Yeah! The buses (sorry). The buses have already been purchased with our money so that's a done-deal. Obama is the POTUS and that's that – he should have his chance to take the buses for a spin so long as the Secret Service has them in their livery. He needs the protection – imagine a Biden-led Whitehouse! While I'm honest enough to say I hope BO doesn't get to ride them much longer, if he wins another term. let him ride the bus. Jose – the buses were the "tipping point" for you? REALLY? Too many libs in conservative hides and vice-versa on this blog. Very few brave enough to show their colors (not skin color "stooopid") and of those half are just here to try (fail) to make "the other side" look wrong. MILKERS! My mother was a waitress and we lived a humble existence yet my home is paid for as are all my cars. I carry no debt or balances. I went to public schools and I live better than my parents or grandparents. My grandkids? I fear for their future as the Obamunists endeavor to create an Obamination. Oh Yeah! Before anyone jumps my ass let it be known I spent 8 years telling conservatives how lame I thought Bush II was (and he WAS). Obama is a lamer too and for those liberal race-baiters "up in here" – it's his policies stupid – not his skin color. Besides President Obama <– (note the respect) is half white so skin color is a non-argument – it's a wash. @ the very tolerant "Ms. White"; may I please have my "damn fool" now? Thanks "Ms. White", TCS out.

      August 19, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  384. White Boy

    Weather you like or not this the President of the US also he is Black and African. Why you guys are mad this is the first Black President and has not even finished his first term you can not even wait his Second term which is on the corner.

    Like or not he will be elected again. He is your black president on 2012 again and again.

    August 21, 2011 at 1:37 am |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      @White Boy ...
      "Weather"? I believe .. no, I'm absolutely certain you meant to type "Whether" but obviously even the lamest people who get their mitts on a keyboard are capable of fooling their own spellchecker. Your point/s (if you had any) would be better communicated if you would learn remedial English. You can't even form the most basic sentences, you misuse and misspell words and mix tenses. <– This is not "deep academia" – it's just what you should have learned while you were busy being a school-desk placeholder in a public school my taxes paid for. Thanks for confirming my assertion that my tax dollars were being wasted. President Obama is "Black and African"? What, did you just wipe his mother out of the history books? She was white, and you don't think she contributed to his genes? He was born in Hawaii yet you say he is "African"? I was born in San Diego – can I now claim to be Hawaiin? RE: "Why you guys are mad this is the first Black President and has not even finished his first term you can not even wait his Second term which is on the corner" <– That is not even a sentence, and while I do try to refrain ... you are a qualified double-down-dolt! The only reason I'd be "mad" is because YOU wasted my tax dollars picking your nose with a #2 pencil while you dozed off in English class. I am very glad to know you have told all of us President Obama will be spending his "Second term" "on the corner". RE: "Like or not he will be elected again." Well you illiterate twit, I have some news for you – "whether" you like it or not, the 2012 election will be decided by the electorate, not your "wet dreams". Should the electorate give BO another term he will be my President. I could make money betting you never said the same about GWB (the dunce). RE: "He is your black president on 2012 again and again." Sorry racist, he's not bonifide black and he's Hawaiin, ergo by using your racial yardstick, I don't hate him. And 2012 will keep happening "again and again"? Do you get your calendars from Ted Turner? I could care less if this president's skin-color was BLUE, it's what he does and whether he produces the results he promises that I look at when I consider whether or not I appreciate his efforts.

      You obviously have access to a computer therefore you have ZERO excuse for you atrocious mangling of English. There are plenty of FREE <– (got your attention now huh?), let me repeat FREE English language lessons which will increase your ability to articulate your point and make your posts sound more credible. "White Boy"? More like "POSER"! Racist, racist, racist ... is that the BEST you can come up with? Not a big star on the debate team were you? Quit parroting those standard lines and come up with something real and maybe we'll take you seriously. Normally I'd have typed "come up with something cogent" but I didn't want to confuse you whle you were already deep in a state of confusion. You "claim" to be white, while I AM white and I don't think my skin color maters a hill-of-beans. The day after the Rodney King riots I FORCED one of my employees to drive me to the Watts Towers beause he was being a namby-pamby about even being in Los Angeles. That's right you puddinghead <– (actual word!), we went directly into "the eye of the storm" just to be doing it and so I could prove to my employee no harm would come to us. Why don't you learn to use proper English and return to us when you can speak intelligibly about ... anything. I'm a retired Teamster and I've worked with Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians who ALL worked their asses off and knew the value of a dollar – now a dollar has no value. The Canadian dollar is doing better for crying out loud! Get off your racist talking points, get off your ass, learn English (I've known illegals from Guatemala who spoke it better than you write it). What a weak attempt to divert from facts. And before you say I'm a white person born into privelige in plush San Diego, I was born in Balboa Naval Hospital courtesy of the U.S.N. – there are anchors and ropes all around the border of my birth certificate. I went to public schools, I taught myself to type, I retasked myself as a mainframe programmer after retiring from the Teamsters. I sent MYSELF to school for computer technology. What's the matter "White Boy"? Grouchy because your fearful leader implied your check might be coming late? Get educated, get a job = get some money so you won't have to rely on Obama and "his stash". Nixon didn't help me, LBJ, Ford, Reagan, Clinton, both Bushes ... none of them helped me – I helped MYSELF! (I left JFK out of the mix out of respect). I'm still a member of the Teamster's Union and also a member of the NRA. Both of them send me magazines showing fat people eating rubber-chicken at events paid for by my dues. You're no white-boy, just another schill for Obama. At least I can say I didn't schill for (either) Bush. Gutless, posing fakir <– (REAL WORD!). hyperdictionary.com = a good place for you to start. If you can't finger it out after that, it's because you're still digging with that #2 pencil you pencil-neck race-baiter.

      August 22, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
  385. Foxman

    I don't see a American Flag on it or was that an extra ?

    August 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  386. Foxman

    I don't see an American Flag on it or was it an extra ?

    August 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      @Foxman: There is no need fur der amerikanischen Flagge on das schwarzen bus. Use your words carefully komrade; lest you end up in the gulag. Remember, under Komrade Clinton ein amerikaner expressed concern about the soldiers killed in Somalia – the Secret Service arrested her (under Komrade Clinton's direct and immediate order) and she and her husband were immediately audited by the IRS. Oberführer Obama (AKA: Komrade Strelnikov) has his OWN presidential logo – he has no need nor any obligation to display das silly stars und stripes. His glorious logo is a circle with a prominent rainbow. The circle symbolizes you and I chasing our financial tails due to endless tax increases and spending programs which far exceed the revenues the IRS collects. The rainbow was made prominent to pander to the Gay vote. You must visit a re-education kamp komrade – there you will learn the way of Hope-and-Change. After you've spent your time in the gulag the Brain Police will ask you a series of questions designed to measure your loyalty to Komrade Obama. IF ... your answers prove you are loyal to das Oberführer you will be assigned your very own IRS auditor (A "shovel-ready job" I assure you). After your audit it would not be wise of you to "Hope" to have any "Change" left in your pockets. You will then be given your OWN "shovel-ready job": dig your own grave, then kick yourself in, then bury yourself. Learn NewSpeak citizen – it's double-plus-good!!

      August 27, 2011 at 10:04 am |
      • PATRICIA FALESO

        Hey all of you Republican lovers. I am sure it would be just dandy and super OK if Bush or Cheney were in these buses. Anything the GOP does Is OK but not our WONDERFUL PRESIDENT

        October 30, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
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