Presidential seal recovered from Philly freeway
The Presidential Limousine, also known as "The Beast", in a motorcade line up outside of The White House.
July 4th, 2011
07:52 AM ET

Presidential seal recovered from Philly freeway


      Washington (CNN) - The round gold-trimmed presidential seal is an impressive symbol affixed to the door of the limousine known as "The Beast."

      It appears to be a permanent part of the limo. But in reality, it's a magnetic seal that comes on and off, vulnerable to wind and elements just like anything we'd put on our own cars.

      And Thursday night, the seal came off during the President Obama's motorcade to the airport after his fundraising visit to Philadelphia, ending up alongside Interstate 76.

      Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said Secret Service agents and Philadelphia police returned to the area off the freeway that night and looked for it, but were unable to find it in the dark.

      But the next day, a Philadelphia police officer found it on the side of the road. The Philadelphia Daily News reports the officer had been part of the motorcade the night before, and was helping a disabled car when he spotted it.

      It was brought to the Secret Service field office and is being returned to Washington.

      "It happens periodically," Donovan said. "They're only magnetic. They're not put on any special way."


Topics: Secret Service • The Buzz
January 18th, 2011
08:20 PM ET

Pomp before policy as President Hu arrives

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, MD (CNN)-  The white 747 with blue stripes and adorned with a flag landed at Andrews Air Force Base Tuesday afternoon, bringing a president to Washington. But this time it was an Air China jet  stopping in Air Force One's usual parking spot, to begin an official state visit by President Hu.

The real story of the Hu visit will be the serious topics up for discussion away from carefully choreographed ceremonies: trade, currency, and security. Each is an issue without easy answers. But even with one of America's most complicated relationships, policy talks start with protocol. FULL POST

Topics: China • President Obama • State Visit