In the avalanche of news stories about the upcoming inauguration of our 44th president, today we heard about the Commander-in-Chief’s new wheels. Auto enthusiasts, apparently, aren’t happy, describing the new presidential limousine as “ugly as sin.” Given that the version in the photo above doesn’t have its complete paint job, probably not its final wheels, and other parts camouflaged, I think there’s at least reason to think the final product will look better. Probably still won’t win any beauty contests but, hey, that’s not what it’s for.
If this is what those who know think our president, regardless of who he or she were, needs to get around safely, so be it. And to those who use the new fortress on wheels as evidence that our new president shouldn’t be our new president, shame on you. This vehicle has been in the works for a long time, and would have been used by our new chief executive regardless of the outcome of the November 4th election. Get over it.
Though style is clearly not the primary concern when it comes to presidential limousines and such a vehicle could never be used for an American president, I have always been partial the 1963-1981 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman limousines. But, of course, that wouldn’t be American, and we could never afford to maintain the silly thing.