Buy Canadian and summer at Martha’s Vineyard?

posted at 12:05 pm on August 17, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The legendary Casey Stengel once lamented about his hapless expansion-season New York Mets, “Can’t anyone here play this game?”  Two stories this week prompt the same question about Barack Obama and his political team.  First, Obama spent $2.2 million in taxpayer money to buy specially-made buses for a three-state tour about jobs — without actually having a plan to flog.  At least the $2.2 million puts some Americans to work, right?  Well … North Americans, maybe:

President Obama is barnstorming the heartland to boost US jobs in a taxpayer-financed luxury bus the government had custom built — in Canada, The Post has learned.

The $1.1 million vehicle, one of two that Quebec-based Prevost sold the government, has been tricked out by the Secret Service with state-of-the-art security features and creature comforts.

It’s a VIP H3-45 model, the company’s top of the line, and is used by major traveling rock bands.

“That’s the more luxurious model,” Christine Garant of Prevost told The Post.

Barack Obama — rock star.  Yes, that’s exactly the kind of image that wins votes in the upper Midwest.  That’s bad enough, but buying two buses from a Canadian company while promising to create jobs in the US is the worst kind of optics imaginable.  Why not use a manufacturer based in the US?  I’m certain that Complete Coach Works in California could use the work, for instance, or North American Bus Industries in Alabama.  Setra USA manufactures its buses in Greensboro, North Carolina, a key state that Obama could easily lose in 2012.  Wouldn’t a $2.2 million buy there have turned a few heads?  For that matter, Obama could have bought them from Motor Coach Industries and picked them up in his home state of Illinois at the start of his tour.

Next, there’s the problem of going on a jobs tour without a jobs plan.  Obama has been in office for over 30 months, and the last explicit effort he put forward on jobs was Porkulus in Month 2.  Obama’s telling voters that he will come up with a plan down the road, when he should have had the plan in hand before stumping for it on the road.  Not only that, but according to CBS’ Mark Knoller, the new plan is going to sound a lot like the same old plan Obama has for everything:

Senior Officials stress the September speech would contain new ideas – but their descriptions sound like Pres Obama’s current proposals.

The officials says Pres Obama would use the speech to propose new measures to accelerate job growth in the short term.

Ah, yes, another series of short-term gimmicks like Porkulus and Cash for Clunkers.  Remind us again how well those worked out.  No wonder he wants to wait until he’s off the road to unveil his plan.

Speaking of going off the road, Obama will end his trip today and then take a vacation.  Presidential vacations are always dicey, even though a President never really goes on an actual vacation; they just change locations.  George Bush took plenty of flack for his annual August retreat to Crawford, Texas, where his ranch is located, even though Bush was just as on the job as in DC and Congress was out of session during the same periods.  Obama’s taking flack for taking off even though Congress isn’t around to send him any bills, which is unfair — to a point.

The difference between the two is that Bush just went back to his rather rustic and relatively humble home in Crawford, which could never be mistaken for a hoity-toity retreat for the Upper 400.  Instead of going home to Chicago, Obama will rub elbows with the wealthy in Martha’s Vineyard who use summer as a verb, and the optics even have Democrats complaining:

With 14 million Americans out of work, a volatile stock market and a historic downgrade of the country’s credit rating, President Obama is set to begin a 10-day retreat Thursday at a 28-acre Martha’s Vineyard compound called Blue Heron Farm, which costs an estimated $50,000 per week to rent. That divide — and the presumed hypocrisy of a president who has pledged not to rest “until every American looking for a job can find one,” going golfing and biking on an island playground for wealthy celebrities — has been too much for political pundits to resist.

Obama has taken heat the past twosummers for renting Blue Heron, but the difference this time is the intensity of his critics and the fact that they are on both sides of the political aisle. Republican strategist Mike Murphy told the Daily Beast that Obama is “acting like the rich guys he wants to raise taxes on,” while liberal columnist Colbert I. King wrote in The Washington Post that this is the wrong time “to dwell in splendid seclusion among the rich and famous.”

Yes, a respite at Martha’s Vineyard is Obama’s idea of “not resting,” which more or less undoes the common-man connection Obama wanted out of his rock-star bus tour.  Why not go to the Gulf coast, as the Obamas urged last year, if they didn’t want to come to Chicago in the summer?  Why not Camp David, as Colbert King suggested, which is a way for Presidents and their families to take a break outside of the public eye while still giving the impression of being on the job?  Camp David wouldn’t have cost the taxpayers millions in additional security:

Obama has paid his family’s share of the property’s rental cost each summer. But as is the case each time the president travels on official duties, taxpayers are on the hook for the millions of dollars it could cost for the Secret Service to secure the island, as well as for the transportation and housing of dozens of White House staff.

It seems that no one at the White House knows how to handle optics.  This August will be a festival of failure on that score.

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Yeah, you can’t drive too fast over speed bumps with Michelle Obama in the bus.

MeatHeadinCA on August 17, 2011 at 12:40 PM

FTFY

VegasRick on August 17, 2011 at 12:42 PM

MeatHeadinCA on August 17, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Yeah, but drving around in a red bus with a yellow star and a picture of Mmao and Alinsky on it would be a little obvious, don’t you think?

kingsjester on August 17, 2011 at 12:42 PM

FTFY

VegasRick on August 17, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Anything over zero is too fast with her in it.

MeatHeadinCA on August 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Repo Vehicle

faraway on August 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM

The bus looks like something Darth Vader would use after being grounded from the loss of two Death Stars.

michaelo on August 17, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Yeah, but drving around in a red bus with a yellow star and a picture of Mmao and Alinsky on it would be a little obvious, don’t you think?

kingsjester on August 17, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Chris Matthews calling on Obama to offer an alternative to Capitalism seems a little obvious for me. Still, I’m sure the media would approve.

MeatHeadinCA on August 17, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Repo Vehicle

faraway on August 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM

lol….WINNER!

Limerick on August 17, 2011 at 12:45 PM

No, they should use it and paint “This is what your President spends your tax dollars on” all over it.

Knucklehead on August 17, 2011 at 12:41 PM

The sad thing, that’s probably somehow a Federal crime.

MeatHeadinCA on August 17, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Anything over zero is too fast with her in it.

MeatHeadinCA on August 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Literally, you can’t drive over speed bumps with Michelle Obama in the bus. She has to get out otherwise it high centers.

VegasRick on August 17, 2011 at 12:45 PM

I wonder how much it cost the taxpayers when W went to Crawford?

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2011 at 12:45 PM

It is Booosh’s fault there isn’t an American made bus available. /sarc

Mangy Scot on August 17, 2011 at 12:46 PM

MeatHeadinCA on August 17, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Of course. To them, socialism’s perfectly acceptable, and is his gross negligence and incompetence.

kingsjester on August 17, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Literally, you can’t drive over speed bumps with Michelle Obama in the bus. She has to get out otherwise it high centers.

VegasRick on August 17, 2011 at 12:45 PM

The good news is she can carry the bus over the speed bump.

MeatHeadinCA on August 17, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Dr Evil on August 17, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Maybe he painted it black because he’s allergic to red, white, and blue?

kingsjester on August 17, 2011 at 12:36 PM

As far as optics go, what screams “Depression” louder than the color black? So he goes out on a listening tour about creating American jobs, in a big black bus with unemployment high and the country in a double dip depression, the GDP is flat, the country’s credit rating downgraded….these are the people who are all about “optics” Debbie Downer stated “We Own The Economy” so is he just rubbing it in? Who’s brainstorm was this bus tour?

Dr Evil on August 17, 2011 at 12:46 PM

I was just thinking…

… it’s going to suck to be the second afro-american President of the United States.

Just look at who you are going to be compared to…

Seven Percent Solution on August 17, 2011 at 12:15 PM

I’ll have to disagree with you on this one. The next AA President has nowhere to go but up. It’ll be easy to avoid Obama comparisons. All he’ll have to do is silly stuff, like show a little love for this country. Someone like West could easily distance himself from Obama in less than 60 seconds.

joejm65 on August 17, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Maybe because I’m Canadian, I see no problem with this.

With my last group before retiring from the road, we toured in another brand coach, but would always be wishing for a Prevost. They are excellent buses. The leader of the group would actually look at magazines about tour buses, get tours of places that did custom work on buses (one in Florida, one in Canada), and even wanted to tour the Prevost factory.

Johnny 100 Pesos on August 17, 2011 at 12:47 PM

It is Booosh’s fault there isn’t an American made bus available. /sarc

Mangy Scot on August 17, 2011 at 12:46 PM

No, but at least Barry is doing his best to make American busboys.

Limerick on August 17, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Isn’t his whole presidency a “festival of failure”? Just askin’.

herm2416 on August 17, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Yes it is. The American people aren’t known for their patience with repeated failure either. They tend to remember.

dogsoldier on August 17, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Didn’t Obama go twice to someplace in the midwest that made RVs touting how they were going to have new jobs?

Did that placed go bust, too?

Greyledge Gal on August 17, 2011 at 12:47 PM

How about buying the RV from a manufacturer located in Elkhart, IN, where Obama has famously shown up now and again to hold town halls?

Elkhart is the US capital of RV manufacturing.

As a former rez of that town, and a former RV factory worker, I’m astounded that the One bought Canadian.

dick

DrW on August 17, 2011 at 12:48 PM

The listening tour only stopped in counties with unemployment lower than the national average, I guess he did not want to listen to the unemployed.

Guest1.1 on August 17, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Maybe because I’m Canadian, I see no problem with this.

With my last group before retiring from the road, we toured in another brand coach, but would always be wishing for a Prevost. They are excellent buses. The leader of the group would actually look at magazines about tour buses, get tours of places that did custom work on buses (one in Florida, one in Canada), and even wanted to tour the Prevost factory.

Johnny 100 Pesos on August 17, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Maybe if you had him as your leader lecturing you on what to buy, what to eat, and how to live you might see the irony.

MeatHeadinCA on August 17, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Can you imagine the cup of bitter gall Hillary drinks very morning, waking up and having to go to work for this guy because she lost to him?

TexasDan on August 17, 2011 at 12:37 PM

And still be married to bill.

Mangy Scot on August 17, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Better yet, Jake and Elwood Blues, from the Blues Brothers. Maybe invite Aretha Franklin along for effect.

Knucklehead on August 17, 2011 at 12:27 PM

“It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we have a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses…

Hit it!”

Seven Percent Solution on August 17, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Can I haz Canadian peas, now?

MeatHeadinCA on August 17, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Why does the Secret Service hate Obama? Didn’t they stop to consider the optics? /

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2011 at 12:53 PM

For a 3 day ‘Listening Campaign Tour’…

Nice…God, I’m really starting to hate that guy.

BigWyo on August 17, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Obama: “Here’s my plan. I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”

Mr_Magoo on August 17, 2011 at 1:00 PM

And still be married to bill.

Mangy Scot on August 17, 2011 at 12:50 PM

He may be a louse, but he’s still the best thing that ever happened to Hillary. Without him, she’d be an ordinary government lawyer, living in a townhouse in Alexandria, VA, and commuting to a boring job on the Metro 5 days a week. Instead, thanks to Bill, she’s got a multi-million dollar fortune and gets a driver in a big black car to take her to her high-profile positions in government.

AZCoyote on August 17, 2011 at 1:05 PM

I guess we should be thankful bho, mo, and everyone in dc they need to go with them didn’t decide to vacation out of the US. They did save taxpayers millions.
L

letget on August 17, 2011 at 1:05 PM

“summer as a verb” – love that.

Reminds me of LA Story, when Steve Martin is asked, “Where do you summer?”

My answer: Obama can have ze crow.

beatcanvas on August 17, 2011 at 1:05 PM

RunawayDebt Vehicle

faraway on August 17, 2011 at 1:05 PM

You can bet at this very second the left-media hive is buzzing with Google and Nexus activity to try to find that parts of Prevost buses are made in the US so they can claim it’s really not another Obamagoof.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 17, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Did he stop for a slurpee?

TexasDan on August 17, 2011 at 1:08 PM

He should have gone with Miami, Oklahoma based Newell, which is American-owned and run.

Ward Cleaver on August 17, 2011 at 1:11 PM

funny, same stump speech right now and he wants ‘made in america’ posted everywhere…..except for his bus

pathetic….

cmsinaz on August 17, 2011 at 1:13 PM

I bet we could sell that bus and recover, probably, $600,000 for one of them. Tell you what, give us $1M cash and we’ll let you have both buses. How about it?

ExpressoBold on August 17, 2011 at 1:14 PM

how can these folks listen to the same swill day in and day out from this marooon…

guaranteed we are going to hear ALL of this again in his sept speech…

UGH…calgon take me away!

cmsinaz on August 17, 2011 at 1:15 PM

I’m more interested in his job-killing “Jobs Plan”. If its going to be such a hot number, why wait until September? Lets see it right now, Champ! Introduce it, and then go on vacation…give us something to chew on while you are clam-digging with the stars!

Oh, wait…it’s really a Wimpy Jobs program, “I’ll give you a job’s program in September if you let me vacation today”.

I can’t wait for the day when this ass tries to go out and get a real job, like the rest of us.

MTF on August 17, 2011 at 1:15 PM

makes me sick to think this buffoon might get re elected by complete idiots on the dole! yuk.

screwauger on August 17, 2011 at 1:19 PM

I can’t wait for the day when this ass tries to go out and get a real job, like the rest of us.

MTF on August 17, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Obama will never have to get a real job. He’s never had one and isn’t going to do something he has never done before (in his 50′s)

Ditkaca on August 17, 2011 at 1:20 PM

I can’t wait for the day when this ass tries to go out and get a real job, like the rest of us.

MTF on August 17, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Are you kidding? He’ll never have “a real job”. After he leaves the WH (hopefully on 01/20/2013), he’ll write more books, go on speaking tours, teach a class here or there, sit on boards and committees…

Ward Cleaver on August 17, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Obama is the type of guy that is never going to let the weight of the office interfere with the perks thereof.

Theworldisnotenough on August 17, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Obama and The Marxist Pranksters, now starring in Magic Trip: Barack’s Search for a Kool Place

Christien on August 17, 2011 at 1:24 PM

RV: Royal Vacation

faraway on August 17, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Flashback: Obama in Elkhart, Indiana campaigning for the stimulus. What is the #1 industry in that city? Why, building RVs.

(CBS/AP) President Barack Obama made a campaign-style pitch for his massive economic stimulus plan, traveling Monday to a hard-hit industrial city in hopes of winning support for a package that has become the first big test since taking office.

Mr. Obama participated in a town hall-style meeting in Elkhart, Indiana, and plans to hold another one Tuesday in Fort Myers, Florida, and one Thursday in Peoria, Illinois. All are cities that are suffering particularly hard times. He was to hold his first prime-time news conference on Monday night.

angryed on August 17, 2011 at 1:27 PM

You can bet at this very second the left-media hive is buzzing with Google and Nexus activity to try to find that parts of Prevost buses are made in the US so they can claim it’s really not another Obamagoof.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 17, 2011 at 1:08 PM

According to their website, all of their buses are made in Quebec.

But they do have several parts service centers in the US! That should do the trick.

Del Dolemonte on August 17, 2011 at 1:28 PM

The Buy American Act (BAA – 41 U.S.C. §§ 10a–10d) passed in 1933 by Congress and signed by President Roosevelt, required the United States government to prefer U.S.-made products in its purchases. Other pieces of Federal legislation extend similar requirements to third-party purchases that utilize Federal funds, such as highway and transit programs.
In certain government procurements, the requirement purchase may be waived if the domestic product is more expensive than an identical foreign-sourced product by a certain percentage, if the product is not available domestically in sufficient quantity or quality, or if doing so is in the public interest.
The President has the authority to waive the Buy American Act within the terms of a reciprocal agreement or otherwise in response to the provision of reciprocal treatment to U.S. producers.

repvoter on August 17, 2011 at 1:35 PM

2.2 million bucks. What a jacka$$!

I hate him. Absolutely hate him. He and his wife think they are royalty. I’m not joking when I say that when they are finally kicked out they will try to steal the WH blind.

Blake on August 17, 2011 at 1:38 PM

A la the movie Speed, just don’t let the bus tour do under 50 lies per hour, or the re-election hopes might asplode.

/

Christien on August 17, 2011 at 1:43 PM

It’s Bush’s fault.

Blue Collar Todd on August 17, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Oh c’mon, cut him some slack. Where the bus was made doesn’t matter – it’s the specs that count. Obviously, the Canadian-made behemoth was the one that had the most room under it.

Paradox Drive on August 17, 2011 at 1:56 PM

A la the movie Speed, just don’t let the bus tour do under 50 lies per hour, or the re-election hopes might asplode.

/

Christien on August 17, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Is Ray Charles the bus driver?

Del Dolemonte on August 17, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Instead of going home to Chicago, Obama will rub elbows with the wealthy in Martha’s Vineyard who use summer as a verb, and the optics even have Democrats complaining:

Ed, the Post article did NOT quote any dems. Only Tim Pawlenty, a GOP strategist, and a Post liberal columnist were quoted as having negative feelings about the vacation.
But they bashed Bush again for cruising around in his speedboat during the energy crisis, but forgot to mention that when the Iraq war broke out, Bush stopped playing golf regularly.

RMCS_USN on August 17, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Also, is this a “Green” bus? Does it run on Recycled Oil & Green Diesel?

portlandon on August 17, 2011 at 12:08 PM

The deep fryer in the kitchen that M’chell insisted on can drain its used oil right into the diesel tank.

Little Bammie’s side of the kitchen has the Slurpee machine.

slickwillie2001 on August 17, 2011 at 2:12 PM

The deep fryer in the kitchen that M’chell insisted on can drain its used oil right into the diesel tank.

Little Bammie’s side of the kitchen has the Slurpee machine.

slickwillie2001 on August 17, 2011 at 2:12 PM

LOL.

And the middle aisle of the bus is a putting Green.

portlandon on August 17, 2011 at 2:17 PM

How many times has Turdboy visited and pandered to Elkhart County and yet can’t see fit to buy his RV from the RV capital of the world? Jackass.

Extrafishy on August 17, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Does the bus have those active air shocks that can move the bus up and down in tune to music?

slickwillie2001 on August 17, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Ed, the Post article did NOT quote any dems. Only Tim Pawlenty, a GOP strategist, and a Post liberal columnist were quoted as having negative feelings about the vacation.

RMCS_USN on August 17, 2011 at 2:12 PM

The Post liberal columnist isn’t a Dem?

Del Dolemonte on August 17, 2011 at 2:29 PM

“Optics? Is that a potential job site?”

PBHO

Khun Joe on August 17, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Maybe because I’m Canadian, I see no problem with this.
With my last group before retiring from the road, we toured in another brand coach, but would always be wishing for a Prevost. They are excellent buses. The leader of the group would actually look at magazines about tour buses, get tours of places that did custom work on buses (one in Florida, one in Canada), and even wanted to tour the Prevost factory.
Johnny 100 Pesos on August 17, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Really, it’s only a problem for politicians who subscribe to protectionist Keynesian economics (like Obama). Otherwise, it’s just a matter of getting the best deal.

Count to 10 on August 17, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Next, there’s the problem of going on a jobs tour without a jobs plan.

There’s a speech for that.

John Deaux on August 17, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Eh-hound One

Ronnie on August 17, 2011 at 3:37 PM

“The feds bought the two coaches for $2.2 million from Hemphill Brothers Coach, based in Tennessee. It installed custom interior upgrades into the Prevost shell, which accounted for about half the cost.

The contract lists the country of origin as Canada and place of manufacture as “outside U.S. – Trade Agreements,” a possible reference to the North American Free Trade Agreement.”

Before we get too invested in this attack, we need to see the particulars of this deal. These busses were at least bought from a US company. I’d like to know if these are Canadian shells with Americans rebuilding them to government specs or if all the work was done in Canada. It makes a difference.

Not to say all the other optics of this are not screwed up, but with such a vast field of factual material, lets not give the left an excuse to de-legitize attacks by going off half-cocked on an ambiguous story.

brainy435 on August 17, 2011 at 3:59 PM

I am amazed that anyone is surprised Obama chose to buy his buses from Canada.

Stimulating the Canadian vehicle manufacturers fits in well with subsidizing oil production in Brazil and job creation in China with our tax dollars, doesn’t it?

Obama HATES America and everything American, especially the economic system.

Adjoran on August 17, 2011 at 4:37 PM

I knew it. I knew it as soon as I saw the bus. I said to myself, damn that looks like a Prevost… Nah, he wouldn’t be so stupid as to buy a bus built in Canada, would he?

Now don’t get me wrong, they’re fine buses, no doubt. But we talking about the freakin’ President of the United States! The one who has a LASER FOCUS ON JOBS.

Canadian jobs, no doubt.

Hey, all you folks at MCI that voted for Obussa! How do you like him now?

What’s next?

Are we going to replace Air Force One with an Airbus?

Trade the Caddie in for a Mercedes?

What a freakin’ joke!

ACTION ITEM FOR PRESIDENT PALIN: Put Prevost buses on E-Bay.

Really, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

turfmann on August 17, 2011 at 4:38 PM

I wonder who has to ride in the back.

MikeA on August 17, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Ed,

The noun “flack” means a public relations person. You should have written “flak,” which is a German acronym for “Flugabwehrkanone” or aircraft defense artillery. Presidents use flacks to defend them from flak.

ddh on August 17, 2011 at 4:52 PM

So Greyhound One was made in Canada. Who would have thought that the smartest man in the world whould have forgotten to check which country his mobile fortress was made. Exit question, who mans the ball turret?

Fred 2 on August 17, 2011 at 4:57 PM

I wish Obama would follow Palins example.

After 2 1/2 years of his first term he should announce that he wont run for reelection, complain that as a lame duck he can’t get anything done, and then resign for the good of Americans.

csdeven on August 17, 2011 at 4:59 PM

I checked out some sites, new Prevost shells manufactured in Quebec, shipped to Tennesse and upgraded with armor, bulletproof glass, run-flat tires, and special comm gear…. add… carry the 2… NOPE! I would say it’s more like 2.1 mill EACH bus. Palin’s bus, used in Sarah Palin’s Alaska and later given a $14,000 paint job , was bought used and reconditioned, originally would have been in the $1 mill range( Country Coach went bankrupt in 09). I downloaded video of Obama’s convoy , there’s a black one and a red one, about 20 cop cars, 10 SS SUVs, and about 10 one ton vans, quite a parade for a small mid-western town.

bigmike on August 17, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Lies lies all lies with this man.

Sweet Home Chicago Will Stay That Way for Obama
Thursday, December 11, 2008

When President-elect Barack Obama heads home for a break from the White House, he won’t go to a sprawling ranch or private seaside compound.
“My Kennebunkport is on the South Side of Chicago,” Obama said, referring to President George H.W. Bush’s getaway in Maine during an interview with reporters from the Tribune Co. “Our friends are here. Our family is here. We are going to try to come back here as often as possible, . . . at least once every six weeks or couple months.”

Brat on August 17, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Before we get too invested in this attack, we need to see the particulars of this deal. These busses were at least bought from a US company. I’d like to know if these are Canadian shells with Americans rebuilding them to government specs or if all the work was done in Canada. It makes a difference.

Not to say all the other optics of this are not screwed up, but with such a vast field of factual material, lets not give the left an excuse to de-legitize attacks by going off half-cocked on an ambiguous story.

brainy435 on August 17, 2011 at 3:59 PM

According to Hemphill’s own website, they get the Prevost shells from Canada with nothing more than a plywood floor inside. They then build the bus custom interior in the US.

New Prevost coaches are delivered to our facility with nothing more than a plywood floor and a driver’s seat.

Our craftsmen then begin custom-building every wall, cabinet, and piece of furniture.

But the “shell” includes the bus body, suspension and wheels, and engine and transmission. Those were made by Prevost in Quebec.

Del Dolemonte on August 17, 2011 at 5:11 PM

csdeven on August 17, 2011 at 4:59 PM

What do you get out of being this nasty, belligerent and callow?

Fallon on August 17, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Maybe O thought Canada was one of the other seven states.

Kevin71 on August 17, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Fallon on August 17, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Nevermind. I really don’t care.

Fallon on August 17, 2011 at 5:24 PM

2.2 million for a 3-day tour? Pretty pricey.

He is such a sleazy sombitch.

disa on August 17, 2011 at 5:26 PM

2.2 mil for a 3-day tour?

He is such a sleazy sombich

disa on August 17, 2011 at 5:28 PM

I think the Secret Service would pretty much demand and GET security clearances on anybody installing ANY of the security features and also get ironclad confidentiality agreements on anyone working on the raw shells as delivered to Tennesse. I suspect Secret Service would almost babysit the units at Hemphill thru to completion.

bigmike on August 17, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Fallon on August 17, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Don’t cry…..in three years Obama can run for president of the world. Since he will have resigned for the good of America, he is supremely qualified to handle a much, much, tougher job.

csdeven on August 17, 2011 at 5:51 PM

This guy is the single worst thing to happen to the United States of America.

Ever.

SuperCool on August 17, 2011 at 5:59 PM

I wish Obama would follow Palins example.

After 2 1/2 years of his first term he should announce that he wont run for reelection, complain that as a lame duck he can’t get anything done, and then resign for the good of Americans.

csdeven on August 17, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Boring.

Del Dolemonte on August 17, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Setra USA manufactures its buses in Greensboro, North Carolina, a key state that Obama could easily lose in 2012.

Ah… Fond memories driving the HD120 in Germany back in the mid 90s for the Berlin Brigade ITR/ODR.

I laughed as soon as I heard the buses were Prevost – high quality buses but not US made. To be fair Prevost only made the chassis/shell while a Tennessee coachworks did the outfitting and the SS bought the package com them. I’d prefer to think the SS did it on purpose-buying a canuck coach– and the WH just approved it base on how cool it looked and the fact that Beyonce & fiddy-cent ride in Prevosts. Bwahaha.

AH_C on August 17, 2011 at 6:22 PM

What do you get out of being this nasty, belligerent and callow?

Fallon on August 17, 2011 at 5:21 PM

You forgot libelous. Shame on you.

turfmann on August 17, 2011 at 6:36 PM

2.2mil, put it on the Credit Card there Hussein.

It would have been a hell of a lot cheaper on the American people if they had remodel a specially-made U-Haul Trailer.

Hussein & Muuclle are going to need it!

try again later on August 17, 2011 at 6:51 PM

You guys are clueless.
Prevost is the only company that includes an arugula crisper in the frig.

n0doz on August 17, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Optics? Who needs optics? I won.

——-Jugeared Jesus

hillbillyjim on August 17, 2011 at 7:11 PM

It’s the Cash For Canucks programme.

andycanuck on August 17, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Hoser One.

andycanuck on August 17, 2011 at 7:15 PM

You should see the curb feelers on Greyhound One !! Those are like drum major batons.

The tinted glass hides the pillows on the dash and the crown air freshener but the massive spinners on the wheels are DY-NO-MITE !

viking01 on August 17, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Big Mooch probably had them install a lobster tank and a pen for a couple or three Wagyu beeves.

“It’s a long trip. I’ll need a snack.”

justltl on August 17, 2011 at 7:56 PM

All I’ve seen is our President eating various treats, from ice cream to popcorn, and posing for photos. Buying pies. Glad handing.

Can somebody tell me what this little Sarah-Lite foray in the rock-star bus to buy a Boston Creme Pie has to do with the millions of unemployed in this country?

He is far from ineffectual. He is clueless. Hopeless.

And, hopefully, about to be sent packing. Maybe he can get in a few more vacations and parties at the White House. You know, in case there are any celebrities he and Michelle haven’t gotten to meet yet.

IndieDogg on August 17, 2011 at 8:25 PM

It’s the Cash For Canucks programme.

andycanuck on August 17, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Doing jobs American bus makers won’t do.

George_Canada on August 17, 2011 at 8:28 PM

justltl on August 17, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Pray she goes home soon.

slickwillie2001 on August 17, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Remember that sickening article that was going on about how this was going to be the Summer of Obama, when he would astound and amaze us all by out-maneuvering the Republicans and setting the stage for another 4 triumphal years?

Maybe not so much.

TABoLK on August 17, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Who cares if the bus is Canadian…as long as it’s not union-made, right?

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 18, 2011 at 12:24 AM

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