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    Obama's Limo Stuck in Ireland

    President Obama's spare limo gets stuck while leaving the U.S. Embassy in Dublin. (Published Monday, May 23, 2011)

    Who knew that D.C.'s streets were Beast-proof?

    We haven't heard about President Obama's limo, affectionately known as "The Beast," bottoming out on any Washington-area roads, but the same can't be said of the streets in Ireland.

    On Monday, Obama's spare limo, sporting a D.C. license plate, got stuck as it attempted to leave the U.S. Embassy in Dublin. And the limo made a horrendous noise while doing so.

    "The (limo) was coming along and suddenly there was a loud kind of bang, metal-on-metal, grinding, crunching noise and the car was stuck," an RTE state radio reporter told the AFP news service.

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    The reporter told AFP that the limo's low underbelly got caught on a piece of metal sticking up at the gate entrance.

    Poor thing.

    The limo is virtually indestructible, but the Irish found an easy way to stop it dead in its tracks.

    "The Secret Service Spare Limousine, carrying staff and support personnel only, bottomed out at the top of the driveway rendering the vehicle inoperable," the Secret Service said in a statement. "Occupants were relocated into other vehicles and the motorcade departed out another exit without further incident. No injuries.

    "The size of our vehicles is always an issue and taken into consideration during the advance process," the statement continued. "However, it only takes a slight miscalculation for a problem like this to occur. Appropriate follow-up will be conducted."

    Hopefully some kind Dubs can get the prez the number of a good mechanic to fix whatever the heck might have been damaged underneath.