Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Canucklehead: Obama's Campaign Bus Built in Canada

Well, at least he's helping create some jobs. In Canada.
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.
Surely the Great Listener will finagle his way out of this one, or at least his adoring media will give him a pass.
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.


southernsue said...

obama likes it! the more the US falls behind, the more obama and his anti-american ilk like it.

obama, get out of our country!

oh and take your "the first time i feel proud of my country" wife with you!

Eli said...

Beh.  You already buy replacement parts for jets and helicopters for the US military from Canada.  Not to metion we also built all of your first generation APV/C's.   I'd say that there's a deeper systemic problem if companies like to outsource to Canada.  You know like our lower taxes, and in generaly 30% less operating cost when our dollar was under par instead of above it.

Think more, be less of a partisan hack.

Rob Reesor said...

This is a heavily cusomize (in Tennessee) bus *shell*. Look around a bit and you'll find that Prevost is one of the very few companies that offers a shell like this. The Secret Service procured two shells - one for Obama's campaign and one for the GOP nominee's campaign because they did not have a good way to secure bus-based campaigning. The company that built out the shell and made it secure says that, while they won't divulge exact numbers, half to two-thirds fo the cost of a bus conversion go into the conversion itself. Now, assume that most wealthy RV'ers don't go for the expensive armor and bullet-proof glass options, I'd bet that two-thirds of the cost of these two buses went to the conversion. So, out of th $2.2M total cost for the two buses, $1.45M went to the US company. Oh, and by the way, let's see ANY GOP nominee tell the Secret Service, "no, I won't travel on your bus for my campaign." Finally, if you ever go to Canada, you'll find a massive assortment of US-made goods, including cars, trucks, you name it. It turns out that trade between US and Canada is a good thing and they import lots of things from us providing many US jobs. 

Rob Reesor said...

By the way - take a look at Hemphill Brothers web site. John McCain and Fred Thompson, both former GOP presidential hopefuls, got their Canadian Prevost buses from this Tennessee Company.