Obama's 'Beast' No Match for Irish Ramp
Limo bottoms out on way out of US Embassy, prez forced to take backup car
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2011 5:06 PM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama's "Beast" limousine is built to withstand assassins' bullets, bombs, and terrorist attacks—but apparently not Irish speed bumps. The 18-foot-long, 8-ton Cadillac was leaving the US Embassy for Moneygall today when it bottomed out on a ramp that the low-rider couldn't clear, reports the Daily Mail, and guffaws emerged from the cheering crowd as the president had to make a car-swap.

But that wasn't the end of the president's transportation woes: A dense cloud of volcanic ash blowing from Iceland forced Obama to leave Ireland ahead of schedule, reports the AP. Instead of staying the night in Ireland, the president flew to London's Stansted Airport late today.