Cop tracks down presidential limo's seal
Magnetism is the only thing that keeps the presidential seal on the president's limousine.
July 2nd, 2011
02:18 PM ET

Cop tracks down presidential limo's seal

The round, gold-trimmed presidential seal is an impressive symbol affixed to the door of the limousine known as "The Beast."

It appears to be a permanent part of the limo. But in reality, it's a magnetic seal that comes on and off, vulnerable to wind and elements just like anything we'd put on our own cars.

And Thursday night, the seal came off during President Obama's motorcade to the airport after his fundraising visit to Philadelphia, ending up alongside Interstate 76.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said agents and Philadelphia police returned to the area off the freeway that night and looked for it, but were unable to find it in the dark.

But the next day, a Philadelphia police officer found it on the side of the road. The Philadelphia Daily News reports the officer had been part of the motorcade the night before and was helping a disabled car when he spotted it.

It was brought to the Secret Service field office and is being returned to Washington.

"It happens periodically," Donovan said. "They're only magnetic. They're not put on any special way."

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soundoff (63 Responses)

    i woulda put it on e-bay... finders keepers...

    or it woulda looked good on my camaro..

    July 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RagingSemi

    Id love to see a "Cost of manpower to find it vs. the cost a just ordering a new dmn magnet." comparison on this.

    July 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ahkmed the Terror Guy

      Oh good grief. What is a guy like me goinna do with a magnetic seal...feed it to an electromagnetic white shark? Kurdos to the cop that found it. Good workings. The Beast is a nice touching as well and is how we see. Grrrrrrr. sceary.

      July 2, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RagingSemi

    of just. Sorry.

    July 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bubbles

    And the manpower of posting this STUPID-A/SSSSSS story.

    July 2, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RagingSemi

    "Army called in to find presidents favorite pen."

    July 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mad Hatter

    Thankful no one hurt. couldn't imagine someone getting hit with it. They need stronger magnets.

    July 2, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. michaelfury

    July 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The Måd Råp3r

    Parts of Philly are like Mad Max on crack and the police take time out to find Obamas fridge magnet, great job guys, earn those paychecks and keep the citizenry safe.

    July 2, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    @Bubbles: 96969696969696

    July 2, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bubbles

    @ Cesar ... press 3, 4, 5, 6 😉

    July 2, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. real fernace

    Y'all are hilarious! But it is true, a "joke" story needs equally joking posts. I would have loved to see a Philly pimp finding & putting it on his pimed out "whip"! Aside from surrounding his hood with SWAT & National Guard (Homeland Security), they could've charged him with theft, kidnapping, impersonation, terror attempt etc. & the poor dude was just having fun! It could've been such an entertaining 4th week end!!

    July 2, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |

    @CNN's Steve Brusk
    actually the headline should be "cop stumbles across pres limo seal"

    cause he found it by accident..

    July 2, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jj

    and this is news wow

    July 2, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ruffnutt

    a cool story would be... "presidential limo loses hubcap"

    i wish you could buy that car after it was decomissioned.. i would turn it into a race car.. or a monster limo with bigfoot tires..

    July 2, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy

    I have to agree with you, Raging Semi.

    Hey, all!

    July 2, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
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