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)
  1. banasy

    I'd like to crown you all right...

    Okay, fine.
    We're both royalty...


    July 2, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. real fernace

    This is interesting info Phillip, & you do a great Ahkmed. I guess this is confession & troll week. That's why I have to be "real" today cause trolls been in my biz! I can't confess my character yet, she hasn't been developed fully, & only been brought out a few times. banasy, are you the Librarian? She's very amusing! I can see her & Sheryl hangin' by the pool, with some durrtty martinis & cabana boys. Anyhoo, must get laundry, good eve all!!

    July 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ***dude***

    Alrighty then...

    July 2, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Wolverine

    Confession of the trolls. Hahahahaha.

    July 2, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank ( R-Ohio)

    When Obama stops at Mc Dolands, they probably slap on the burger seal. 🙂

    July 3, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip


    July 3, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    I don't steal other people's u/n's and then post garbage under the stolen name.
    That's a troll.
    What we do is no different than you using 'Wolverine' for one post, then posting under your given name for another.

    July 3, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Wolverine

    You smell of trolls. Most people here have multiple names. Multiple personalities, characters. Not many real here. This is my real name. I just came into blog.

    July 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    Um, no, Wolverine, I'm not a troll, but hello, anyway.
    Way to come out swinging.
    There are, however, several trolling *me*.
    I suppose one could write anything and claim anything, but who cares?
    Post away, Wolverine.

    I smell of CK1, by the way.
    Who manufactures 'Trolls'?
    Is it new?

    July 3, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. phœbe

    somebody needs to put the comic book down....

    July 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. private investigator


    July 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom

    In ancient days this would be seen as an omen- especially in the birthplace of freedom, In our time.

    July 3, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Boston Logan Limo Service

    An interesting discussion is worth comment. There's no doubt that that you ought to write more on this issue, it might not be a taboo matter but generally people do not discuss such issues. To the next! Cheers!!

    July 30, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mfzmou

    I love the part where you say you are doing this to give back but I would assume by all the comments that is working for you as well. Do you have any more info on this?

    January 31, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. guptil

    I love your drawings and have been silently following. What kind of ink do you use for your drawings? And do you ink before or after you watercolor?

    June 22, 2013 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
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