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The First Presidential Horseless Carriage!

Happy Presidents Day! In honor of President’s Day, let’s take a look back on the very first president to use the horseless carriage!

William Howard Taft was President of the United States from 1909 to 1913.  Side note, President Taft was the only man to ever become president and then chief justice of the United States.  President Taft was an early automotive enthusiast, and believed in the future of the automobile and wanted to bring the horseless carriage to the White House.  Being the forward thinker that he was, President Taft convinced Congress, with quite a bit of opposition with concerns of its cost and safety, obtained a $12,000 budget to purchase a horseless carriage. That’s approximately $300,000 in today’s dollar value.  With the allotted budget he introduced two Pierce-Arrow limousines to the White House and converted the old carriage stable to a garage to house the limousines.  However his famous milk cow roomed with the limos until the garage was demolished in 1911!

Today’s presidential limousine is roughly about the same cost, although the actual price tag has never been announced, due to security reasons I’m sure.  The current model is roughly based on the Cadillac DTS, however, it doesn't carry any specific model name, the Secret Service refers to it as The Beast. The Beast can seat seven people including the President.  The car is sealed against biochemical attacks and even has a blood bank in the trunk stored with the President’s blood type.  The President’s Horseless Carriage has come a long way in the past 105 years and you certainly won’t find it parked next to a milk cow!

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