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3 Reasons a Car Enthusiast Would Never Want to Be President

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General Motors will be presenting President Trump with a new Cadillac Limousine later this year

Photo: © General Motors

While many Americans enjoy driving the open road with the windows down, or better yet in a convertible, it’s ironic that the top official of our country has to forgo many of the fun perks that cars offer when they take the office.

In honor of President’s Day, here are three reasons why a car geek should not consider taking on the role of U.S. Commander in Chief.

No Driving on Public Roads

Ever since 1963, when JFK was assassinated, no U.S. president is allowed to drive on public roads during their time in office. In fact, Lyndon Johnson is considered to be the last president who drove himself on public roads. Even former President Obama was denied the joys of driving a car for himself. As he commented on NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” he’d only done a few loops around the South Lawn in a Chevy Volt, referring to it as his “big joy ride.”


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No Windows-Down Driving

You can’t drive with the windows down, because it would be a safety hazard. And, even more to the point, the windows on the presidential limo are unable to open. The windows and cabin are totally sealed to help protect POTUS from the possibility of a nuclear-biological-chemical (NBC) attack or radiation infiltration. (Bonus fact: The cabin is also equipped with its own independent air supply, to further assist in the likelihood of a nuclear incident.)

No Convertible Rides

Saying “yes” to the Oval Office means saying “no” to convertible rides. Once again, this security rule was implemented in the wake of JFK’s assassination.


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Whitney Russell is a current resident of Dayton, though her spirit can be found beach-bumming on Puerto Rico (the land of her half-Puerto Rican heritage). When not adventuring through the exciting world of car news, she can be found hiking with her fiance and their 1-year-old Labrador, motorcycling, reorganizing and/or decorating some corner of the world (most likely in yellow), researching random things, scribbling on her blog, and escaping into a great movie, poem, or short story. See more articles by Whitney.