Our friend Eddie Codel is in Washington DC this week to watch the Obama inauguration festivities that will begin on January 20. But as a preview, he happened to catch a presidential motorcade yesterday as it was streaming through town.
What's the composition of a presidential motorcade? It entails dozens of vehicles, in a very specific configuration. The Wikipedia sayeth:
The motorcade for the president is made up of two parts, the first being the "secure package." In the event of an emergency, the secure package breaks off from the rest of the group. It includes two limousines, is heavily guarded by local law enforcement and Secret Service, and all cars are driven by professional drivers.
The second part is made up of vans that transport White House staff members and selected members of the press. In the rear is a communications van that records the president's movements, an ambulance, and additional police vehicles.
To see how all those disparate elements come together, take a look at this tidy video of the presidential motorcade that Eddie shot from his curbside vantage point:
Is This Obama's New Presidential Limo?
(Image, top, Chris Christner via Wikipedia)