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Obama's motorcade: All aboard "The Beast"
The presidential state car is dubbed by members of the press as "The Beast," as it boasts bulletproof windows, a reinforced gas tank, and its very own chauffeur. Designed by General Motors and built in 2009 in time for Obama's inauguration, the car goes everywhere the President goes. The car is sealed against gas and biochemical attacks, and is even able to run on flat tires should the wheels burst.
Green enthusiasts may not be so pleased to discover the car's fuel efficiency is reportedly just 8 miles per U.S. gallon.
Credit: White House/Flickr.
Cisco Unified IP Phone 7965G
On Obama's desk in the Oval Office rests one of the most important tools that he has at his disposal: a phone. The Cisco Unified IP Phone 7965G is a secure voice-over-IP phone that connects the leader of the free world to other global leaders and heads of states. It features color LCD screen and gigabit Ethernet connectivity with crystal-clear audio quality. It also features an expansion model that includes customizable speed-dial buttons to reach various people around the White House at a push of a button.
Telecore IST-2 secure phone
A strange looking device, this is one of the most secure phones in the United States. Telecore's IST-2 telephone is approved by the U.S. government for ultra-secure communications that includes multi-cryptographic security. It also features automatic security authentication and a noise-canceling microphone.
And, it also includes caller ID feature, just so you know it really is the Israeli Prime Minister on the other end of the phone.