Barack’s Beast beaten by bump

The president’s car was left stranded for six minutes in Dublin after failing to go over a speed bum

Whenever President Obama visits a foreign country, one of the first things newspaper editors do is go through the startling statistics of the president's car. With five-inch-thick windows, eight-inch-thick doors and a footmat woven from Kevlar, it is no wonder the car is nicknamed "The Beast".

Unfortunately, while it may be bulletproof, it is not speed-bump-proof, as the video below shows.

As the car leaves the US embassy in Dublin, the president's Cadillac gets stuck on a minor speed bump. For six minutes. The mighty Beast was beaten.

What will the ramifications of this be? Probably none, but it's never good for politicians to look foolish on camera, even if it isn't their fault. Just ask Neil Kinnock.

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Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.