As anounced a few weeks ago, President Obama will travel through the Kansas City metro area today on his way to a small town south of Kansas City called Osawatomie. President Obama is scheduled to land in Kansas City today and travel down to the small town to deliver a speach. Be assured his motorcade will cause some problems traveling in the metro especially with the fresh snow. With the presidential visit upon us I thought I would take a minute to explain why the president will get to speed through town, as well as what he will be riding in.
Since 2001, when the president travels out of town, his motorcade has consisted of about 45 vehicles. While the limousine itself is maintained by the Secret Service, motorcade support vehicles are maintained by the White House Military Office. At times, the president travels in the presidential Suburban, one of two Chevrolet Suburbans with the presidential seal on the sides. The presidental motorcade is allowed to speed and even required to speed for several reasons. Even though it seems counterintuitive speed is actually more safe for the president. It allows the secret service to identify possible threats because anyone trying to follow the president will also be traveling at a high rate of speed. Another reason the president will speed is because wherever the president goes the highways and roads will be closed and the public won't have access to them for a specified area around the presidents motorcade. It is in the interest of the public for the President to move quickly through the area so that traffic won't back up due to road closures. Probably the last and most obvious reason that the president will speed through an area is that he is usually on a strict and demanding schedule.