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Friday
Jul062012

Ohio Restaurant Owner Dies Shortly After Serving Obama Eggs

President Obama at Ann's Place in Akron, Ohio early Friday morning. JIM WATSON/AFP/GettyImages(AKRON, Ohio) -- Just an hour after hosting President Obama for breakfast, the owner of an Akron, Ohio, restaurant is dead.

Reporters going to Ann’s Place in Akron to follow up on the president’s choice of breakfast were stunned to learn the restaurant’s owner -- 70-year-old Josephine “Ann” Harris -- died after meeting with him over eggs, bacon and wheat toast, according to Ed Esposito of ABC’s Akron affiliate WAKR. She complained of fatigue and a tingling feeling when taken to the hospital, where she died about an hour after serving President Obama on the second day of his bus campaign through Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

“I’m sure this was her highlight,” Frankie Adkins, Harris’ sister, who lives in Tulsa, Okla., told the Akron Beacon Journal. “She loved Obama.”

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Wednesday
Aug172011

First Glimpse inside Obama's Armored Tour Bus

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- While media requests to get an inside look at the president’s new million-dollar armored bus have been denied, the White House on Wednesday gave the world a peak with a photo taken by official photographer, Pete Souza.

Several White House aides tell ABC News President Obama has been using the front seating area of the bus, two chairs and a sofa, as well as two other sections farther back in the bus which have four seat each.  

There are phones, several flat-screen TVs, an under-the-counter refrigerator, microwave, and apparently, a bathroom with marble countertops.

The "shell" of the bus was designed by Canadian coach manufacturer, Prevost.

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Tuesday
Aug162011

Obama Debuts New $1.1 Million Bus on Rural Tour

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- If the presidential limousine is known as "the beast," thanks to its heavy armor plating and other James Bondian extras, the new official tour bus could be called "the behemoth."

The Secret Service is trucking President Obama and his senior staff through the Midwest this week on an imposing jet-black coach, outfitted with top-notch security and communications equipment to keep its occupants safe.

The White House says the $1.1 million bus, and its accompanying motorcade of more than two dozen vehicles, allows the president to visit "real people in real places" that wouldn't otherwise be easily accessible. Obama began the three-day trip in Minnesota and ends in Illinois Wednesday.

Neither the Secret Service nor Hemphill Brothers Co., the Nashville, Tenn.-based company that built the bus, would comment on the "security additions" or what it's like inside as it rumbles along rural roads.

But a review of comparable custom coach designs on the Hemphill company website reveals the president is likely riding in comfort and style.

The bus manufacturer outfits its coaches with luxurious floor plans, some with leather sofas and seating areas, kitchen space, bunk beds with privacy curtains, a full-sized bed stateroom and even a bathroom with a granite shower.

The exterior of the government's custom coach has no presidential or campaign signage or identifiable markings. But it does have a public address system from which the president or a dignitary could address crowds as he or she rolls through town. So far, Obama hasn't tried it out.

The bus, one of two acquired by the Secret Service earlier this year, is government property and will be part of the "protective fleet" used by the Secret Service to transport any official, dignitary, presidential candidate or protectee, officials said.

The bus purchases were long overdue additions to the fleet because the agency was never satisfied with the old practice of renting buses and retrofitting them with added security, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told ABC News in April.

Should the Republican presidential nominee in 2012 want to hit the road, he or she will be able to campaign in one as well, he said.

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