A luxury bus being used this week by U.S. President Barack Obama and built in part by a Quebec-based firm is causing quite a stir.
One prominent tabloid has chastised the president for using Canadian-made transportation during his economic recovery tour.
A New York Post piece on the bus ran with the headline: Canucklehead Obama bus-ted!
Canadian company Prevost says it is aware of reports but the company is keeping mum on the affair. Steve Ziegler, the director of business dev- elopment for Prevost, says the company only designed the outer shell of the luxury bus.
The interior was mainly done by a company in Tennessee and the U.S. Secret Service — which ordered the bus — put in a few finishing touches.
The Post reports that the vehicle is modified to carry all the president’s equipment, including codes to the U.S. nuclear arsenal. But the Quebec-based bus-maker doesn’t have anything to do with things like the so-called nuclear footballs.