The story: As President Obama hopscotched across the Midwest this week declaring his plans to create American jobs, he's riding in "a taxpayer-financed luxury bus the government had custom built — in Canada," according to the New York Post, which labels Obama a "Canucklehead" for buying foreign products while Americans are struggling. The bus' manufacturer, Quebec-based Prevost, says the $1.1 million, top-of-the-line VIP H3-45 model is frequently used by traveling rock bands. The motorcoach, and another just like it, was purchased by the Secret Service, which added an extra-secure armored door and even installed the "football" that allows the president to remotely control nuclear weapons.
The reaction: What an "amateur mistake," says Gig Veres at Gather. Indeed, says Ed Morrissey at Hot Air. Buying Canadian "while promising to create jobs in the U.S. is the worst kind of optics imaginable... why not use a manufacturer based in the U.S.?" Actually, the Secret Service did buy the coaches from an American business — Hemphill Brothers Coach of Tennessee, say the editors of The Blaze. That firm installed the interior into the Prevost shell (accounting for half the cost of the coach, the Post concedes). This would be a "pretty good gotcha," says Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog, if it weren't for the fact that Republicans, including George W. Bush, Jeb Bush, and Michele Bachmann, have also used Prevost buses. "Why do they all hate America?"
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