February 15th, 2009 in Breaking News

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Obama and the Beast coming to Ottawa

TheStar.com | Canada | Presidential limo coming with Obama to Ottawa.

OTTAWA – When the president and the beast come to town Thursday, the scene will be right out of a Hollywood movie.

There will be a specially made limo – “the beast” – black SUVs, rooftop police snipers, U.S. Secret Service agents talking into their sleeves and bomb-sniffing dogs working overtime.

Behind barricades, thousands of adoring fans will strain to get a glimpse of Barack Obama.

Homeowners and the few businesses along the Colonel By Dr. route, which runs parallel to the Rideau Canal, will be told they can’t open their doors or windows when the motorcade goes by. Unlike in the movies, the manhole covers won’t be welded shut.

“He is an international superstar and a head of state who will receive the highest level of security,” said a senior security source, who asked not to be identified.

Before Air Force One – a specially configured Boeing 747-200B – arrives in Ottawa, the air space will be closed. Restrictions will be in effect around the city, affecting aircraft movements in and around the Ottawa International Airport from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The airport will be closed from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and then again from 5:10 p.m. to 5:55 p.m., which hints at Obama’s arrival and departure times.