The modern presidential limousine is known as "The Beast." “Trying to compare the car that President Kennedy was in in 1963 to 'The Beast,' it would be like comparing a Conestoga wagon to a spaceship,” said W. Ralph Basham, who was director of the Secret Service from 2003 to 2006 and, before that, a Secret Service agent for 28 years. He currently works at Command Consulting Group.
Command Group Principal W. Ralph Basham discusses the evolution of the Secret Service in a Washington Post Interactive, "A moment that changed everything"
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