Seeing the Presidential motorcade is pretty exciting, especially when you can see the whole thing from the comfort of your balcony.
Preparation for the route begins weeks in advance and rarely deviates. Many of the routes from the presidential candidates including Obama would go to Dignitaries-ready venues such as the Fontainebleau, Intercontinental Downtown and the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. So usually using the SR112 and the Julia Tuttle Causeway.
The Presidential motorcade includes two, identical, state-of-the-art, custom limos with 8 inch wide doors, seats 7, bullet proof windows able to withstand a chemical attack, and run flat tires. The car also boasts rocket-propelled grenades, night vision optics, a tear gas cannon, on-board oxygen tanks, an armored fuel tank, which runs on diesel, filled with foam to prevent explosion, pump-action shotguns, and bottles of the president's blood type.
The limos called The Beast are delivered by cargo carrier planes to his destination. The motorcade includes 3 local police in the front (route, pilot and lead), two identical presidential limos that change positions throughout the route, then a Secret Service truck, two other truck that carry essential military personnel, president's doctor, another truck with an counter assault team, another truck for counter intelligence team, then a truck able to detect chemical, biological and radioactive threats, two press vans, a WH communications van which makes sure President has secure lines and an ambulance.
Pretty impressive considering all this to attend a $15,000 a plate fundraising dinner on Miami Beach.