September 30, 2010
I have been in the D.C. area for about 21 months now. In that time, I have seen a few motorcades. Not a lot mind you, but a few. We saw one blast through D.C. right in front of the Washington Monument. That one was pretty big and kind of cool, since it was right in the heart of the capitol. And a week or so ago, I saw…what I think was…the Houston Texans football team being escorted back to the airport after playing the Redskins.
But today I saw my most interesting motorcade to date. They go by me, and then I catch up again and pass them. There are some things that need to be noted here. First, it is raining. And pretty steady I must say. Second, in each of the actual police cars was a passenger wearing the official G-Man suit and tie. Third, the SUV is loaded with riders at every window…with the windows down (again, it is raining) and the two rear passengers practically hanging out the window.
Each of the “civilian” cars have been outfitted with alternating, flashing lights. So, they look like normal cars until the flashers are activated. The SUV stays close to the Cadillac, so I assume that the protectee is in that Caddy. This group is in the dedicated Dulles Airport lane that goes directly into the airport. No cars are passing them and they end up with quite a queue behind them.
So, my curiosity is peaked. Who is this? Why have such attentive guards? They are constantly scanning the road and cars around them while hanging out the windows like dogs on a joy ride. Again…in the rain!