WASHINGTON, D.C. — Top administration aides confirmed Monday that the official Presidential Bus (codenamed “Bluebird One”) suffered severe damage last week when it ran over Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
“So there we were, on the way back to the White House for the weekly fundraiser with Jay-Z, when there was this loud, like, WHUMP, followed by this inhuman screeching from the undercarriage,” said a White House Press Secretary who asked not to be named. “When we got back to the motor pool, wouldn’t you know it, there [Hagel] was, lodged up between the chassis and the muffler, and the drive train and transmission were all [damaged] up.”
The bus was returning to the White House from a congressional briefing regarding the prisoner exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Unnamed high-ranking officials had related to the panel that it was Hagel who made the final decision to exchange five top-level Taliban prisoners for the soldier, held captive since 2008.
Pressed for further details about who was driving at the time of the accident, the anonymous official declined to speculate.
“One thing is sure, though,” he did reluctantly confirm. “[Hagel] was definitely not wearing his reflective belt, eye and ear pro, and Army Values dog tag.”
White House motor pool maintenance personnel have had to completely rebuild much of the steering and transmission over the last several days, as well as replace all tires and mop up spilled Hypnotiq from around the driver’s seat.
“Sure it was bad last month after Bluebird One ran over Secretary Shinseki, but honestly, I haven’t seen damage this bad on the White House Bus since it ran over General McChrystal,” said one mechanic, who also spoke on condition of anonymity.