Obama's helicopter grounded by sandstorm in Israel

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com  |  March 22, 2013 at 2:36 PM
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Barack Obama had to forgo his helicopter ride to the Palestinian-run Bethlehem when a nasty sandstorm got in the way, Haaretz reported Friday.

Though the day started off with clear skies and a heat wave, severe winds and a sandstorm swept through Jerusalem and Bethlehem, grounding the president's planned helicopter ride and forcing his entourage to opt for a motorcade through the streets of Jerusalem.

The New York Post reported that the motorcade "barely moved" at certain points along the journey.

The weather-related interruption comes just two days after the presidential limousine, known as "The Beast," broke down when someone accidentally filled it with diesel instead of gasoline.

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