U.S. Secret Service gets 2 new buses ahead of Obama tour.

Image: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images The U.S. Secret Service has two…

Image: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. Secret Service has two new buses in its fleet for President Obama to use on his three-day, three-state Midwestern bus trip that kicked off Monday.

CBS News has learned the buses were purchased in recent months at a cost of just under $1.1-million each and will serve as part of the fleet of vehicles the Service uses for all of its protectees.

In the past, the Secret Service would lease buses as needed and outfit them with the security and communications equipment.

“We have not been satisfied with the level of protection offered by leased buses,” said a Secret Service official.

Last year, the Secret Service placed an order for two buses with the Hemphill Brothers Coach Company of Whites Creek, Tennessee at a combined cost of $2,191,960.

The buses have lavish interiors and are usually leased to transport stars of the entertainment industry.

Source: Mark Knoller for CBS News.

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  • EGS

    these are the ones made in Canada, right?