10. Locomotive: 1833

If you’re the president, you want to be seen with things that embody American ingenuity — the entrepreneurial spirit our country was founded on.

Abraham Lincoln, he was quick to embrace the locomotive — and he used it for presidential travel. The locomotive was powerful. It symbolized the future. Even today, there’s something timeless about the train.

Steam whistle sound.

It still resonates with us in the 21st century. Modern leaders still occasionally trains on “whistle stop tours”. President-Elect Obama and Vice President-Elect Biden did one before their inauguration in 2009.