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President Obama's visit snarls traffic on L.A.'s Westside
Los Angeles Times ^ | Aug 24, 2010 | Robert J. Lopez

Posted on 08/16/2010 11:26:48 PM PDT by SmartInsight

Navigating rush-hour traffic on Los Angeles' Westside, which is never an easy task, was even worse in some areas Monday evening as streets were blocked off because of a visit by President Obama.

Obama arrived in Los Angeles for a fundraiser at the home of "ER" and "The West Wing" executive producer John Wells and his wife, Marilyn.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, also are expected to attend.

The Los Angeles Police Department said it had received a number of calls from people about the traffic but had not been given information on street closures from the Secret Service.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: bho44; california; elections; fundraising; hussein; lax; losangeles; obama; pelosi; soetoro
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Shows how much Obama cares about "the little people"-- the Secret Service should have informed and coordinated with the police in advance, but didn't.

Another amusing article about this -- amusing, because I bet many, if not most of the people inconvenienced by this were Obama voters:

Commuters, residents fume over traffic jam caused by Obama's visit

"One man, who did not want to give his name, said it had taken his wife four hours to drive home from Brentwood. Another man trying to walk west on 6th Street to his office shouted at the officers blocking his way and told them he wished he had voted for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Obama's opponent in the 2008 presidential race. "

1 posted on 08/16/2010 11:26:52 PM PDT by SmartInsight
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To: SmartInsight

‘Obama’s Security Team have Cleverly Surrounded him with a Wall of Gridlock’ & Other Tales from the Today’s Traffic Jam

http://laist.com/2010/08/16/obamas_arrival_causing_angelenos_tr.php?gallery0Pic=2

Anytime a President has arrived in Los Angeles, traffic has been inconvenienced. But today’s afternoon rush hour visit of Obama seems to have had a magic touch in that really unmagical way. Angelenos have been sharing their experiences from the road, some funny, some reeking of exasperation. Here are a just a few of their stories.


2 posted on 08/16/2010 11:29:22 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: SmartInsight

This jackass needs to stay put, at home, in CHICAGO!


3 posted on 08/16/2010 11:29:44 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: SmartInsight

It took my sister an hour to get home from her job and her job is usually a 5 minute drive. Traffic was absolutely insane here. I have never seen that much traffic on our street before, it was a parking lot, it was just as bad on Olympic all the way to Century City. He ruined a lot of people’s day, I bet he could care less


4 posted on 08/16/2010 11:30:27 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: SmartInsight
From article at link above:

I was literally barricaded in on a small, residential block for over an hour with at least fifty people for over an hour," he wrote. "Going through this gridlock is extra-painful because I know it is due to partisan fundraising rather than state business."

5 posted on 08/16/2010 11:31:02 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: SmartInsight

How in the name of Heaven can you “snarl” permanently snarled traffic?


6 posted on 08/16/2010 11:31:36 PM PDT by norge (The amiable dunce is back, wearing a skirt and high heels.)
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To: SmartInsight

WSith the new 2011 GMC Sierra HD, at least there won't be a carbon footprint...

7 posted on 08/16/2010 11:31:57 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I don't need a newspaper to know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber.)
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To: A CA Guy

pingarooski


8 posted on 08/16/2010 11:35:17 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a long tradition of tolerance." ~Hussein Obama, June 4, 2009, Cairo, Egypt)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Looks like his fans have also been disappointed:

Obama raises a quick $1 million — and some L.A. commuter ire

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-la-20100817,0,6969841.story

“I was an Obama supporter, but … was stopped by police from crossing Olympic to get home … during my daily dog walk,” Amy Christine said on the website. “I’ve lost all belief in his judgment. Can he really think he’s more important than the tens of thousands of people trying to get home to their families?”

Every action he takes shows that he has no consideration for anyone, except himself and Muslims.


9 posted on 08/16/2010 11:36:30 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: SmartInsight

Wilshire was even worse. I live near Wilshire and damn, never seen anything like it..for hours nonstop traffic on my street. I bet many of those people who were forced to wait for literally HOURS were Obama voters, wonder what they think of their messiah now


10 posted on 08/16/2010 11:39:03 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: SmartInsight

well now.............M(m)ichele fat ass can kiss my ass while his(so-called wife) wife eats a tub of icecream while watching everyones diet


11 posted on 08/16/2010 11:41:24 PM PDT by shadowcat
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To: SmartInsight

Hancock Park.


12 posted on 08/16/2010 11:49:45 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

This guy is certainly wearing out his welcome everywhere, it seems.


13 posted on 08/16/2010 11:54:26 PM PDT by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked." BHO)
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To: SmartInsight

. Another man trying to walk west on 6th Street to his office shouted at the officers blocking his way and told them he wished he had voted for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.),

...well. Too late dipsh&*!


14 posted on 08/16/2010 11:54:36 PM PDT by albie
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To: SmartInsight; LucyT; Las Vegas Ron; manc; little jeremiah

The comments are hilarious. They put that moocher in office, let them sit and traffic and eat cake.


15 posted on 08/16/2010 11:55:47 PM PDT by mojitojoe (When crisis becomes opportunity, crisis becomes the goal.)
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To: SmartInsight

Wait until in the morning when it happens all over again. BWAHAHAHAHA


16 posted on 08/16/2010 11:56:50 PM PDT by mojitojoe (When crisis becomes opportunity, crisis becomes the goal.)
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To: albie

Well, maybe these people will remember this in November and work to correct their mistakes.

Generic Ballot: Republican 48%, Democrat 36%

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/generic_congressional_ballot
Generic polls show Republicans way ahead of Dems.


17 posted on 08/16/2010 11:58:44 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: SmartInsight

In all fairness, all of these honchos, when they visit, tie up traffic and make a mess of entire cities. I remember once when Dick Cheney came to my town; what would have been a 20 minute trip across town took me an hour and 45 minutes...and I was in a cab to boot (kinda expensive). Streets were closed off which were nowhere near where Cheney was going or the route he was taking. It was a nightmare. Now, I liked George Bush and Dick Cheney, but that was one time I would have liked to have clobbered Cheney. If I had my druthers, the politicians would stay home.


18 posted on 08/17/2010 12:02:33 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: onyx

>This jackass needs to stay put, at home, in CHICAGO!<<

Or, more accurately, in his birth country of Kenya.


19 posted on 08/17/2010 12:02:36 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Either we have principles or we are just liberals following the winds a bit starboard...)
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To: SmartInsight

Clinton pulled the same $hit also here in LA. Pandercrats love to due this.


20 posted on 08/17/2010 12:05:26 AM PDT by Always Independent
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To: SmartInsight

Shame....all that carbon for one visit to do nothing.


21 posted on 08/17/2010 12:09:53 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: SmartInsight
They are our betters and we should bow before them.

It's their due.

They built ...., They designed ...., They went to ....., They discovered ....., They invented ......


What'd they do to achieve this superiority?
Tell me again
I forgot.

22 posted on 08/17/2010 12:16:31 AM PDT by Anvilhead (Dammit Jim, I'm an American not an American't.)
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To: scott7278

Yep, just read the comments at the LA Times Blog, and those are from people who voted for Obama. When Obama does something that affects their own lives, they think differently of him. He shut down the entire city and for what, to mingle with his elitist Hollywood buddies..He shut down the entire Westside, a few blocks I’d understand(For security purposes) but the ENTIRE freakin city was shut down because of him


23 posted on 08/17/2010 12:25:24 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: fatnotlazy
Streets were closed off which were nowhere near where Cheney was going or the route he was taking. It was a nightmare.

As I recall, GWB scheduled most of his visits to major metro areas outside of rush hours -- for this very reason.

GWB was very sensitive to the problems a president is capable of imposing on ordinary citizens.

Thn, of course, Bush didn't think of himself as royalty, either...

24 posted on 08/17/2010 12:26:04 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: norge
"How in the name of Heaven can you “snarl” permanently snarled traffic?"

If you had been here today, you would see that it can be done.

I live two miles from my job in Century City. I started to see signs of the closures when I reached Pico and Century Park East. By the time I approached Olympic and Beverly Drive and saw police cars with their lights turned on, I realized perhaps he hadn't left for the party yet, it was about 6:40.

I figured I'd wait there on Olympic to see him. The whole boulevard looking east, was closed off to traffic, with police cars blocking off all the residential streets bordering Olympic, with the twinkling lights of patrol cars decorating each corner. An officer told me I was wasting my time if I waited to see him, he'd already been through there. Even if he hadn't been through already, the motorcade could have take Wilshire and I'd miss it anyway - I listened to KFI and they said that street was closed off as well.

I took a chance that the officer was bluffing, he was being pretty cagey...so I stayed a while. Maybe fifteen minutes later, the police moved to close off Beverly Drive at Olympic and on the loud speakers ordered the existing southbound traffic at that signal to do a u-turn and get out of there. It was eerie to see the street closed off as far east as I could see; it was sooo quiet.

I knew there was still the chance they would pick this street and not Wilshire. People started to gather on the sidewalk.

Not long after, we were not allowed to even walk across Olympic. "Wasting my time, eh?" I wondered.

To amuse myself and look for info while I waited, I went to Twitter and searched the keyword "obama". I figured I'd have to wade through many cheerleading tweets but I was wrong. There were mostly complaints about his position regarding the GZ mosque and...complaints about the traffic caused by his visit. There were a LOT of those. I wanted to continue my walk home, but by that time we couldn't cross the street if we wanted to.

After being there maybe 45 minutes or so, the nearby officer whose responses to my questions had been so vague walked up to me and said, "They're coming." and pointed to the opposite direction that we all had been looking. They weren't fibbing when they said he'd passed through once already; he was coming back from the party and I was on the wrong friggin' side of the street! He's on East Coast time - went to the party at like, 5:00! There was a tiny string of lights waaaay off in the distance so I trained my iPhone camera in that direction. It was dark by that time and it was hard to make out details in this looooong string of vehicles. I heard the flapping of what sounded like the flags that normally adorn the President's car.

I mentioned to the police officer, "Was he in an SUV? It just didn't seem like the usual limo that went by."(I was looking though a cell phone screen so I couldn't tell) He said, "How do you know he was even in one of those cars?" Lol, true. And when it was unleashed, that was quite a traffic snarl that ensued. I'm glad I was on foot.

25 posted on 08/17/2010 12:29:30 AM PDT by Floratina
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To: Floratina

This event was held in Hancock Park right?? I dont understand why our traffic was shut down. I have never seen anything like it. My brother came around 7 to our house and he had to park on Robertson/Gregory Way and just leave the car there and walked to our house. There were helicopters over our house for hours, and for what, Obama wasn’t even here. I heard it was bad in Brentwood and in Century City and I dont understand why. Now I know that with every “important” figure that comes to visit they need security, but this was pure insanity. Ive never seen so many cars on my street in my life. All beeping each other for what, they werent going anywhere. It was absolutely crazy


26 posted on 08/17/2010 12:33:13 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: SmartInsight

I’ve been woolgathering, my apologies...

You know, a tactical nuke, well place, will take care of that traffic snarl...


27 posted on 08/17/2010 12:41:13 AM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nan, that pic just MUST be in “The ‘Nam”.... (conical straw farm hat, Vietnamese script, probably raining like hell)....


28 posted on 08/17/2010 12:51:56 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Donating to FREE REPUBLIC will allow you to "freep" with a clear conscience...)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

The American people are gracious and tolerant, and will accept an inconvenience when it comes to a president faithfully executing his duties.

What he is doing is not from duty, it is not honorable, and it is political, not executive, in nature. That is where people get mad.


29 posted on 08/17/2010 1:01:04 AM PDT by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked." BHO)
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To: okie01
As I recall, GWB scheduled most of his visits to major metro areas outside of rush hours -- for this very reason.

I have been delayed exactly twice by Presidential motorcades in Los Angeles. The first was Ronald Reagan's, and the second was George W Bush's.

What's interesting in light of all these comments, is that on both occasions, I don't think I had to wait more than a few minutes. I well recall Reagan's motorcade screaming by at high speed. It was as though they were in a hurry to get out of our way.

30 posted on 08/17/2010 1:33:50 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: scott7278

The traffic snarls will get worse as zero declines in popularity and the FBI detects more anger through their textual mining of the internet traffic.


31 posted on 08/17/2010 2:41:35 AM PDT by oblomov
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To: scott7278

What? Going to a Hollywood party before going on another vacation might make people mad?


32 posted on 08/17/2010 2:43:31 AM PDT by oblomov
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To: oblomov

Yeah, especially when they’re trying to get home from actual work!


33 posted on 08/17/2010 2:46:00 AM PDT by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked." BHO)
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To: scott7278

What do you mean? I'm the adorable little black boy in the front row of the Jell-o commercial! Nobody ever criticizes me!

34 posted on 08/17/2010 2:59:31 AM PDT by oblomov
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To: SmartInsight
It doesn't take much to snarl traffic in L.A.

But hey, don't most people there worship The One?

In that case, snarled traffic should just be a minor inconvenience that they should rejoice at suffering in order to have The One in their midst.

35 posted on 08/17/2010 3:07:02 AM PDT by Allegra (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

They ARE Obama voters — the whole westside is ultra liberal. HA HA to them, but sorry about the delays for the miniscule numbers of NON-Obama voters in the area.

If the economy were not so bad I’d possibly have been in that crowd on the streets. Not all those ‘commuters’ are coming from work, though. Since the SHTF economically almost two years ago, and jobs disappeared, streets seem MORE clogged with traffic than when more people were gainfully employed.

Sure hope some of those Zero voters were good and mad today — hope it holds...


36 posted on 08/17/2010 3:11:58 AM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: Always Independent

RE: “Clinton pulled the same $hit also here in LA. Pandercrats love to due this”

*****************

Was that the time he got the expensive haircut and made the plane late for departure back to D.C.? Wish I could recall the name of the guy who cut his hair................famous in L.A.


37 posted on 08/17/2010 3:13:34 AM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: SmartInsight

Does this jackass ever spent any time at the office?

He is constantly fliting about campaigning.


38 posted on 08/17/2010 3:26:12 AM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: SmartInsight

My goodness, the commenter’s at the blog are fit to be tied!

Ah well.

By the weekend they will all be in awe of Obama eating ice cream with MO and Sasha in Marthas Vinyard.

Seems Malia is the only one in the family with any sense.


39 posted on 08/17/2010 3:50:47 AM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: mylife
“He is constantly fliting about campaigning.”.. and vacationing.

Thank god, it limits his FUs. Imagine how screwed up the country would be if he “worked” full time. Think of his personal executive decisions...Gates and Policeman in Cambridge....The Mosque near the WTC site...terrorist trial to be done in NYC...nine months to meet with American general in command of Afghanistan...vacation,vacation...golf, golf...marriage to Michelle etc etc

40 posted on 08/17/2010 3:56:35 AM PDT by BilLies (no)
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To: SmartInsight

Love the comments!

“absolutely abysmal. No warning, streets shut down. My daughter has spent 2 hrs. getting from Century City to Miracle Mile. Exhausted and angry, and almost out of gas. For an ##ing fundraiser? For those that are pointing fingers: Bush was here in Bel Air for a fundraiser, and traffic was shut down, without warning, for 3 miles in a circle. Ridiculous. The secret service and the City of LA should get their stuff together when some head of state heads here. there is no excuse for this, and the democratic party and John Wells should be apologizing.

Posted by: wdc | August 16, 2010 at 08:32 PM”

Get a VOLT wdc! Then you wont need gas!
How’s that hope and change working out for ya?


41 posted on 08/17/2010 4:16:57 AM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: BilLies

This is a “learning moment”


42 posted on 08/17/2010 4:18:15 AM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: okie01

The trouble here is that we have very narrow streets. Much of the time there is construction going on and there are few, if any, alternative routes. This is an old city, built before the horse and buggy era, but the streets have never been modernized to accommodate modern-day traffic.

So every little thing that goes on causes a major tie-up. The whole city is in gridlock.

Agaiin, since our local politicians won’t modernize, I would rather the rich and famous stay home.


43 posted on 08/17/2010 7:49:42 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: South40

yep.


44 posted on 08/17/2010 8:08:12 AM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: mojitojoe
LOL, did you see this one:

Stop complaining! Where were all of you during the 8 years of roadblocks from Bush. He caused traffic even when he wasnt there. So, next time have a better STRATEGERY!

Posted by: charles | August 16, 2010 at 08:18 PM

Poor bammie, he can't even release a photo op picture without creating a controversy...what a dweeb!

45 posted on 08/17/2010 8:14:39 AM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (People I know have papers for their mongrels.)
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To: norge

It doesn’t take much to compound that existing problem. The slightest hiccup in the flow causes major headaches.

In my experiences driving down there (which I try to avoid as much as possible), traffic in the LA basin runs on a razor’s edge between efficiency and inefficiency. Most often, it’s the latter.

Since it appears that freeways AND surface streets were closed down or restricted, there weren’t many, if any options left for commuters to avoid the delays.


46 posted on 08/17/2010 8:30:57 AM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: CaliforniaCon

One of the many times in LA.


47 posted on 08/17/2010 9:20:51 AM PDT by Always Independent
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To: SmartInsight
Cost our area easily 50 million for Democrats to pocket 1 million in an elitist fundraiser.

Several million in cops, protection and blockades.
Several millions of gallons of gas wasted waiting with the AC on in the car for Obama shake hands.

The greatest devastation of all was all the businesses who went dead that night for many surrounding miles. Combined they lost many tens if not a couple of hundred million dollars in business.

Our communications were knocked out for a time, and as ZERO passed 80 MPG on Olympic, you could also see this vehicle with a large silver cone that probably blocked cell phones and other devices from being capable of blowing up any planned bombs near Obama.
There were all kinds of FBI jogging around, and all kinds of people with satchels of who-knows-what.

All that money lost to the local area so Democrats and Obama could make a single million.
Typical of Democrats. Made a million and lost well over 50 million doing it.

Had to love the President in the paper talking about carbon footprints as he left tens of thousands idling in cars for hours.

The Emperor had no clothes.

48 posted on 08/17/2010 12:33:35 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
...Now I know that with every “important” figure that comes to visit they need security, but this was pure insanity. Ive never seen so many cars on my street in my life. All beeping each other for what, they werent going anywhere. It was absolutely crazy

I've been in town three times when Clinton came to speak when he was President - once at a large business, once at a University, and once when I worked on Wilshire. It was NEVER like this.

49 posted on 08/17/2010 2:00:14 PM PDT by SCalGal (Friends don't let friends donate to H$U$ or PETA.)
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To: SmartInsight

Yeah, you got it. This is another illustration of how dumb obama voters are. Funny to see the westside liberals whining about their traffic jam commute when it’s caused by their idol, the abomination they have foisted on the rest of us.

I planned my day to work around it. There was enough advance info to do so.


50 posted on 08/17/2010 2:41:11 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (islam is as islam does: http://blockthemosque.com/)
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