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Obama Wines & Dines While Angelenos Suffer in Traffic*

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:37 pm - August 17, 2010.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites,LA Stories

So, yesterday, Obama was hobnobbing with the Hollywood elite, hauling in gobs of dough for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Angelenos suffered as the city closed streets to accommodate the Democrat:

“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?”

Emphasis added.  There’s so much to the emphasized line — almost as if it is a defining statement of the Obama era.

The massive traffic jam that resulted from President Obama’s motorcade and speech Monday night in Hancock Park is prompting calls for an investigation from some residents, who say they were caught in traffic for hours.”  Kind of a symbol for the divide in American politics today between the governing class and their allies among the superrich and the American people.

While people in positions of power (particularly political power) support the president, those who toil in the private sector (or wish they did), increasingly oppose his agenda.


*Caused by his presence.

UPDATE: Glenn has a good roundup on Obama’s assistance in aggravating LA traffic.



  1. It’s so sad that all those Los Angelenos are sooo racist! Heh! The people stuck in that traffic overwhelmingly voted for this elitest, narcissistic jerk. Being trapped helpless in their cars for hours after foisting Obama on America for 4 years is what I call CARMA, bitches!

    Comment by runningrn — August 17, 2010 @ 12:43 pm - August 17, 2010

  2. “What a spectacular evening,” Obama said. “Let’s just hang out.”


    Comment by Eric in Chicago — August 17, 2010 @ 12:51 pm - August 17, 2010

  3. I live in one of the more liberal parts of the country and over the last several months I’ve seen one (1) Obama sticker; in 2008 they were sprouting like mushrooms.

    A little Obamarama ditty I wrote a couple of months ago you may enjoy:

    Comment by Blair Ivey — August 17, 2010 @ 12:55 pm - August 17, 2010

  4. Obama goes to pal around with adoring celebrities in a plush estate. George W. Bush goes to the airport to greet returning soldiers. Contrast much?

    Comment by V the K — August 17, 2010 @ 1:06 pm - August 17, 2010

  5. Of course he thinks he is more important that ordinary citizens. He is the president of the United States and has no regard for the working people

    Comment by PatriotMom — August 17, 2010 @ 1:53 pm - August 17, 2010

  6. To further stick it to us poor saps in the city, his motorcade had to take him and to and from the helicopter during the height of rush hour – both times!

    Comment by Chris H — August 17, 2010 @ 2:04 pm - August 17, 2010

  7. It’s appalling how heavy the security detail is around the President…and the Imperial Family…when they travel in public these days. The arrogance of the official entourage is mind-numbing, and their abuse of Federal Supremacy and “national security” is totally out-of-hand.

    – Adolf Hitler moved around Germany and occupied-Europe at the height of the war with just two or three cars and a small security detail.
    – Pres. Truman walked the streets of Washington with just two plain-clothed Secret Service agents on a regular basis.

    Comment by Ted B. — August 17, 2010 @ 2:14 pm - August 17, 2010

  8. Eh. The same thing happened when former Presidents visited my town.

    Comment by Michelle Zhang — August 17, 2010 @ 2:21 pm - August 17, 2010

  9. When Truman was vice president, he once stopped in Salt Lake City on official business, and at the conclusion of his business, hopped a ride to the airport with a local businessman. The Imperial Presidency has gotten way out of hand since then.

    Comment by V the K — August 17, 2010 @ 2:58 pm - August 17, 2010

  10. Am I the only one who’s not outraged by this? I’m sure Bush traveled with a large entourage and they would stop traffic wherever he went. Plus it’s the Secret Service that decides on security, not the President himself.

    Comment by Chris — August 17, 2010 @ 3:14 pm - August 17, 2010

  11. Never have I been so happy to live on the other side of the 605 freeway.

    Comment by Wesley M. — August 17, 2010 @ 3:26 pm - August 17, 2010

  12. @ Chris

    That’s exactly what happened when President Bush came to my town. Huge entourage.

    Comment by Michelle Zhang — August 17, 2010 @ 3:41 pm - August 17, 2010

  13. The Secret Service answer to the Treasury Secy. who answers to the President…

    The defenders of the Imperial Presidency of the Left or the Right always cling to the mantra that “…It’s the Federal law” that mandates the every expanding security perimeter and heavy-handedness. Just look at the fuss the Obama defenders made over Mrs. Obama’s “trip” to Spain and the size of that entourage…and the expense. And the irony is that security experts all agree that all the planning and security perimeters in the World will not stop a dedicated professional assassin…it’s just the blundering amateurs that they (try to) stop. It’s mostly for show anyway…remember the Salahis was walking into the State Dinner for the India PM? Like the elaborate post 9-11 airport security…it just serves to irritate and inconvenience the law-abiding.

    Like any self-replicating and unaccountable Federal civil service entity…the Secret Service will expand into as much space as it can get away with…and then complain they are underfunded and under-staffed. Thus feeding the endless Federal Appropriations feed-back loop.

    Comment by Ted B. — August 17, 2010 @ 3:54 pm - August 17, 2010

  14. Chris –

    I’ve covered traffic for 12 years in Los Angeles and I have never a presidential visit cause this havoc. When Bush came to town, it would not doubt tie up traffic. However, whatever they did yesterday managed to literally paralyze the city.

    The issue was probably the location. Because he had to travel so far east to Hancock Park, it affected more of the city than normal. However, because we don’t have information on what exactly they shut down and where (just eyewitness reports) it’s difficult to determine.

    It’s really too bad the event wasn’t held somewhere near the airport. The guests don’t require traffic to be blocked and could have made it to the location easily without disrupting the poor working stiffs in the city.

    Comment by Chris H — August 17, 2010 @ 5:41 pm - August 17, 2010

  15. It’s not Barry’s fault that so much security is required. You would think that the Secret Service and the LAPD would try to figure out a better way to handle Royal visits, though. LA is always one fender-bender away from countywide gridlock.

    I remember reading somewhere that Truman had to borrow money after he left office (as his income was a small military pension) until he got his book published.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — August 17, 2010 @ 6:23 pm - August 17, 2010

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  17. Obamas an elitist and his travels prove it. What saps the traditional liberal Democrats are to think Barack cares at all for any of them. Next week he and his family are off to vacation with their real friends the rich residents of liberal Marthas Vineyard. Chumps.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — August 17, 2010 @ 7:03 pm - August 17, 2010

  18. Ted & Chris H- Thanks for your input. I’m distrustful of all politicians, and I just doubt this would be much different under, say, McCain. Additional security (especially so visible as an entourage and shutting down a city) just seems like too much of a political liability if it’s not strictly necessary. I lived in Manhattan near the UN when Bush visited, and it was a complete mess- it was impossible to get around that day. I guess that’s just the way it is these days…

    Comment by Chris — August 17, 2010 @ 7:11 pm - August 17, 2010

  19. I’m sure Bush traveled with a large entourage and they would stop traffic wherever he went.

    I read somewhere, once, that Bush wanted the least impact as possible on traffic. I know when my brother saw him at The Citadel, he flew from the ANG portion of CHS to the parade deck by helicopter and USSS drove the Suburbans and the ambulance in. When he came to Tampa, once, for the speech at the Yankees training facility, they stayed on the airport roads as much as possible.

    I know once when HW Bush came to Mississippi, they landed at JAN ANG and flew by helicopter everywhere.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — August 17, 2010 @ 7:35 pm - August 17, 2010

  20. BTW, wasn’t there something about liberals attacking Bush’s motorcade?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — August 17, 2010 @ 7:36 pm - August 17, 2010

  21. Obama messed up NYC too on his visit. Imagine a crowd behind police barricades unable to cross 55th street at 1st from 530 pm to 7PM on a worknight. And no sign of the motorcade. It sure got big and loud.

    Comment by Aunt Ralph — August 17, 2010 @ 9:40 pm - August 17, 2010

  22. Ah, nice to see the Dear Leader’s trolls whining about how their rush hour was made a mess by his visit. BOO! HOO! Please, have some cheese with that whine trolls!

    Comment by Mark J. Goluskin — August 17, 2010 @ 11:12 pm - August 17, 2010

  23. Ungrateful wretched rabble. Your King visits your pathetic peasant enclave and this is the way you treat him? You don’t deserve a Ruler so Great.

    Comment by bethesdabrat — August 18, 2010 @ 5:14 pm - August 18, 2010

  24. Doesn’t this man have a helicopter? Seriously! It is much cheaper to move the President around such a sprawl of a city like Los Angeles than stationing hundreds of officers all over the place, probably on overtime, to close off traffic. Totally stupid, but certainly more an LAPD issue.. I doubt the President is choosing his route to party… i mean work.

    Comment by MarcosD — August 19, 2010 @ 7:27 pm - August 19, 2010

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