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Obama’s LA visit creates traffic nightmare




US President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One upon his arrival at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, on August 16, 2010.
US President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One upon his arrival at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, on August 16, 2010.
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President Barack Obama’s motorcade took just 10 minutes to make the drive from LAX to a fundraiser in Hancock Park yesterday afternoon. This miracle of Los Angeles traffic left thousands of motorists and pedestrians stranded as the secret service closed streets around the city, raising the ire of many Angelenos. The gridlock lasted into the evening, prompting some residents to call for an investigation because the visit was for a fundraising event and not state business. Were you stranded on the streets of LA during yesterday’s visit by Obama? Is the inconvenience of being stuck in traffic worth the security of the Commander in Chief?

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Jim Tankersley, reporter with the LA Times Washington Bureau, covering the President's trip