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Obama’s Hollywood Event Snarls L.A. Traffic

By on 8.17.10 | 10:48AM

While I was in Los Angeles yesterday, I got a call from my friend Joe Fein, who told me he wouldn't be able to make it to an event featuring Pamela Geller, author of The Post-American Presidency, that he had hoped to attend.

"They've shut down Olympic Boulevard!" Joe said in outraged tones, explaining that the major east-west thoroughfare had been closed to allow President Obama's motorcade to proceed from Los Angeles International Airport to a fundraising dinner with Nancy Pelosi at the home of one of the president's liberal Hollywood friends.

Tens of thousands of Angelenos were caught in the massive gridlock caused by Obama's rush-hour motorcade, including journalist Hunter Walker who blogged it live:

I am coming to you live from the center of the worst traffic jam I have ever seen in my life. I've been trapped here for over three hours because President Obama and a group of Hollywood insiders are having a fancy fundraiser.
Someone apparently decided that Obama's $30,000-a-plate dinner at the house of "West Wing" producer John Wells necessitated shutting down most of the major east-west through streets in Los Angeles. . . .
If the President was unable to get to John Wells' house without causing this level of disruption, then perhaps he should have done his fundraising somewhere else . . .

Fortunately, my own route to LAX (where I caught the red-eye back to D.C.) was a north-south trip, not east-west, so I avoided the mess. Will irritated Los Angeles commuters remember this Obama-induced traffic nightmare for 11 weeks and hold Democrats accountable in November?

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