obama rama

i love it when presidents come to town – as long as i don’t have to travel anywhere, of course.  the city closes off all the streets, moves all the trash cans from every corner, stations 6 cops on every single corner and set up blockades all along the route – the pomp & circumstance is fabulous.  first the test cars come through – usually a couple of black escalades, then a few nypd cars, a couple of motorcycle cops and maybe even some kind of completely non-descript taurus or something.  that’s when you know he’ll be arriving within 20 minutes or so.

motorcycle cops lead the motorcade.  lots of them – followed by a slew of escalades with security men peering out of every window, then the presidential limos  – 2 of them.  apparently that’s to fool possible assassins – seems a bit silly to me but luckily i’m not in charge.  after a bunch more escalades, cop cars, ambulances and some more cops on motorcycles – and then it’s over.  obama was escorted all the way to daniels for dinner.    here he is driving right past my apartment last night.

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obama did wave to the crowd which left me wondering about the 2 limo fool -the- people  strategy.   i hope he ordered the crab cakes.

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“Life is a brief, small, and transitory phenomenon in an obscure corner, not at all the sort of thing that one would make a fuss about if one were not personally concerned”
 Bertrand Russell 

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