Monday, October 25, 2010

Hopper Ave.

Tried to get a glimpse of Obama tonight, as he was in my city. Had to settle for seeing the highway with no cars on it, cleared for his motorcade. We went to a spot where we could look down at the highway, and I videotaped the scene in both directions. As I was walking back to the car, I noticed an SUV nearby, and a guy next to it talking on a walkie-talkie. I didn't realize until then that I probably looked like a sniper! In fact, why did he just let me stand there pointing this object at the highway and then let me drive away?! Get your heads in the game, Secret Service!

Actually, it was probably just a cop. We saw one pulled over by a different highway overpass, and I saw them at several exits on 95 on my way home from work, and may roads on the East Side were closed off. It's crazy how entire sections of the country shut down when the Prez passes through. But it's pretty cool when you think about it--a few decades ago, black people would have to wait to do something until white people were finished. Now all these whiteys have to sit there stuck in traffic: "Sorry, have to wait! Black man who's way more powerful than you comin' through!" I love it.

Hey Jere. Back in April, as my family and I were heading home from Florida, we stopped to visit Washington DC. We were on 15th Avenue near the Washington Monument when Barack's motorcade appeared - preceded by about 15 cops on motorcycles - and zoomed right passed us.

I'm pretty sure I got a photo of the president's limo, but it may have been the decoy car instead. It was an amazing scene.
He was driving by just as I was leaving work and I saw him waving through his tinted window. So that was something.

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