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Obama to L.A.: Don’t Move!

We don’t have snowstorms but we have traffic jams: I suppose there is no way President Obama can lose California in 2012. But he’s giving it a shot tomorrow–attending two fundraisers that, with the usual level of presidential security, promise to immobilize the West Side of Los Angeles during evening rush hour. … P.S.: Some enterprising journalist should tote up the cost of the visit, in terms of lost work hours and productivity, and greenhouse gases emitted by motorists stuck in traffic, and compare it with the amount of money Obama raised. I bet the ratio is more than100 to 1.** … It became evident when George W. Bush visited a few years ago that presidential travel to West Los Angeles is akin to a small natural disaster. It doesn’t take much to cause the area’s strained highway system to tip into paralysis. It’s not like the 1960s, or 1980s. And it’s not like tooling around Washington, D.C. …

** Update: As several commenters note, it would be more efficient for Obama to just threaten to come to Los Angeles and have the city pay him to stay home.  He gets more cash. We get to go to work. Win/win. …

Update 2: L.A. officials have announced mitigation measures, which appear to consist mainly of asking people to stay home.  Well, that makes it easier for Obama. And that might be fine if this were an official visit necessary for him to do his duties as president. But today everybody’s supposed to stay home to make it easier for him to raise money for his campaign. … It’s almost like a mandatory dues checkoff! [Sorry. The Kochs made me say that.]

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  • truebearing

    Obama likes to go to California, where he can get money recycled from his stimulus scam, hobnob with Hollywood idiots that make even him feel smart, and see just what Progressivism can do to destroy prosperity.

    Obama gets a lift by visiting California because reminds him of the hopeful message Sinatra sang about in New York, New York…. if the left can ruin it there, they’ll ruin it everywhere…It’s up to you CA to fail.

  • primeny

    If traffic jams are so important to Mr. Crabtree, he wouldn’t have become a Democrat after the 2004 Republican Convention.

    • DaveCrabtree

      Ah, but that was in August, Mr. Primeny. Many of us New Yorker head for the beach in August, so the 2004 convention didn’t inconvenience me at all. Besides, Kerry and/or Edwards were in New York during the fall more than the four days that the Republicans were here, so at worst 2004 was a wash. Any other year, though, no contest.

  • DaveCrabtree

    I live in New York, and presidential traffic snarls are the reason I’m a Republican. Democratic presidents come to New York all the time (Clinton was a particularly frequent visitor) and make getting around town impossible for hours. Regardless of whatever else he did or didn’t do, at least Bush came to NY rarely, and for that reason he’s okay in my book.

  • osweet

    The president will no doubt be wondering why we can’t have high-speed rail from LAX to Brentwood and Beverly Hills.

  • caseym54

    Perhaps he could make more money by asking motorists for donations if he doesn’t come.

    • Bill Woods

      “Nice little neighborhood you’ve got there. Be a shame if something were to … happen to it. (I’m just sayin’.)”

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