Barack Obama Is Not Stopping Traffic for You

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Nov. 6 2008 1:55 PM

Barack Obama Is Not Stopping Traffic for You

Just because Barack Obama is president does not mean you can now violate traffic laws. From today’s Obama pool report:

Obama left his house at 11:27 am, and heading to a security briefing at the FBI building (Chicago division). The motorcade drove along Lakeshore Drive , and past Grant Park (where there were scores of construction workers still tearing down the scaffolding and staging from Tuesday night's rally.

Some of the drivers here in Chicago do not seem to understand that a) the Chicago police car at the end of the president-elect's motorcade is serious about having traffic pull over when the officers flash their lights and hit their sirens, and b) it's not a great idea to jump ahead of traffic by trying to cut around the black SUV filled with five heavily-armed secret service CAT members. When the motorcade pulled onto Van Buren, an African-American couple driving a tan sedan tried to drive around the motorcade. The SUV cut the car off immediately, and the security team aimed their weapons at the car. The driver and passenger in the sedan stopped, and looked stunned--until the male driver appeared to understand what was happening (your pool reporter could see him mouth "Obama"). The motorcade continued on. The sedan remained stopped, near the side of the road.

The president-elect arrived at the FBI building at 11:48 am.

Christopher Beam is a writer living in Beijing.

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