Friday, July 24, 2009

What’s With The Motorcade Mr. President??

no traffic jamI am (at least in my mind) a Chicagoan, since I have spent nearly twenty years of my life in the Windy City.  This city has many very positive attributes, but one painful aspect of life in Chi-town is traffic.

Yesterday, those Chicagoans (myself included) unfortunate enough to be present on the Kennedy Expressway during rush hour endured one of those ugly traffic days.  Realistically, those of us choosing to travel by automobile accept the inevitable traffic challenges that accompany living here.  But yesterday was different… this traffic jam was caused by the arrival of President Obama, in our fair city.  His trip downtown featured a theatrical, but ridiculously overstated procession traveling down the expressway, during rush hour.

For the record I am an Obama fan, and think our newest President is doing a pretty reasonable job with the tasks before him.  What “grinds my gears” is enduring a miserable commuting experience due to a logistical nightmare created by an unnecessary Presidential Motorcade prancing from the airport to downtown Chicago (Lincoln Park) at the worst possible time of the day.

Folks, I readily admit I am not a security expert by any means.  I am not employed by the Secret Service, FBI or CTU (aka Jack Bauer).  But C’mon…. was this really necessary??  Would it not have been more convenient, less expensive, and equally secure to Load Mr Obama into one of our fine “Blackhawk” Military Helicopters and make the quick trip to Lincoln Park without incident???

According to opinion polls most of us appreciate our President, but on any given day I personally would prefer a 20-30 minute commute  home, Rush Hourrather than cope with a 1 1/2 hour crawl down the Kennedy Expressway all in the name of Presidential Hoopla!

Question:  What do you think about our Governments choice of transportation for these types of situations?  I would love to hear your opinion.. all secret agents, FBI agents and Secret Service folks are welcome to respond… in fact I would love to hear from our President on this one!

He is, after all, one of my Twitter Followers.

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