A Request To Politicians Of All Stripes

Due to the various street closings related to the service at the WTC yesterday the pick-up point for my bus home got moved to the West Side Highway…right next to the WTC. Brilliant planning, I know. Anyhow, so we’re crowded down there waiting for our bus to show up when suddenly there’s a big hub-bub and an influx of black Suburbans (strictly hybrids, I’m sure) and I see Obama go by not 15 feet from me, followed by another Suburban or two then a large mini-bus loaded with disciplesmedia personnel. Of course all other traffic is at first stopped, then forced to move and run red lights by screaming cops. Not 5 minutes later here comes a far smaller number of Suburbans, fewer than half the number Obama had, and I see McCain go by the same few feet away, and then the group tottered off into the WTC site as you’ve all seen by now.
Now, I don’t have any problem with politicians making these appearances that they’re politically obligated to do, but for god’s sake I wish for once they wouldn’t do it around rush hour and completely screw up peoples’ commutes. I’d love to find the advisor who said “you know, 4 pm in Manhattan is a great time to shut down streets!”
I mean, I really hate to cut short Obama’s lunch with Clinton, but why couldn’t they have gone to the WTC at 1 pm?

4 Responses to “A Request To Politicians Of All Stripes”

  1. Skyler says:

    Well, to be fair, isn’t it better for politicians to be more visible to the little people? Shouldn’t they remind us more directly how important they are by getting within 15 feet of each of us with their bullet proof convoys of guards?

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    Hey, don’t get me wrong, after basking in such divine glory I may not, er, ever wash my eyes again!

  3. The_Real_JeffS says:

    Mr. Bingley, all I say is that I’ve never seen a Presidential convoy that took local traffic schedules into consideration.

  4. Kate P says:

    I’m just surprised your bus came. . . but then again, I’m in Philly.

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