**Written by Doug Powers
Wednesday night was the lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. President Obama’s people either forgot to check the City’s schedule or didn’t care, because they booked three fundraisers there for the same night.
Fortunately, it’s the holiday season, and the good cheer that was resonating around the Big Apple resulted in everybody taking the extra traffic snarls in stride:
“This really sucks, it’s aggravating,” griped Rob Bam, 49, who got jammed while trying to cross from Fifth to Sixth Avenue. “Keep the President out of the city.”
Obama’s ill-timed trip turned Midtown into a parking lot for hours, and ticked off New Yorkers simply looking to get around as the President glad-handed fat cats from the Upper East Side to the East Village to the Sheraton New York.
“Every time Obama comes to New York, it’s a nightmare,” said Tom Hall, 52, who was trying to get home to the Upper West Side from Midtown. “It probably wasn’t a good idea to have both of these events the same night.”
Obama touched down at JFK at 5:14 p.m., zooming into Manhattan for a three-stop fund-raising blitz that wreaked havoc on Midtown streets and bus routes while aggravating commuters.
“I’m totally screwed getting home,” fumed Celeste Gold, 30, a who was struggling to walk home to Hells Kitchen. “I’ll be directed the whole way by police.”
At Gotham Bar and Grill on East 12th St., fans of the President paid more than $35,000 for an exclusive sitdown. On the Upper East Side, the price was $10,000 a head.
I’d be more inclined to feel the pain of the frustrated area residents if they hadn’t overwhelmingly supported Obama in 2008 (where there was 80% support there will be return visits for coffer re-loading, tree lightings be damned). That said, maybe next time New Yorkers should request another low-level Air Force One fly-by instead and still promise to deliver the same $2.4 million campaign haul. It would save a good amount of ground traffic.
Lest we think the Occupiers were lost in the mass of humanity Wednesday night, at one Obama fundraiser, the crowds weren’t enough to keep away some dedicated protesters:
The OWS bunch were there to show Obama that they’re mad as hell and not going to take it anymore:
Organizer Ben Campbell says he’ll likely vote for Obama next year, but the movement has to call out Republicans and Democrats to be credible.
Voting for Obama again… that’ll teach him to fraternize with Wall Street!
**Written by Doug Powers
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