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Friday, October 22, 2010

President Obama at USC Alumni Park Today

President Obama will be spending today in Los Angeles starting with an event for Barbara Boxer and then a DNC rally at USC's Alumni Park.  Live musical performance by LA's Ozomatli. Gates open at 10am, the event begins at noon, and the President is scheduled to address what is anticipated to be a large crowd around 1:55pm. Street closures and traffic delays are expected. If you are planning on attending, arrive early! Neon Tommy covers it live.


The President departs San Francisco, California en route Los Angeles, California
Local Event Time: 10:15 AM PDT
Location: San Francisco International Airport

The President arrives in Los Angeles, California
Local Event Time: 11:20 AM PDT
Location: Los Angeles International Airport

The President delivers remarks at an event for Senator Boxer
Local Event Time: 12:45 PM PDT
Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center, University of Southern California

The President delivers remarks at a DNC rally
Local Event Time: 1:55 PM PDT
Location: Alumni Park, University of Southern California

The President departs Los Angeles, California en route Glendale, California
Local Event Time: 2:50 PM PDT

The President tapes an interview for the Piolin Show
Local Event Time: 3:25 PM PDT
Location: California, Glendale, Piolin Productions Studio

The President departs Glendale, California en route Los Angeles, California
Local Event Time: 4:05 PM PDT

The President departs Los Angeles, California en route Las Vegas, Nevada
Local Event Time: 4:30 PM PDT
Location: Los Angeles International Airport

The President arrives in Las Vegas, Nevada
Local Event Time: 5:30 PM PDT
Location: McCarran International Airport

The President delivers remarks at a DNC rally
Local Event Time: 6:10 PM PDT
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, Orr Middle School Park

The President attends a dinner for Senator Reid
Local Event Time: 7:45 PM PDT
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, Private Residence

What: Moving America Forward Rally with
    President Barack Obama
    Jamie Foxx and

    Where: University of Southern California
    Alumni Park
    Enter from Trousdale Parkway, south of W. 34th St.
    Los Angeles, CA 90007

    When: Friday, October 22nd
    Doors open: 10:00 a.m.
    Program begins: 12:15 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.  Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Use of public transportation is encouraged. Public parking will be at the Parking Center and Parking Structure 1 (PS1). Parking is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For security reasons, please avoid bringing bags to the rally if at all possible -- you should expect airport-like security. No signs, banners, or laptops are permitted.



Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, Obama is coming back to apologize to everyone whose commute he totally fucked up last time in order to go to a fundraiser.

October 22, 2010 4:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why haven't you posted anything about the firing of Juan Williams from NPR?

It was only the #1 story in virtually every media outlet yesterday.


October 22, 2010 4:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I wonder what Obama thinks he can accomplish in Vegas with Nevada having the #1 bankruptcy rate and the #1 unemployment rate in the nation. It's even worse than Michigan.

October 22, 2010 4:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"We're a bunch of wusses."

- Democratic Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, referring to his fellow Democrats.


October 22, 2010 4:49 AM  

Anonymous Retired LAUSD said:

Brand New Gallup Poll

"October 21, 2010


October 22, 2010 5:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Reid is going to need Obama. He claimed that he (Reid) "saved the world from a depression."


The closer we get to election day, the greater the paranoia from the incumbents.

October 22, 2010 5:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Today will be a great day for all Californians to show their support for our President. Whether you voted for Barack or not, he is your President, and needs to see a sea of faces (of all colors) so that we can show him he has a mandate to stay the course and get the job done.

LAPD and CHP have made a careful and calculated effort to ensure minimal disruption to local traffic, and facilities are in place at USC to make sure there's room for everyone. So show up and voice your support. This is an historic event that you will enjoy and be able to tell your kids about.

Be sensible and courteous. The delays getting into the Presidential areas will be minimal if you all follow a few simple rules. No alcohol (remember drinking in public is an offense, no laptop computers, no large cameras, no knives, chains or weapons or any sort, keep metal objects on your person to a minimum to speed progress through metal detectors - just imagine you were going through security at the airport.

Be smart and we'll all have a great day to show our support for a great man.

See you there!

October 22, 2010 6:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fingers crossed that Obama doesn't fuck up the traffic as badly as last time.

I do find it ironic that when he was last here, he took Wilshire through the wealthy districts, but now he's going up Exposition and MLK Blvd.

In other words, when he realized that the wealthy weren't buying into what BHO was selling, he turned to his base, the lower income blacks.

But it's odd that he would be appearing at USC, which is definitely not a liberal hot bed, except for the subsidized lower-income students.

Sad how ugly the community just outside of USC still is.

October 22, 2010 6:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

According to the LA Times, Prop 19 is now "trailing badly."


October 22, 2010 6:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm with 6:54. Obama should never have clogged up Wilshire last time.

So much for being a man of the people.

October 22, 2010 7:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fox News just gave Juan Williams a $2,000,000 contract.

And one helluva larger audience than NPR.

If NPR loses its federal funding, it'll be because of this poorly thought-out angle.


October 22, 2010 7:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I was going to comment on the outstanding "we're wusses" comment by Democrat PA Gov Ed Rendell, but the Juan Williams firing allowed everyone to feel the same way.

Even Whoopi Goldberg said it was an "outrageous firing."

October 22, 2010 7:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm middle-of-the-road politically, but I've always felt that Ed Rendell is one of the few very honest Democrats.

Rare is the Dem who says, "hey, if we voted for Obamacare, we might as well campaign on it."

It sure is a sounder approach than Obama's ridiculous Chamber of Commerce ploy. He sure didn't complain when HE was receiving major corporate funding in 2008.

The times, they are a changing for Barako.

October 22, 2010 7:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I was cursing Obama for days after his last LA visit. It took me more than two hours to get from Santa Monica to the Valley, and he didn't even go west of the 405.

October 22, 2010 7:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

While Obama complains about foreign funding going to Republicans, he failed to mention that AFSCME donated $87.5 million to the Dems.

Can you say hypocrisy?

October 22, 2010 7:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh no!

B. Hussein Obama is going to ruin my commute AGAIN!

October 22, 2010 7:17 AM  

Anonymous Herb Walker said:

I voted for Obama, and couldn't be more disappointed in the results.

I do not buy into the claim that he staved off a Depression, which is exactly what Harry Reid is now claiming.

To me, this wreaks of desperation, not a depression.

October 22, 2010 7:18 AM  

Anonymous Kook Watch said:

I think being behind in the polls to an "extreme," as he puts it, challenger is getting to Harry Reid.

He is getting slammed on all of the major news outlets for claiming that HE saved the country from the second Great Depression. Yeah, right. As it any single person, or even one house of Congress could do that.


October 22, 2010 7:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think Obama is making a HUGE mistake not focusing on Ohio.

Since there are so many Dems in Cali, he needn't focus on these local races, since Joe indicates they're both way ahead.

But not working hard on Ohio will prove to be a huge mistake for Obama, since it's a bellweather state, and is the home for the likely next Speaker of the House of Reps.

Mark my words. HUUUUUUGE mistake.

October 22, 2010 8:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Congratulations Juan Williams!!

Now you know that Democrats are NOT for first amendment rights to freedom of speech.

And, Congratulations on your new job.

October 22, 2010 8:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Barney Frank, DEM-MA, said he wouldn't take donations from any bank that received TARP funds.

Guess he lied.
NY Times reports that he took such funds from, among others:

Bank of NY
US Bancorp
Bank of America

October 22, 2010 8:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Amazing. First one of you "anonymous" people makes fun of Obama for driving down the "wealthy" part of Wilshire Blvd. Now you're making fun of him for going to USC and MLK Blvd.
I don't recall Bush ever speaking at USC.
Oh, and you say he fucked up traffic? Does that mean if McCain was President and drove down Wilshire, there would be NO traffic jams? Only Democratic Presidents cause traffic gridlock? Get real!

October 22, 2010 8:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If I could ask B. Hussein Obama (lol) one question, it would be "WHERE ARE THE SHOVEL-READY JOBS?"

BHO will be the last Democratic president for at least a full generation, and perhaps longer if the Republicans do well.

October 22, 2010 8:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

count me among those whose day was totally fucked the last time O'Bama came here.

October 22, 2010 8:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning. It smells like ......,, two-face democrats.

October 22, 2010 8:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


If Brown and Boxer are doing so "GREAT" as you tell us here virtually every day, why then is he traveling cross-country to rally the voters?

Wouldn't he need to focus on those areas where the races are close?

According to virtually everything you've posted here for the past month, the polls aren't even close.

I could find your direct quotes on this, but I assume you don't deny saying that things weren't close.

October 22, 2010 8:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:49, you're a moron.

I said it was IRONIC that since the wealthy class have largely rejected obama's work, he is now going down the poorest major thoroughfare in the city.

grow up, FOOL!

October 22, 2010 8:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WTF are you talking about 8:49am?

President McCain? Are you really so bored with your morning that hypothetical traffic jams is all you have to speak about?


Is that the best you've got?

October 22, 2010 9:00 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Matt Dowd & Zuma Dogg would like to say, "You're Welcome!," to the United States of America. Free Speech is once free again at Venice Beach. You're welcome.

October 22, 2010 9:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is Zuma Dogg even being allowed to post here? Nobody cares what he and Matt Dowd do.

Higby please keep that crybaby loser out of here.

October 22, 2010 9:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You're still pissed off at Obama because his motorcade caused a traffic jam! Yes, my "hypothetical" question is....would you be angry at President McCain if HIS motorcade caused a traffic jam? ALL Presidents have motorcades that cause traffic jams, so it's stupid to complain, as if Obama purposely caused gridlock just to bother YOU. Crybabies, all of you! By the way, Repubs....why weren't you outraged when Obama said the war in Iraq was ending? YOU all supported it eight years ago, waved your flags, said Bush was a wonderful guy. Have you noticed that NO ONE is defending the Iraq war these days? Those Republicans who wanted the Iraq war no longer talk about it. They want to pretend it never happened, because they now know it was a huge mistake. Yeah, just pretend the Iraq war was a bad dream!

October 22, 2010 9:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You're all such weenie wimps. Still complaing and crying that Obama fucked up traffic. Would you be so critical if a Republican president fucked up traffic? Because that would have happened too.

October 22, 2010 9:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It is great that Zuma got his injunction, but I suspect the irony of it all will be that he won't get more than $25,000 to split among 11 plaintiffs in the case.

October 22, 2010 9:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:19 = 9:28 trying to make it sound like more than one person holds that p.o.v.

Uh, YEAH, I'd be pissed if any president had an unreasonable motorcade that inconveniences everyone of us.

Idiot, that's why they changed the route, so STFU. As if being in a traffic jam is any less awful because the president is one party or the other.

October 22, 2010 9:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In "trimuphantness" Zuma Dogg is still a loser. He doesn't get a payoff? HA!

October 22, 2010 9:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

lol, 9:48 and AMEN!

I wouldn't mind zuma so much if he didn't attack higby so viciously a month or two ago, and outing his personal problems. disloyal scumbag.

zuma is loyal only to zuma. and what type of grown man in his mid 40s refers to himself in the third person?

and he can't figure out why he doesn't have a job, although I doubt he ever looked for one.

Trutanich deserves re-election for simply using zuma and then not giving him a job. It shows he knows where to get value, but not to give payback a/k/a pay for play to zuma.

October 22, 2010 9:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I love how Zine keeps putting Zuma in his place.

October 22, 2010 9:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I was enjoying reading these comments until T.H.E. chimed in.

T.H.E. = The Homeless Economist.

October 22, 2010 10:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma are you going to refund everyone's money for all of those "loans"?

October 22, 2010 10:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You are right, Obama did not create the traffic jam on purpose. The impact on local traffic and people never even registered at all on his radar- he's too busy campaigning and maybe that's his way of convincing himself that he knows what he's doing as president.

People voting for him expected TOO MUCH from him so what would be simple disappointment turned into major dissatisfaction or worse.

Whether Obama is brilliant or just pretty sharp, whatever he managed to deliver still fell short. On top of that, he's made decisions in the "poor" to "terrible" area, and stands by them.

He should skip the L.A. area campaigning and work on improving his administration from D.C.- but he's got a bit of that Villaraigosa bug that causes him to seek praise and adoration, especially from celebrities.

October 22, 2010 10:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:17, if people have high expectations of Obama, it's because HE SET THE BAR TOO HIGH!

Remember, just ONE of those promises about how his creating healthcare reform "WOULD NOT COST US A SINGLE DIME!"?

Remember that?
That's why people are disappointed in him because he promised the sky and delivered crap that will be overturned shortly after the Republicans gain control of the House.

Otherwise, people would not be so disappointed in him.

If you don't believe he's now at the all-time low, check out today's gallup poll PROVING IT.


And then see someone's comment here tody about how Gov Ed Rendell of PA says that the Dems are "WUSSES" for not campaigning on healthcare!

That's because it sucks. People were promised and expected better.

October 22, 2010 10:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How dumb are you people who thinks Obama selects the routes. He's just along for the ride.

Complain to the city depts. and police for that planning. We have heliports all over the city for that could have been utilized to eliminate a lot of the problem.

9:09AM my sentiments,exactly. Higby it's been much calmer here without Phil. The last thing needed is another loose cannon.

October 22, 2010 10:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's funny how Obama campaigned on being The One, and now his past supporters are saying that the expecations are too high.

Laughable, actually.

October 22, 2010 11:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can someone explain to me how any president can visit Los Angeles and not screw up the traffic?

Nobody seemed to mind when the Laker parade screwed up traffic for half a day.

Let's be real, it isn't about the traffic disruption is it?

October 22, 2010 1:18 PM  

Anonymous g said:


October 22, 2010 2:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wonder if BHO has time to hit one of the famous Las Vegas T***y Bars? The Late Harry Reid should show some apprecation to him.

October 22, 2010 4:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm not surprised that Joe B. didn't include this important nugget from today's LA Times.

After all, it's bad news for Obama & the Dems, especially Nancy Pelosi.

California Unemployement Rate?

Oh, nothing. Just 12.4%.

More than 50% higher than what Obama assured us was the cap, provided that we give him a TRILLION dollars to squander.


October 22, 2010 5:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dear Crazy Person Who Rudely Types All in Capitals:

Can you name me the last president who didn't travel around the country at election to help members of his party who have helped him?

Can you name me that last president who allowed someone else to write every word of their speeches and then read it unedited? The answer may be Bush, Jr. who was too illiterate to write or speak a complete sentence correctly.

October 22, 2010 8:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


October 22, 2010 8:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:33pm, W has degrees from Yale and Harvard Business School.

You may want to think W got in due to his father being Ambassador to China, Head of the CIA, before he was Veep and Pres, but once he was in those schools, he had to be able to read.

Thus your silly comment about his alleged illiteracy is silly.

Now, take that snob Obama, from Harvard Law. Mr. Speaks So Nicely...as Joe Biden said, "He is the first, clean, well spoken black..." to run for President.

But all his gift of gab got him was a disappointed electorate, and 44% approval ratings.

So much for Obama's communication skills. 12.4% unemployment in California; 14% unemployment in Arizona and Michigan, and more than a trillion in budget deficit.

So we've got a literate president, whose work is widely disliked, and whose crown achievement as president will be defunded in January.

Not too good.

October 22, 2010 8:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There are a bunch of crybabies here! Poor little wimps and weenies, still complaining about a Presidential traffic jam which happened months ago.

October 23, 2010 3:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What "celebs" does Obama hang out with on a regular basis? Who are these special A-listers? Come on now, tell us! It's not the delusional Chuck Norris---who wants prayer in public schools and hangs out with Presidental-wannabe Huckabee, who thinks the earth is 6,000 years old.

October 23, 2010 3:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe B.,

Obama gets cool reception on business plan to curb trade surplus.

In other words, Obama doesn't know JACK about the free market.


October 23, 2010 7:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm one of those UNDECIDED that Obama wants. I've been a lifelong Democrat but the Republican slate is looking better to me. People are mad at Obama because of his insensitivity and his handlers naivete. Our city is on the verge of bankruptcy yet Obama wanted to waste valuable resources closing main streets just so he could go to USC. Don't believe the numbers. People who attended say there wasn't anywhere close to the 25,-30,000 the media is reporting. And there's big rumors that Villaraigosa panted a hell of a lot of people just in case he got BOOED.

October 23, 2010 7:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Now that it is Saturday, nice to wake up to see the Obama at USC traffic instructions. (Note to self - delete bookmark.)

October 23, 2010 9:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You should know that the TIMES wrote about the traffic jams, too.

Fortunately, OUR outcry was big enough that B.O. took a helicopter this time.

This proves that those who speak up get the change. Change we CAN believe in.

P.S. Fuck you, 3:52am and you're in Mayor Sam?

October 23, 2010 9:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LA Times: Obama also jams traffic in Glendale-Burbank.

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha


October 23, 2010 9:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


FORMER Obama supporter John Mellencamp NOW says that Palin is "impressive and knows what's going on."


October 23, 2010 10:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shouldn't Tea Party supporters be in favor of any president taking a vehicle from LAX as opposed to the additional cost of using helicopters? Where did those helicopters come from anyway?

October 23, 2010 11:50 AM  

Anonymous I think for myself said:

11:50am, it is Marine One....the president's own helicopter.

The cost of flying a helicopter to two locations in Los Angeles and back to LAX is miniscule compared to hundreds of thousands of people being inconvenienced, and idling their motors indefinitely.

== Neither a Dem, Republican or Tea Partier. I think for myself.

October 23, 2010 5:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think for myself it is Marine One....the president's own helicopter.

First of all, it's our helicopter. Second, when the president uses it, the Marine Corps flies at least one identical "decoy" helicopter, sometimes as many as four decoys, together with at least one heavily armed MH-53 Pave Low helicopter. The entire fleet of Marine Ones are flown out of Quantico in military transport aircraft, like the C-5A.

It's a monumentally huge operation to arrange for the flight from USC to Glendale, with hundreds of personnel involved.

If the president were traveling to LA on important business, like maybe to announce some federal help for California's unfair burden of illegal immigration caused by his sissy attitude towards enforcing our boarders (Bush was no different) then maybe there's a justification for this sort of expense to offset the road closures and chaos that accompanied POTUS 44 the last time he was here.

But this visit, especially the trip to Glendale, was all about fundraising and propping up the troubled campaigns of Brown, Boxer, and Harris.

This was a disgusting misuse of public funds, far more expensive than "the president using his helicopter" to avoid traffic congestion.

If you are going to think for yourself, try a little harder.

October 23, 2010 6:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

HEY RED SPOT - guess who was a point person on the Obama visit to U$C? YUP, you guessed it, your man crush -------- Gala-loser!

October 24, 2010 12:04 AM  

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