The PotUS comes to town

  • NickoftheNort...

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    Dec 09, 2009 8:52 PM GMT
    Tomorrow, PotUS Obama will arrive here in Oslo, Norway, to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (an issue we've already discussed at length on this site).

    As part of the visit, those of us that live here get to see some of the precautionary measures for a visit from the PotUS. Downtown Oslo is now notable for temporary fences, small groups of protestors getting ready for tomorrow, and an obvious security presence. The most notable change I've noticed are the low-flying helicopters patrolling the area (they're also a sleek black, which enhances their authoritarian feel); it's eerie seeing them fly so close to the towers of City hall.

    Though this is fun in an "out of the ordinary" way, I look forward to returning to normalcy next week. icon_biggrin.gif

    For those of you who've also had the sitting / then-sitting PotUS visit your hometown in the past, what were your experiences?
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    Dec 09, 2009 9:04 PM GMT
    Living in or near Washington, DC. makes visits from foreign dignitaries a royal pain in the ass. You set out for some destination and run into a road block so that somebody can come whizzing by in his limosine with a big-ass motorcycle escort.

    Since 9/11, the streets all around the White House have disappeared.

    But the Reagan-Washington National Airport, which is across the Potomac River and a 30-second diversionary flight to the the White House, is still open cuz the Senators and Congressmen dont want to have to drive for an hour to get out to Dulles International Airport in the hinterlands of Virginia. .... icon_wink.gif