Needless to say if a Republican president forced a woman in labor to sit on a bench across from a hospital and wait for his motorcade to apss by it would be the top story on every newscast across America. For days. But King Obama? Heck, the baby is just a burden for her. She should’ve just had an abortion and she wouldn’t have had to suffer such an indignity.
— Robert Kovacik (@RobertNBCLA) July 24, 2014
regnant woman in labor Wednesday afternoon was not allowed to cross the street to get to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by authorities in Los Angeles because President Barack Obama’s motorcade was going to come through the area.
Some in the crowd were outraged about the incident and took to social media to show pictures and video of the unidentified woman while she sat on a bus bench, waiting to get to Cedars.
This story was first reported by The Blaze.
“This woman is in labor but can’t get to Cedars cuz of Obama!!!” witness Carrie Clifford tweeted, along with a picture of the woman.
Obama’s L.A. visit, which started Wednesday afternoon, led to street closures in West Hollywood, downtown Los Angeles, Mid-Wilshire, Exposition Park, Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, among other areas.
Some of the medical staff from the hospital finally came to help the pregnant woman.
“A few people in scrubs are there now. Still no baby. Still no #Obama.” Clifford tweeted with a picture.
Wait until Obama reads about this in the papers.
Meanwhile, some in the media are pretty fed up with Obama’s pathetic lack of transparency.
So let me understand. Obama rips court decision on campaign finance. Then raises Super PAC money and won't let press anywhere near it?
— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) July 24, 2014
That’s how he rolls.
The decision by Obama and his staff to take the secrecy approach to super PAC appearances has aggravated the concerns even further. This was, after all, the president who stepped away from State of the Union tradition in 2010 to directly attack the Supreme Court for the Citizens United ruling that helped spur the dramatic rise in campaign spending. (A separate federal court ruling paved the way for super PACs.) And Obama, even during his own 2012 reelection campaign, kept distance from the Priorities USA super PAC that was supporting him.
(Also on POLITICO: What D.C. got wrong on Obamacare)
But Obama has attended three super PAC events in the past week: one in New York last Thursday and the two on the West Coast.
How many people Obama met with was a secret. How much they paid to get in was a secret. Finding out who the people were? Forget it. Even a general account of what the president said to them? Not from this White House.
Parsons said the WHCA has asked the White House to reconsider its position regarding access, but has not yet filed a formal complaint.
All this as the White House, like previous administrations, looks for as much free media as it can get, sending the president out to lunch with people who’ve written him letters, and capitalizes on D.C. reporters’ Twitter excitement with unannounced stops at Starbucks and Chipotle.
They sold this schmuck on America, so stop the whining.