President Barack Obama on Friday concluded a two-day visit to Los Angeles after sitting for a podcast interview at a home in Highland Park. Motorists had been urged to be aware of planned road closures along the president’s itinerary.
After arriving about 2:15 p.m. Thursday, Air Force One departed LAX around noon Friday.
Obama attended two fundraisers in the L.A. area on Thursday at the homes of producer Chuck Lorre and filmmaker Tyler Perry.
On Friday, he went to the home of comedian Marc Maron, who records a popular podcast in the garage at his home in Highland Park.
Maron had announced Monday that Obama was scheduled to be a guest on the “WTF” podcast.
“If everything goes as planned … I will post a WTF … featuring myself in conversation … talking to the president of the United States of America, Barack Obama,” Maron said. The interview will be available for streaming and downloading Monday on wtfpod.com.
Obama’s motorcade arrived at the Santa Monica landing zone at 9:30 a.m., when he boarded Marine One. The presidential helicopter then touched down at a landing zone at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena at 9:49 a.m. and Obama departed in an SUV en route to Maron’s house, according to a report from a pool reporter.
The narrow streets of Northeast L.A. were lined with those waiting to see the president, whose podcast interview was taking place just blocks from Occidental College, where Obama went for part of his undergraduate college career.
The president did not visit his alma mater.
The block where Maron lives took on a carnival atmosphere, complete with a clown juggling and in clown makeup, according to the pool reporter.
“I’m so proud, I’m so happy. I’m honored that he’s in our neighborhood,” said Highland Park resident Yvonne Roldan.
Some neighbors said they were unaware the comedian recorded the popular podcast in a home in the area. Several said they had never heard of “WTF.”
By noon, the president had departed from Los Angeles International Airport en route to San Francisco, where he was set to address the U.S. Conference of Mayors and participate in a Democratic National Committee roundtable, according to a news release White House. Afterward, he is scheduled to attend a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event.
On Saturday, Obama was expected to travel to Palm Springs and to remain there until Sunday afternoon, according to the White House.
As always, with the presidential motorcade come rolling street closures. Dubbed “Obamajam,” the traffic disruptions in the past have caused headaches for affected motorists when the chief executive travels by limousine rather than aircraft.
In a traffic advisory issued by the Los Angeles Police Department, commuters were urged to plan ahead in anticipation of the following closures:
• The area around Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
• The area around Santa Monica Boulevard and Century Park East from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
• The area around Century Park East and Pico Boulevard from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
• The area around Pico Boulevard and Overland Avenue from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
• The area around Overland Avenue and National Boulevard from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
• The area around National Boulevard and Interstate 10 Freeway 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
• The area around Interstate 405 Freeway and Centinela Avenue 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
• The area around Arroyo Boulevard and Mountain Street 8:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m.
• The area around Mountain Street and the 210 Freeway 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
• The area around 134 Freeway and Colorado Boulevard 8:00 to 12:00 p.m.
• The area around Colorado Boulevard and Figueroa Street 8:00 to 12:00 p.m.
• The area around York Boulevard and North Avenue 51 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
• The area around Yosemite Drive and North Avenue 56 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The Pasadena Police Department admonished drivers to avoid these streets that were set to be shut down near the Rose Bowl:
• Seco Street between West Drive and Lincoln Avenue from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Rosemount Ave between Prospect Terrace and North Arroyo Boulevard from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
• West Drive between Linda Vista Avenue to Salvia Canyon Road from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
• Rosemount Avenue between North Arroyo Boulevard and Seco Street from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.