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#ThanksObama: L.A. commuters rip presidential motorcade on Twitter after it keeps woman in labor from hospital (VIDEO)

Published time: July 24, 2014 16:39
Edited time: July 25, 2014 07:31
U.S. President Barack Obama (Reuters / Jonathan Ernst)

U.S. President Barack Obama (Reuters / Jonathan Ernst)

Los Angelenos are no strangers to snarling traffic, a daily, often faceless, nuisance. But President Barack Obama’s two-day fundraising trip to the city has given commuters - and one woman in labor - a specific target for their ire.

An unidentified pregnant woman in labor was not allowed to cross a street - closed for the impending arrival of the president’s motorcade - to get to Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon.

KNBC-TV reporter Robert Kovacik posted footage on Instagram of the woman’s wait. “Woman in labor on bench as motorcade passes; not allowed to cross street to get to #CedarsSinai,” he wrote.

The woman had to wait at least 30 minutes during the wait, witness Carrie Clifford told TheBlaze.

“I felt bad for her,” Clifford said. “It does happen when Obama comes to L.A. or I’m sure anywhere else. It paralyzes the city, it does make it complicated.”

“You can’t do the things you had set out to do because the president is in town,” Clifford added.

Clifford posted a photo of the woman accompanied by medics during the wait.

Kovacik also posted video of a Los Angeles police sergeant explaining the situation.

“As soon as we can — it looks like the motorcade is coming through right about now, so we’ll be able to open it up for traffic. The first thing we’ll try to get through will be an ambulance, but I can’t guarantee there will be —,” the officer said before the video cuts out.

The Los Angeles police department directed TheBlaze to the Secret Service for comment. The Secret Service has yet to respond on the matter.

KNBC and KTLA both reported that the baby has yet to be delivered as of early Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles commuters sounded off on the president via social media.

Although some didn’t see how Obama’s presence made Los Angeles traffic any worse than it usually is.

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