Witnesses say a pregnant woman in labor was prevented from crossing a street to the hospital because it was blocked off so that President Obama’s motorcade could pass.
The woman was seen sitting at a bus stop across from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Wednesday after being blocked by police from crossing the street while they waited a half hour for President Obama’s motorcade to come through.
“This woman is in labor but can't get to Cedars cuz of Obama!!!” witness Carrie Clifford tweeted along with a picture.
At one point, medical personnel who worked at the hospital came to make sure the woman was alright while she waited to be allowed across the street.
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“A few people in scrubs are there now,” Clifford later tweeted. “Still no baby. Still no #Obama."
“I felt bad for her,” Clifford told TheBlaze. “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.”
NBC4 reporter Robert Kovacik was nearby when the incident happened, and upon talking to a police officer on his cell phone camera, it was clear that the police couldn’t do anything about it.
“As soon as we can, looks like the motorcade is coming through right about now,” the LAPD officer said. “We’ll be able to open it up for traffic and first we’ll thing we’ll try to get to will be an ambulance, but I can’t guarantee it will be.” The video ended abruptly.