Residents should stay home when President Obama visits Austin, Texas, on Friday, the mayor said.
Mayor Steve Adler cited highway shutdowns due to the Obama motorcade when he encouraged employers to allow residents to work from home.
“Safe to say, when his motorcade is on the move, you won’t be, at least downtown,” he said in a newsletter. “That’s why I am asking you to strongly consider either working from home or asking your employees to work from home on those days.”
“I know some departments in City Hall are doing so, and I hope more downtown employers follow suit. Of course, many local businesses can’t work from home, and I hope you make an effort to support them as well.”
Last year the Obama motorcade trapped a woman in labor on the highway in Louisville, Ky.
Emergency crews were unable to reach the laboring woman as thousands of motorists were stuck in the snarled traffic on both directions of the highway.
“They couldn’t get through due to the traffic from the motorcade,” a Louisville MetroSafe EMS worker said.
And similarly, in 2014, the Obama motorcade practically shut down downtown L.A.
“President Obama’s here for two $32,500 a plate dinners, so try not to drive because traffic will be bad for the rest of us poors,” one resident tweeted.
Obama is coming to Austin to speak at the SXSW film and music festival on Friday, the first time a sitting president has done so.