President Barack Obama will stay overnight in Oklahoma City on Wednesday as part of a scheduled Thursday visit to the oil storage hub of Cushing. Though he didn't fare well at all here in the 2008 election, the visit is generating a great deal of discussion, on political fronts as well as on the rare excitement of having a sitting president in town. There was some speculation that, being a big basketball fan, he might attend Wednesday night's Thunder game. Unfortunately, that won't be the case, as the White House says he won't make any OKC appearances:
"President Barack Obama will make no public appearances during his brief stay in Oklahoma this week, the White House said late Monday. Obama will arrive by jet in Oklahoma City late Wednesday, tour the Cushing area on Thursday, and speak briefly to the press at a pipeline company freight yard before returning to Oklahoma City and continuing on to Columbus, Ohio."
Still, residents will likely be aware of his presence. The Oklahoma City Police Department released the following statement today on traffic delays and disruptions:
"Beginning Wednesday afternoon, March 21st and continuing through Thursday March 22nd, motorists in downtown will encounter some street closures and potential delays. Thunder fans for Wednesday night's home game will experience some delays with the street closures and limited access to some parking garages and walkways near the arena. The Colcord Hotel, Century Parking Garage and Main Street parking garages will only be accessible by driving north on Robinson from Reno. Thunder fans and workers for the Thursday morning commute are encourage to leave early and allow themselves plenty of time to reach their regular parking locations. "
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