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Obama Traffic Watch: Obama Gets Take-Out at Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles

Local resident Eva Longoria plays host to the president at one of the spots. Check here for the latest updates.

President Obama met with celebrities in Hancock Park on Monday night after arriving at LAX from Las Vegas in the afternoon. He went to Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles in central Los Angeles (see photos).  He was joined at the counter
by Rep. Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, where he ordered for himself and several
aides. Obama's order included the No. 9 -- the ``Country Boy'' -- which
consists of three wings, with the choice of waffle, potato salad and French
fries.

For the most up-to-date traffic information in Studio City, click here, and check out the widget here. That will show major intersection closures and slow traffic.

Locals will be affected for the next 24 hours. More helicopters have swept the area than in recent memory, and police cars are patrolling offramps and freeways. Sirens have been blaring on and off since 2 p.m.

According to the White House official schedule, he will be leaving before noon on Tuesday.

Obama plans to be in the Hancock Park area south of Hollywood, and then at some point on Tuesday morning will head to the Burbank NBC Studios to tape a Tonight Show appearance with Jay Leno.

Obama Monday night told supporters who paid $35,800 each to attend a fundraiser at the Hancock Park home of movie producer James Lassiter that "this election will not be as sexy as the first one.''

"Back then, it was still fresh and new,'' Obama said. "I didn't have any gray hair. Everybody loved the "Hope' posters and all that.

"This time, we've got to grind it out a little bit. We've got to grind it out. But the cause is the same. And my passion is the same. And my commitment is the same.''

With actor Will Smith, who starred in Lassiter's film Hitch, and retired basketball legend Magic Johnson among the approximately 35 people in attendance, Obama discussed the mortgage refinance program he announced earlier today in Las Vegas, saying that with homeowners able to refinance at lower rates, they would have more money to "shop, go to Will's movies'' and patronize Johnson's businesses.

Obama also fielded questions.

He will then travel to the nearby home of Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith for an event organized by the Futuro Fund, a group of Latino Obama supporters from across the nation.

Studio City resident and Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria is among the co-hosts of the event, which Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to attend.  Tickets for the event range from $5,000 to $35,800. The upper price is determined by the contribution limits of $2,500 for a primary campaign, $2,500 for a general election campaign and $30,800 for a national party committee. The second event is aimed at shoring up Obama's support among Hispanics. Villaraigosa said the president has been a strong advocate of critical issues facing Latinos.

"President Obama does not have a vote in Congress. President Obama has
been supportive of comprehensive immigration reform. He's been supportive of
the Dream Act. He has called on the Congress to do their job and to fix the
broken immigration system,'' Villaraigosa said. "The fact that they've failed
to do that is not his responsibility or his fault, if you will. It's theirs.'''

Obama spent the night in the Southland, then planned to tape his fourth appearance on Jay Leno's show, and his second as president. Obama's appearance on Tonight on March 19, 2009, was the first by a sitting president. It was best remembered for his comment that his bowling score of 129—out of a maximum of 300—"was like Special Olympics, or something.'' Before the episode aired, Obama called Timothy Shriver, the chairman of Special Olympics, to apologize.  

Obama is bound for San Francisco. 

The president was last in Southern California on Sept. 26-27, when he
attended a pair of fundraisers—one at the House of Blues in West Hollywood
and another at the Fig & Olive restaurant on trendy Melrose Place.

The visit will be Obama's eighth to the Los Angeles area since being
elected president. He has spoken at political fundraisers during all but his
first visit. Of the eight trips, this will be the third on which the schedule
includes an event other than a fundraiser.

The Total Traffic Los Angeles twitter page will be following every move in the next 24 hours, click here.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

James C. L'Angelle October 25, 2011 at 02:13 AM
Twitterfeed, Feedjit, Facebook, Occupy Barrington Dog Park, OpenSecrets-Lassiter-Smith campaign contributions, LAPD live audio scanner, see: Coming Into Los Angeles: OBAMAJAM http://obama-jam.blogspot.com
Jim October 25, 2011 at 03:26 AM
35 people attended? Where are all of the Left wing supporters? Come on this is LA...at least he is going to Antonio Banderas' house..was he not born in the US as well?
Bill George October 25, 2011 at 01:52 PM
Rate the Jam. Who messed-up L.A. traffic more? Bill Clinton's 65th Birthday Party at the Hollywood Bowl on 10/22/11 or this Obamanation. Idling in stop-and-stop traffic makes government enforced auto mileage ratings, and toxic emission requirements a farce. (Does Michelle know he 'snuck out' for fried chicken and waffles?)
Bill George November 15, 2011 at 12:53 PM
The Texas Transportation Institute has just released a report which shows that California has some of the nations worst traffic leading to very high energy / fuel consumption. A quote from a newspaper article announcing the release of the report states "The top offender, a 27-mile southbound stretch of U.S. 101, accounted for 485,000 hours of delay-per-mile and more than 6 million wasted gallons of fuel last year." That's on average, and it doesn't begin to measure the delays and waste when Bill Clinton is celebrating his 65th birthday at The Hollwood Bowl, or when President Obama is shutting down the highways to stop for chicken and waffles at Roscoes or campaign appearances, in Burbank, on the Jay Leno Show.

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