Saw Barack Obama today!

Discussion in 'New England' started by Giovanni_P, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. Giovanni_P

    Giovanni_P Formula Junior

    Nov 11, 2003
    MetroWest, MA
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    John Pelliccio
    My wife took the kids to the local playground this afternoon to get some sun after the 3 days of steady rain we've had here in Massachusetts. She called around 4:15 to point out that there were a larger-than-normal number of state police cars, motorcycles, and "big black trucks" parked around the little single-runway local airport down the street from the school where the playground is, maybe a mile from our house. I was heading home anyway so I stopped by to see what was up.

    Let's see.. snipers on all the rooftops, guys crawling around in the woods, SWAT guys with M4's all over the place... and the crowd buzzing the the president was en route. Cool!

    Sure enough- six big*ss helicopters came thundering in, and "the man" himself got out of one of them, threw a quick wave to the crowd, hopped into one of two limos that had been parked in a hangar on the airfield, and took off escorted by a state police and secret service motorcade for the emergency management bunker located a few miles away in Framingham. After he left, Marine One (or whatever they call it when he's not aboard) took off and did an air-show pass over the crowd, followed by an identical chopper and a pair of huge military birds that they must use for carrying equipment around. It was pretty darned cool, but I have to say that it was an awe-inspring amount of logistics to set up for a 30-second wave to a crowd that was kept probably 150 yards away.

    I think one of the choppers is still there. POTUS was supposed to be wheels-up out of Logan 45 minutes ago. A buddy coming home from Italy reported that the traffic around the airport was snarled up for hours.

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  3. 55fanatic

    55fanatic Formula Junior

    Apr 30, 2006
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    Peter Ladas
    You live near Hanscom AFB? That is usually where Presidents have come in, in the past
  4. Giovanni_P

    Giovanni_P Formula Junior

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    #3 Giovanni_P, Apr 2, 2010
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    Nope- little tiny one-runway airfield in Marlborough, MA.

    Usually full of cessnas and piper cubs. Some heavier hardware there yesterday :)
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  5. buzztt

    buzztt Rookie

    Mar 5, 2010
    there was also something going on at hanscom yesterday, one of our employees was late cos she was stopped by police to check id etc, she lives a couple miles away
  6. darthnefas

    darthnefas Formula Junior

    Jun 21, 2007
    Taunton MA
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    Yea Buzz, I noticed a helicopter yesterday as well on its way South.
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  8. ferraripete

    ferraripete F1 World Champ

    pretty awesome!
  9. Steveny360

    Steveny360 F1 Veteran

    Sep 5, 2007
    I have been at AFB when AF1 has landed with Bush 2.0 on board. Pretty crazy experience. I looked over at my buddy and he says, you have a red dot on your forehead right now. LOL. I look around and there is snipers everywhere. I say, well I was going to snap a pic but I think I won't reach into my pocket right now. He says, good idea! He has wicked high clearance so much so that I have been ON AF1 and have met a few of the top brass including Mr. Powell and Ms. Rice amongst others. Powell is seriously smart probably genius level. I would so vote for him if he ran for president.
  10. ronfrohock

    ronfrohock F1 Rookie
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    I saw them coming from the east as I was leaving the Mountian just after 5:pM.
    Very cool.
    - Ron
  11. Alkivar

    Alkivar Rookie

    Feb 16, 2010
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    I'd have to agree with that assessment of Powell... he seemed a very genuinely friendly and outgoing guy when I met him during his term as CJCS under Bush 1.0.
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  13. boiseferrari

    boiseferrari Formula 3

    Nov 11, 2005
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    Very cool. When I used to live in Maryland Marine One used to fly ove the dealership on the way to Camp David.

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