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Pregnant woman in labor was prevented from getting to hospital across the street for 30 minutes by President Obama's motorcade on way to fundraiser

LA resident Carrie Clifford tweeted this photo of a woman in labor who couldn't get to a nearby hospital because the roads were closed for Obama

  • Obama is in California this week fundraising for Demcorats
  • Streets all over Los Angeles are closed because of the president
  • Yesterday police kept a woman in labor from getting to the hospital because Obama's motorcade was about to come through
  • An LAPD spokesman confirmed the story to MailOnline but said police did not know the woman was in labor when she first asked to cross the street 
  • The spokesman said the woman later gave birth at the hospital. 'She had her baby and did not give birth on the street or anything like that'

Police prevented a pregnant woman in labor from crossing the street to get to a nearby hospital yesterday in L.A. because President Barack Obama's motorcade was on the way.

A Twitter user documented the unidentified woman sitting on a bus bench for roughly half an hour, waiting for the president and his entourage to pass through, as she was attended to by another woman in scrubs.

'This woman is in labor but can't get to Cedars[Sinai Medical Center] cuz of Obama!!!,' Carrie Clifford tweeted, along with a photo of the very pregnant-looking woman.

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LA resident Carrie Clifford tweeted this photo of a woman in labor who couldn't get to a nearby hospital because the roads were closed for Obama

LA resident Carrie Clifford tweeted this photo of a woman in labor who couldn't get to a nearby hospital because the roads were closed for Obama

The woman had to sit on a bench at a bus stop across the street fro the hospital until the president's motorcade passed

The woman had to sit on a bench at a bus stop across the street fro the hospital until the president's motorcade passed

After Obama's entourage cleared the intersection, police sent an ambulance over to check on the woman

After Obama's entourage cleared the intersection, police sent an ambulance over to check on the woman


After Clifford tweeted photos of the woman, KNBC reporter Robert Kovacik rushed to the scene.

Kovacik talked to a police officer who told him that the LAPD would allow the woman to go to the hospital 'as soon as we can.'

'It looks like the motorcade is coming through right about now, so we’ll be able to open it up for traffic,' he said. 'The first thing we’ll try to get through will be an ambulance.'

An LAPD spokesman confirmed the story to MailOnline on Thursday but said the police did not know the woman was in labor when she first asked to cross the street.

'She didn't tell them she was in labor and gave no indication of urgency,' he said. 

'She waited a while before her husband asked how much longer it would be before they could cross. He still did not say she was in labor, just that she needed to go to the hospital. 

'Officers requested an ambulance, but a nurse happened to be there so she chatted to her. In the meantime the motorcade passed and she was able to make it over the road to the hospital before the ambulance even arrived.

The police department spokesman said the woman later gave birth from the comfort of the hospital.

'She had her baby and did not give birth on the street or anything like that.' 

Obama touts economic record during California trip

Snarl up: Many residents of LA were vocal in the criticism of the city being blocked so the president could ride through the city to a fundraiser

Snarl up: Many residents of LA were vocal in the criticism of the city being blocked so the president could ride through the city to a fundraiser

Rush hour traffic in LA went from bad to worse during the president's visit

Rush hour traffic in LA went from bad to worse during the president's visit

LA residents stuck in traffic expressed their frustration with the president via twitter using #thanksObama, #Obamatraffic and #Obamajam

LA residents stuck in traffic expressed their frustration with the president via twitter using #thanksObama, #Obamatraffic and #Obamajam

Clifford, the woman who tweeted the pictures of her, told The Blaze in an interview that she 'felt bad' for the pregnant woman.

'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,' she said.

Traffic went from bad to worse in Los Angeles yesterday as sections of the metropolitan area were shut down to make way for President Obama.

L.A. residents complained on Twitter that local commutes took upward of two hours because of road closures and traffic jams caused by the president's motorcade.

'I was literally sitting in the same spot on La Brea through 5 red lights then they put up road closures,' a resident named Lilly Cook said in a tweet.

'I'm voting for the Republican next election....If I vote. #Obamatraffic #SorryHillary,' tweeted Anthony Luce.

Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar tweeted a photo compilation of the traffic jam Obama created near her house with the caption: 'This is what happens when Obama comes to your hood. So much for groceries and dry cleaning #ObamaJam'

Even celebrities were annoyed with traffic created by Obama's motorcade. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar tweeted this photo compilation of the traffic jam Obama created near her house. 'This is what happens when Obama comes to your hood,' she said. 'So much for groceries and dry cleaning #ObamaJam'

Even celebrities were annoyed with traffic created by Obama's motorcade. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar tweeted this photo compilation of the traffic jam Obama created near her house. 'This is what happens when Obama comes to your hood,' she said. 'So much for groceries and dry cleaning #ObamaJam'

Oblivious: Despite widespread complaints about his motorcade clogging up traffic, Obama thought it would be a good idea to make one more stop in L.A. this afternoon

Oblivious: Despite widespread complaints about his motorcade clogging up traffic, Obama thought it would be a good idea to make one more stop in L.A. this afternoon

The president made a surprise visit to Canter's Deil. He is pictured here talking about his basketball game with customers

The president made a surprise visit to Canter's Deil. He is pictured here talking about his basketball game with customers

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Comment by Cee Gee on July 28, 2014 at 10:52am

SO what!  She still had the baby in the hospital....always blaming black people for s hit!

Comment by Susette Bookal on July 28, 2014 at 9:25am
Everything worked out well for her and the baby! She didn't indicate to the police that she was in labor but some attention seeker had to run to twitter to start a blame game. Guess a Republican president won't cause any street closures when he's in town.
Comment by Jerome S [ Barz ] on July 28, 2014 at 1:06am
SOME PEOPLE will cry if he never came through their towns and some people will cry when he does. Just can't be friggn nice to everybody, let them cry. Tears could be their "soup for the soul". Then shut up.
Why omit their local authorities from their little, blame game?
Comment by Bombahdrop on July 27, 2014 at 7:22pm
Oh Lawwd.
Comment by Country Boy on July 27, 2014 at 3:28pm
If "blaming Obama" makes you feel better, well, blame the "black President" and lets forget that Presidents before him did worse and Presidents after him will do worse.
Comment by Joseph A on July 27, 2014 at 12:27am
Hey, some people are blaming him for every God Damm thing that's going wrong with this country, so what's one more..he should have stop the car and let her cross, how dear him!
Comment by DaRadiant1 on July 27, 2014 at 12:22am
Melinda I'm from SC ! And U are right what Bush did. I-20 was backed the hell up!
Comment by Melinda Thompson on July 27, 2014 at 12:16am
Well when Bush came to SC, roads to and from airport, major interstates, bridge's, and side roads were closed for 15 miles. So why such a big deal with President Obama. He is not the first the closures were done for and sure will not be the last. Get a grip people that is reality
Comment by DaRadiant1 on July 26, 2014 at 10:33pm
Well damn !

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