This is how President Obama treats his friends. Oh, holiday joy!
Obama’s ill-timed trip turned Midtown into a parking lot for hours, and ticked off New Yorkers simply looking to get around as the President glad-handed fat cats from the Upper East Side to the East Village to the Sheraton New York.
At the same moments, pokey tourists were clogging the barricade-lined streets near Rockefeller Center — just a few blocks from Obama’s final stop — to watch as a 75-year-old Norway spruce was illuminated a little before 9 p.m.
“Every time Obama comes to New York, it’s a nightmare,” said Tom Hall, 52, who was trying to get home to the Upper West Side from Midtown. “It probably wasn’t a good idea to have both of these events the same night.”
Obama touched down at JFK at 5:14 p.m., zooming into Manhattan for a three-stop fund-raising blitz that wreaked havoc on Midtown streets and bus routes while aggravating commuters.
“I’m totally screwed getting home,” fumed Celeste Gold, 30, a who was struggling to walk home to Hells Kitchen. “I’ll be directed the whole way by police.”
At Gotham Bar and Grill on East 12th St., fans of the President paid more than $35,000 for an exclusive sitdown. On the Upper East Side, the price was $10,000 a head.
Elsewhere, the price was a lot of time and aggravation.
Read the rest at the New York Post and watch the video.
Update: The OWS crowd protesting his visit didn’t help matters.