POTUS Stays Off Roads, Uses Marine One

By Lori Preuitt
|  Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011  |  Updated 3:00 PM PDT
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This is the president's mode of transportation during his Bay Area visit.

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It turns out President Barack Obama won't be making traffic trouble for the good folks of the Bay Area.

Air Force One touched down at SFO right on schedule at 1 p.m. Wednesday, but instead of hitching a limo ride down Highway 101, POTUS will jump on a waiting Marine One to fly to Palo Alto.

That means any worry for drivers along 101 near SFO could be dismissed.

The president's helicopter landed on a soccer field on the nothern edge of the Stanford campus. Crowds lined the route from on a soccer field near where Mr. Obama landed.

The presidential motorcade shut down Junipero Serra street, the gateway to Stanford’s popular ‘Dish’ recreation area, but a large crowd of people who had otherwise planned to be walking or running waved as the presidential limosine came past.

One supporter held up a sign saying, “Is Trump from Uranus? Birth certificate please."

Since Marine One is on duty, it can be assumed the president will use it for all his cross bay travel, meaning he will fly from Facebook to the City in the 4 p.m. hour.

Where Mr. Obama will spend the night is still a mystery.  He ends his evening at the Masonic Center and a speech scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m.

He also has dinner plans in Pacific Heights at the home of Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff's home. So there will be traffic ties ups for city streets in Nob Hill and Pacific Heights.

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