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Obama visit to L.A. brings protest by artists, more traffic complaints

President Obama lands at LAX amid protests from commuters, street artists
Angelenos tweet about protesters' street art made for Obama's visit to Southern California
Social media users in L.A. complain about traffic closures stemming from Obama's visit

President Obama landed at Los Angeles International Airport around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday amid protests from both commuters and street artists.

"POTUS has arrived at LAX," the Los Angeles Airport Police Department wrote in a tweet, including a photo of the president's airplane.

Website creators and Twitter users posted photos of street art listing Obama's "Scandals," a reference to his scheduled fundraiser at the home of Shonda Rhimes, the creator of the popular ABC television show "Scandal."

One website, The Blaze, posted about the street art, which included images on benches and posters. Words on the images, paired with Obama's face, include "Benghazi" and "NSA."

Other users responded or linked to the street art posts, saying things like "NICE!" and "You're gonna love this."

Twitter users reported the president arriving at LAX a few minutes after the scheduled landing time. The airport's Twitter account tweeted a photo of an aircraft, captioning it with "Marine One at LAX ready for President Obama to land in the City of Angels."

Throughout the day, social media users complained about street closures, many adopting the hashtags #Obamatraffic and #thanksObama. 

After Obama landed, one user tweeted: "Last time I checked we don't live in Gaza or Ukraine so idk why Obama can't use a helicopter to get around Los Angeles #ObamaTraffic".

"Welcome to California. Now go home. #ImpeachObama" another user wrote in a tweet. 

For breaking news in Los Angeles and the Southland, follow @Caitlin__Owens, or email her at caitlin.owens@latimes.com.

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