Obama motorcade delays woman in labor going to hospital, video shows

Obama motorcade
California Highway Patrol officers prepare to accompany the motorcade of President Barack Obama to a fundraising event in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
(Associated Press)

President Obama’s motorcade, never popular in traffic-choked L.A., is generating new attention after it appeared to delay a pregnant woman in labor from getting across the street to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon.

KNBC-TV captured the scene on video, including one clip that showed the woman sitting on a bus bench with the street in front of her closed.

KNBC interviewed a Los Angeles Police Department officer who said that as soon as the motorcade went through, an ambulance would be brought in for the woman.

“The first thing we’ll try to do is get in an ambulance,” he said.


Some in the crowd took to social media to show pictures and video of the unidentified woman while she sat on the bench, waiting to get to the hospital.

“This woman is in labor but can’t get to Cedars cuz of Obama!!!” witness Carrie Clifford tweeted, along with a picture of the woman.

Obama’s L.A. visit, which started Wednesday afternoon and continued Thursday, led to street closures in West Hollywood, downtown Los Angeles, Mid-Wilshire, Exposition Park, Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, among other areas. 

Medical staff from the hospital came to help the pregnant woman, witnesses said.


“A few people in scrubs are there now. Still no baby. Still no #Obama,” Clifford tweeted with a picture. 

The hashtag #ObamaBabyWatch started being used by onlookers.

There was no  immediate word on whether the baby had arrived. 

The story was also reported by the Blaze website.

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