The White House on Friday employed Marine One and Bob Hope Airport as part of a strategy to shuttle President Obama from USC to the Unum building in Glendale after the heat his administration took on the massive traffic jams caused by his last L.A. visit.
The president was flown on Marine One from LAX to USC, where he delivered a rally speech Friday morning for Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, who's facing a tough reelection challenge from former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina.
Marine One then shuttled Obama from USC to Bob Hope Airport, where his motorcade whisked him to the Unum building on North Central Avenue near the Ventura (134) Freeway for an interview with Univision Spanish-language radio host Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo.
From there, he was taken to LAX for departure.
Although his Glendale stop wasn't the planned public event held at USC, once word got out, politicos wasted no time in seizing the opportunity to make their statements.
"Queen Meg" and "Princess Carly" — the doppelganger actresses hired by unions to highlight their opposition to the Republican candidates — appeared near the cordoned-off site, posing for passersby and presidential well-wishers.
FOR THE RECORD: This corrects an earlier version to give the last name of Eddie Sotelo.