Today US President Barak Obama is to arrive in Jerusalem, Israel
on Marine One, a special US presidential helicopter.
Spokesman Mark Regev spoke to foreign journalists and answered questions
at the Begin Center where a special press center has been set up for them.
But the real activity was out on the Jerusalem streets.
Workmen were busy painting the gates at Beit Hanasi,
the Israeli President’s residence.
Flags and barriers were set up outside,
and tents and more security barriers extend down the street.
Nearby flower beds were groomed and the fences white-washed,
but I wonder if they will do something about that mailbox?
Even new street crossing signs were installed along the route.
Traffic to Old City was backed up already;
people were out early since so many streets will be closed during the visit.
Flags and barriers were ready to make everything perfect for Obama.
Oops, how did this one red plant get there?
Near the King David Hotel more tents and barriers were ready,
as the entire hotel is reserved for presidential use.
These white barriers are new-they were not there for GW Bush visits.
There should be no line of vision once Obama arrives.
Certainly no taxis will be allowed in front of the King David Hotel and
these barriers will keep everyone far away from King David Street.
Oh and of course,
there are more barriers near the Prime Minister’s residence.
People in these neighborhoods will have to walk home if they can,
since many streets will be closed to pedestrians,
and the #13 bus will not be able to make its regular route.
As residents of Jerusalem complain about the inconvenience,
companies who rent security barriers have reason to celebrate.
This sign is posted in front of the American Center on
Keren Hayesod Street which sums it up with
the Hebrew caption coming from Obama’ s mouth that reads
“Here I Come.”
Today is the day,
ready or not Jerusalem, for
3 thoughts on “Jerusalem Prepares for Obama Visit”
Dear People of Israel, I’m sorry our President choose to visit so close to Passover; and make it so difficult to conduct normal holiday activities with his presence. I wish his timing would have been more considerate. I apologise on behalf of Americans who honor your customs and regret this inconvenience.
Thank you Linda, How special a commnent. It is crazy timing, but certainly not the biggest challenge for us..ok maybe me planning to spend day at ICC waiting for POTUS speech, but certainly never boring in Jerusalem either!
Sharon, I can’t believe you had time to take all these photos. This visit could have been timed better. Living near the President and the Prime Minister has some disadvantages…. The traffic back ups have been really annoying.