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Pregnant woman delayed by Obama's motorcade in Los Angeles


(Reuters) - A street closure caused by President Barack Obama's motorcade delayed a pregnant woman's crossing of a Los Angeles street to get to a hospital, police said Thursday, following an outcry on social media over the incident when some witnesses reported that the woman was in labor.

Police had closed off the street for the president's motorcade on Wednesday afternoon when he was in Los Angeles on a three-day fundraising swing for Democratic candidates.

The woman did not tell police at the scene of the street closure outside Cedars-Sinai Medical Center that she was in labor, said Los Angeles police spokesman Officer Bruce Borihanh.

"At no time did she ever need medical attention or ask for it, she just happened to be a pregnant woman waiting to cross the street while the motorcade was crossing," Borihanh said.

Unable to get across the street, the woman sat at a bus bench and two nurses, who also were waiting to cross the street, checked on her, Borihanh said.

As a precaution, officers summoned an ambulance for the woman, but by the time it arrived, the motorcade had passed and she had crossed the street and entered the hospital, he said.

KNBC reporter Robert Kovacik, who shot video of the woman waiting on his cell phone, and other witnesses at the scene, described the woman as being in labor.

"Woman in labor on bench as motorcade passes; not allowed to cross street to get to #CedarsSinai," Kovacik wrote on his Instagram account, where he posted the video.

A White House representative referred questions to Los Angeles police and the Secret Service.

"The Secret Service works closely with state and local police counterparts in planning for and conducting motorcade movements of our protectees," a Secret Service spokesman said.

He said the Secret Service had a policy, in the event of a medical emergency, of facilitating ambulances "in the fastest and safest way possible."

A spokeswoman for Cedars-Sinai declined to comment on the incident or whether the woman later gave birth, citing patient privacy laws.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Additional reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Bill Trott and Bernadette Baum)

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badellis July 25 2014 at 3:52 PM

IF SHE HAD TO GO TO A' PLANNED PARENTHOOD ABORTION CLINC' ,,,,HE, OBAMO WOULD HAVE STOPPED THE MOTORCADE..... WHAT A DICK HE IS...

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mgt0331 July 25 2014 at 3:56 PM

Funny how he always talks about the rich, well who the hell is paying 35k per plate at his "fund" raisers? Not union workers, not factory workers !!! Oh, the rich are only good when lining his pockets and his party. Got it now, thanks.

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Richard July 25 2014 at 4:00 PM

The fundraiser in chief. That is all he does Between destroying America and blaming everyone else.

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karbmj1 July 25 2014 at 3:43 PM

The world is in crisis: Ukraine, Syria, Gaza, Iraq, and our president is running around the country on tax payers dollars, stumping for more Democrats who are ruining our country. Meanwhile, Rome burns. Who's running America??????pathetic

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crowland503 July 25 2014 at 3:40 PM

Obama doesn't give a damn about Americans unless they make good photo-ops and pay thousands of dollars for his campaign fund raises.

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Shu Shu July 25 2014 at 4:02 PM

obama is an ******* that is all to say. Worse President we have ever had. Worse first lady we have ever had the whole clan needs to removed from the White House.

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mgt0331 July 25 2014 at 3:45 PM

You West Coast libberals make me sick. As long as it's not in your back yard, everything is ok. You elected this Pimp, so don't complain. He's always screwing us in NYC, so suck it lefties and take your medicine.

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Shu Shu July 25 2014 at 3:59 PM

We need to thank all the liberals who voted for this jerk. It shows how ignorant he is and the people who are in cabinet are.
He needs to be replace -- impeached

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sun1045 July 25 2014 at 3:34 PM

He caused a lot of mess and jams in Denver last week, too while he campaigned, total BS

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jebby1 July 25 2014 at 5:05 PM

The Jackass. The most transparent is instead the most obstructive. The Jackass blocks international stability, he blocks progress, and he even blocks the roadways so that Americans who really need to get someplace instead have to wait until the big Jackass gets out of the way.

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