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Obama street fortified; Hyde Park Blvd near Obama home closed

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CHICAGO--The Obama home fronts on one side on a residential street with large single family homes. But the Obama home is exposed to traffic on the busy Hyde Park Blvd. The Obama house also faces a variety a apartment windows on the Hyde Park side.

Pool report from Abdon Pallash, Chicago Sun-Times talks about stepped up security for the president elect, who wrapped up a day of planning for his transition at the office of his friend, John Rogers' Ariel financial founder.

from Pallasch....

After six hours at Ariel, Obama was driven back to his home where a lid was declared at 5:36 p.m.

One other point - Hyde Park Blvd. next to the Obama family home is now closed for a block on either side of the house in addition to Obama's own street being closed off.

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Do whatever it takes to keep this man and his family safe (written with tears of joy still welling up in my eyes).

That's all try to get within a mile of President Bush's ranch or the VP's residence.

The most important thing now is to keep Obama and his family safe...whatever that takes...the greatest threat comes from within the country, not from the so called 'terrorists' but from mccain and palin's hate loving followers (shame n them for encourage such outrage)...Please keep him safe for the sake of everyone in the country!!

The adjacent lot that the Rezko's bought and sold is now pretty important for the security of PEOTUS. I wonder if the Obamas will buy it. They clearly need that space to keep the house secure.

WHATEVER IT TAKES!!!!

We are relieved that the Secret Service is actively protecting President-Elect Obama.

It is heartening to learn that so much attention is paid to allowing Obama to remain in his own home, safely, and to enjoy the appreciation and adulation of crowds.

We join with so many in the country and the world in seeing Obama welll protected, so that is that all safety will come to this thoughtful, intelligent leader to give him the well earned opportunity make his mark on the U.S. and on the world.

It is such a shame this is how it has to be. I do understand why. And I DO want my President Elect and his wonderful family SAFE! I just wish this was not how it is.


To the minority people out there, this can be considered our REPARATION.

To quote a friend of mine. "We have 50 states and the White House"


Good. Protect our new Pres and First Fam.

Let's get this right Washington.

A lot of people are willing to keep the good feelings going and work however we need to strengthen the middle class again.

Will be cool if a green econ or something propels us to greatness like the internet boom bouyed us for a while in 1990s, just it'd have to not be so speculative to last.


It is a prudent move. There are many right wing wackos who would seek to harm our president-elect. All precautions need to be taken to protect him and his family. Continue to keep a vigilant watch over them and their home please.

WE WANT HIM TO ALWAYS BE SAFE AND OF COURSE HIS
FAMILY AS WELL!
THANKS TO THE SECRET SERVICE AND ALL PEACE
OFFICERS!
THE MAN HAS ENOUGH ON HIS PLATE WITHOUT DEALING
WITH SECURITY ISSUES!

obama should move out to a safer, more secure place and leave his old home as a historial building.

Obama should move out to a safer, more secure place and leave his old home as a historial building.

The fact that serving on a Board with Bill Ayers led to such media frenzy and distortions is fed by columnists like you who are unable to simply report on a soccer game without making sure to slip in Mr. Ayer's name.... shameful!!


That is a good thing. Take good care of him & his family please.

The President-elect, Barak Obama, deserves all the security for him and his family for the sake of the country.

I am sure those people directly affected by such measures understands the reasons for the closure and the need for the action. It is a small price to pay for the dream they voted for on 4th November 2008.

May God bless Obama, and may He also bless the United States America and 'United States of' Nigeria!!!

Why make this public? Why would anyone need to know the little details? Why not only reveal what is absolutely needed like the street closing? I think this is very sloppy, even reckless reporting.

Definitely protect them well (thank you!), and even better would be to move them out... right away. Life will never be the same for them anymore, anyway, and the neighbors have to deal with all this, too.

President Elect Barack Obama and his family deserve to be protected. Afterall, were not the past President Elects and their families protected? I really don't see why anything other than street closings were reported.

I think that you are divulging top secret information about our President Elect and his family with reckless abandon. Please stop doing this!

Interesting, but is it news? Don't you agree that the President Elect should be protected? Some might say more heavily that Presidents of the past.

I don't believe any "top secret information" was divulged. Everything mentioned in the article is what we should and do expect every time a new president (and VP) is elected. The "top secret stuff" certainly won't be published. The exact same type of perimeter protection is surrounding Joe Biden's home.

This is great that the first family is being protected. Yet, I think that the old "Pope Mobile" should now be converted into an "Obama Mobile" for the president's safekeeping when he's out and about. Also, he needs a bulletproof vest. I can't fathom the thought of anything happening to our beloved president-elect OR for that matter any member of his family, now or when they move into the white house. PLEASE KEEP OBAMA AND HIS FAMILY SAFE! Don't forget the unthinkable that happened on the television series 21. NO, NO Not my Obama.

Or family is beside itself. It is a great day for America. The Obamas must be protected at all costs. There are a lot of nuts out there. But how great is it that Iowa, a state that is like 97% elected him by 9 points there. I live in Brooklyn and at 11 when he was elected everyone started screaming OBAMA!!!! out there window.

Our next president needs to be guarded to the utmost. He is literally priceless, a once every few generations kind of fellow. One thing everyone needs to realize is that the Secret Service is VERY good. Rest assured that whatever information is released to the media, like the "tempting inside details" in the article we all just read, there are multiple additional layers of very imaginative measures being taken. It isn't this metaphorical "pair of feisty pit bulls" they've told us about that's doing the real protecting. It's the "six bigger, meaner, really dangerous rottweilers" they haven't mentioned. God bless Mr. Obama and his wonderful family. I feel hope I've not felt since I was a kid watching Bobby Kennedy on TV.

I've been having a fantasy that the Bush / Cheney folk will move Cheney out of the Naval Observatory early and the Obamas will move in. Yes, yes, it's a fantasy. But gosh, isn't Darth Cheney never there? Isn't he in some underground hideout? Or maybe there's another house there where the Obamas could stay? Just a thought.

Keep President Elect Obama and his family safe, by whatever means necessary.

May God put extra angels around him. Please God, keep this great man safe; we need him to reconcile this country with others and make this nation great again, so please God protect President Obama. In Jesus name, AMEN!!!

Whatever it takes....need more donations for extra Secret Service....yes we would! We love him!!!! I don't think he should speak publicly without bullet proof glass all around him..not just a few feet on the sides. Maybe a Pope-Mobile. Seriously, we have too many whack jobs with guns!
KEEP OBAMA SAFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good. Working in the open atmosphere of colleges most of my life where pretty much anybody can walk anywhere, I'm not a big fan of security, but even someone like me can see clearly that the secret service would be negligent not to be deadly serious about beefing up all avenues of security for the first African-American president. It's an _especially_ serious concern after such a power transition as this election represents. Race is the least of Obama's concerns really. And it's going to require adequate funding from Congress.

Let's hope they can accomplish it less obtrusively than the Popemobile without appearing like a police state. Seeing him in crowds makes me very nervous. Maybe some airport advances in weapons detection combined with micromanaging crowd flow can help?

Besides the Secret Service for his family I hope that extra steps will be taken when he goes out in public. More agents as well as I hope all Presidents wear a vest.Plus Michelle and children as they try to have a normal life for the next 4 years. God Bless !!!!

I live in Washington, DC and I do not feel this is adequate security, however, I am hoping there are many details they are keeping secret. I did not hear that there were police cars stationed at the road closures or if foot traffic was stopped. Also, there needs to be a gate installed at the rear of the house with security cameras and a secret service agents. I would also like for all incoming mail and deliveries to be treated like the mail that comes to the White House. They scan and double check it carefully. Lastly, I would like there to be a no fly zone within two miles of his house. Oh, I also want increased security at the school the girls attend and the mother-in-laws home. They need to ride in a bullet-proof car and not make their schedules public too far in advance. Somehow we need to block the view of the apartment windows and roof. Trash pickup needs to be monitored. Okay! This should be enough until he gets to DC where we have the FBI, CIA, MPD, DEA, ATF, Capitol Police, Metro Police, University Police, and many others who can protect him.

JACKIE YOU ARE HIRED!
THANKS FOR LOOKING OUT FOR THE 44TH PRESIDENT!
YOU HAVE DOTTED YOUR I'S AND CROSSED YOUR T'S!
THE SECRET SERVICE HAS DONE A WONDERFUL JOB
PROTECTING THE GREAT OBAMA FAMILY!
I KNOW YOU WILL BE AT THE INAGURATION!
WASHINGTON, D.C. WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!
JANUARY 20, 2009 A DAY THAT WE WILL ALL REMEMBER!

We cannot stress this enough. WHATEVER IT TAKES! our country, if not the entire world is on the immediate threshold of positive change. Our future president and his family needs the protection our leaders have always recieved and deservedly so. Please keep our First family safe.

OK people that are trying to give detailed security advice to Obama for security !! LOL!!! how funny! oh wait, you were serious?

This is the Secret Service and they even have the FBI assisting. Do you really think you know how to secure him and they don't? You have got to be kidding.

Even then, we are talking about Harvard grad Obama, his wife, and all his staff which are way smarter than any of us (well run campaign don't you think?). I don't think they need your technical advice.

I'm sure they appreciate us all giving him support and not being negative, but saying things like they should put cameras on the back fence and they should check his mail makes you look like a moron.

Actually I think Jackie brought up some very good points. No one is infoulable and we are all human. To even emply that the thoughts of a people who are witnessing the first in hopefully many steps for americans, as being the thoughts of morons? what negativity on your part. for what its worth jackie i think your ideas are great and negativity and sarcasam has no bearing on your thoughts, so dont let it steal your joy.

THUS SAID THE LORD"IF ANYONE SHOULD HARM THE ANNOINTED,HE/SHE AND LL INVOLVED WILL BE VANQUISHED".AMEN!!!!!!!

STEVEN WILLIAMS OF PALMDALE CALIFORNIA WHO IS NOW
THE CITY MANAGER OF OUR FAIR CITY.; TO BE THE STATEMAN FOR THE OBAMA WHITEHOUSE. HE WOULD MAKE
A GOOD AMBASORDOR TO THE COURT OF SAINT JAMES. I AM TAKING HIS PLACE AS THE PALMDALE CITY MANAGER
FOR TWO YEARS..
I WILL TALK MMORE ABOUT IT AT THE INAUGARATION.
I HOPE TO BE IN CHICAGO NEXT WEEK. IF I CAN SEE YOU MR. PRESIDENT. PLEASE E-MAIL ME

THANK YOU VERY MUCH
LOUIS HARRIS
37850 20TH STREET EAST H-2
PALMDALE, CALIFORNIA-93550

I hope he gets impeached. I am a McCain fan. i hate Obama!!!!!!!!! HE is a devil!

Go OBAMA go? You just made history. I never thought I see the day when we would have a african american president. Obama deserve to be in the white house. He worked so hard. Go Obama help change America. Like you said YES WE CAN.

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