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'Starmageddon': President rolls past spectators, arrives at Clooney's home

May 10, 2012 |  8:28 pm

Obama visit

Even in this celebrity-laden neighborhood, a presidential motorcade rolling down the street is something special.

About 200 people gathered at the corner of Fryman Canyon and Iredell Street to cheer as President Obama glided past in a long line of black SUVs, CHP officers on motorcycles and other vehicles. The problem was figuring out which one held the president.

Obama didn't stop or roll down a window to wave as the motorcade went by and turned up Iredell to the Studio City estate of actor George Clooney. Devin Arnold, 14, who came with a buddy to catch a glimpse of the president, said he was "a little disappointed."

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"In the first car there were like seven Obama lookalikes!" Devin said.

His father, Danny Arnold, an airport police officer, explained the need for tight security: "The days of open presidential vehicles and shaking hands are over."

Ellen Bryon, who brought her 12-year-old daughter, Eliza Remillong, said the girl at first couldn't understand the excitement. "She said I was acting like Obama was Justin Bieber," said Bryon, a TV writer.

The president has arrived at Clooney's estate and traffic is flowing freely in the area.


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 -- Catherine Saillant in Studio City

Photo: A group of young women share cell phone photos of President Obama's motorcade in Studio City. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times