Meeting Obama ‘Awesome’ for NYC Traffic Agent

NEW YORK (AP) -
resident Barack Obama met traffic-enforcement agent Clarence Baugh in Manhattan on Tuesday. (Pete Souza/White House)
resident Barack Obama met traffic-enforcement agent Clarence Baugh in Manhattan on Tuesday. (Pete Souza/White House)

New York City motorists don’t appreciate having their cars towed to make way for a presidential motorcade. But President Barack Obama appreciates having a clear path in New York traffic.

Obama met with a traffic-enforcement agent who tows cars whenever he’s in town to thank him personally.

Clarence Baugh got a text message from the Secret Service to be outside the Waldorf Astoria on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., when the president was in New York to address the United Nations. When he arrived, he was told the president wanted to meet him inside.

“Clarence,” Obama said, “I appreciate everything you’re doing.”

Baugh says the experience was “awesome.”