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It's Expected To Be Anything But Business As Usual In Austin For Presidential Visit

Updated: Wednesday, July 25 2012, 03:11 PM CDT

Just down the street from where President Obama is scheduled to attend campaign fundraisers Tuesday, business owner Emma Kate realizes she may not be much of a fundraiser at all, “It’s about 70 percent tourists that come in here, so a lot of foot traffic.”

The foot traffic and auto traffic she relies on to drive customers into her Etcetera, etc. boutique will likely come to a standstill as downtown takes an extended presidential pause so Mr. Obama can be safely moved about town.

 “I’ll be open.  I have to be open,” says Kate, who is expecting a slow--but maybe eventful-- day, “Hey maybe he’ll walk by...and send Michelle in here.  I’d love that.”

Downtown worker Sam Powell didn’t know about the president’s impending trip until Monday afternoon, “I don’t know how I missed the memo”.  He’s now anticipating a long lonely day at his Mac Works Austin office Tuesday, “Anytime the president rolls through town it impacts just about everybody whether it’s a business or an individual”.

But better to be bored at the desk than stuck in a sea of red lights.  Powell can still vividly recall the president’s last visit to town in 2011, “The only thing I can remember is being stuck on I-35”.

For a list of possible traffic delays, go to's Expected To Be Anything But Business As Usual In Austin For Presidential Visit

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