The U.S. Secret Service clamped down tight on Addison Avenue in Palo Alto's historic Professorville area at about 5 p.m. today in preparation for a $30,000-a-head fundraising dinner with President Barack Obama.
Residents were told to park elsewhere, and were escorted to their homes by Palo Alto police officers, according to one resident of the 500 block of Addison, where the dinner/talk was to be held.
Obama was scheduled to speak at about 7 p.m.
Residents were asked to remain inside their homes and were told that if they came outside they would be asked to go back in, the resident said.
"This is all safety, you know," she said of the "minor hassle" of the checkpoint.
"It's kind of sad that the president of the U.S. is not safe" on the streets, she said.
But after 150 years or so of presidents being killed in office she wonders "why it took us so long to catch on" about presidents needing better protection.
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