If anyone is trying to knock off the President of the United States I think they are in for a huge challenge. Yesterday, with Obama's visit to Ottawa, (capital of Canada for you Americans, I know you thought it was Toronto
) I was blown away by the sheer scale of the security precautions put in place around him, although with the target the American President carries and the threat of ISIL I find it understandable.
Living in a national capital has a few unique traffic challenges like being being watchful around cars that have red diplomatic plates in traffic. I would assume some embassy staffers from third world countries are just not used to driving where there are rules of the road. Yesterday however with Obama's visit and the resulting security precautions it put a whole new spin on traffic. They shut down a main highway to the airport, the main traffic artery through the city, bridges, blocked canals and rivers, and main streets in the downtown core so he could travel safely by. Many downtown streets remained cordoned off the entire day. This in turn caused total and complete traffic grid lock which sucks when you are on a bike.
With hundreds of police devoted to sweeping buildings, sewers, tunnels and bridges along the route and keeping traffic and people far, far, away, as well as his own huge secret service security detail accompanying him, I would assume anyone trying to get close enough to fire an RPG, or detonate a bomb, is going to have an impossible challenge wherever he may travel. The level of security precautions in place for just one visiting VIP was truly staggering and must have run into the tens of millions of dollars for just the one day. In contrast other visiting dignitaries, even when they are heads of state, never generate road closures or these kind of security precautions.
Dropping a friend off at the airport yesterday morning, well before Obama's arrival, I noticed several large military looking helicopters parked in a cordoned off area. They were painted flat black with no markings. Just curious if anyone knows the purpose of these, assumed they were US secret service.