Charleston Prepares For Bush Visit

By: Jennifer Cottrill
By: Jennifer Cottrill

He's one of the most powerful people in America, and tomorrow night: President George W. Bush will make a stop in Charleston. And if you live or work in the city his visit could affect you tomorrow.

President Bush is making a stop in Charleston for a private event but the visit is more like a public affair.

The event tomorrow is for Shelley Moore Capito, she says "I think anytime the President of the United States comes to our state we welcome him with open arms and that's what we plan on doing".

But to make way for the president and his entourage -- traffic patterns will change in Charleston.
When the motorcade comes through roads downtown will be blocked and on some streets--no parking allowed.

But if you plan to protest Mayor Danny Jones is working with you "We realize people want to protest want to give them an area, at least in this city, where they can be seen, be heard” says Mayor Jones.

The one place you can protest – the Southside Bridge. It’s a place the President is guaranteed to cross.

Officer Jerry Hill with the Charleston Police Department says "There's going to be several places people can't get through certain streets just like any typical visit."

But the visit is not that typical. The president is headed to this private estate on Louden Heights Road. Banks Sheperd lives nearby "two thousand of his closest friends in the neighborhood.. That's a pretty big event for our neighborhood" said Sheperd.

Tomorrow night's event is a fundraiser for congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito. Of course, she and the president are no strangers. She's bringing him for support to run for re-election this November. Her opponent Mike Callaghan will also have an event here in Charleston tomorrow night. But the president won't be making a stop there, Mayor Danny Jones says you should expect most changes to be made between four and seven tomorrow evening.

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