Here’s something you don’t see everyday in downtown Cincinnati: A presidential motorcade. Realizing that President Bush would likely be traveling down Interstate 75-71 and then along Fort Washington Way and up Interstate 71 to Indian Hill, I decided to perch myself (and my Mom, who came down at the last minute) on top of the Carew Tower to watch it pass by. I brought the camera along.
It was really incredible to see. When I got to the top of the Carew Tower, plopped down my $2 and walked outside, I could see that northbound I-75/71 in Kentucky was shut down. A few minutes later police stopped traffic by Eighth Street on the Ohio side and shortly after that an array of red and blue blinking lights appeared over the Cut-in-the-Hill. Remarkable. It wound its way down to the river, over the Brent Spence Bridge and right beneath us on Fort Washington Way, and on over and up I-71 to the dinner that would net Sen. Mike DeWine some hefty cash. Regardless, cool to see.
The first photo shows the presidential limousine traveling along Fort Washington Way. The second shows a wider view of the whole caravan heading up Interstate 71 just east of downtown Cincinnati. Click on images to enlarge.