President Biden, please don’t come back to Park City. I’m sure you secured millions in donations from Parkites, and that’s great for you. However, the impact on locals was terrible.
My son couldn’t get to his reading tutor in Salt Lake. My wife waited in traffic for an hour going down Parleys. I couldn’t pick up kids from camp on time due to the interchanges at Jeremy Ranch, Kimball Junction, and Bitner Ranch being closed. It was crazy impactful and encapsulated the entire afternoon around Park City.
You might say, “well you should have just left earlier.” Perhaps, but there was no schedule posted. I get that, and that’s for good reason. Whoever has watched that fateful scene from the movie Clear and Present Danger, where Harrison Ford’s motorcade is attacked in Columbia, knows how secure you must be. So, I don’t begrudge the Secret Service for shutting down both sides of I-80 or shutting down underpasses. I get it.
That said, to borrow from another movie, “The only winning move is not to play.”
So please Joe Biden, never come back to Park City as a president. Future presidents, please don’t come to Park City. We may, in fact, donate to your campaign to have you NOT come. The really funny thing is that my 11 year-old, while stopped in traffic, looked into the sky and saw the military helicopter flying over the motorcade and said, “Why didn’t he just take that?”
Indeed. A military helicopter or two and a few F-35s from Hill Airfare base seems pretty secure.
As one of my friends said, “Well, I am DEFINITELY not voting for him now.” It’s Utah so my friend’s threat doesn’t really matter. However, perhaps the president should be really careful in scheduling trips to Ohio.