Streets reopen as President Obama, First Lady depart Houston for Austin

Streets reopen as President Obama, First Lady depart Houston for Austin

Credit: KHOU

Portions of the Hardy Toll Road and the Eastex Freeway were closed as the president’s motorcade left for Bush Intercontinental Airport early Thursday.

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by KHOU.com staff

khou.com

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 10 at 10:51 AM

HOUSTON – President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have wrapped up a political fundraising trip to Houston.

Houston TranStar showed the presidential motorcade leaving downtown shortly before 10 a.m.

Portions of I-45 North and the Hardy Toll Road were blocked off as the Obamas made their way to Bush Intercontinental Airport. Minutes later, the couple waved goodbye to a crowd that gathered in a secure area near Air Force One.

Many downtown streets were closed overnight, causing traffic congestion. The roads are expected to be fully reopened no later than noon.

Obama, accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, attended a fundraiser at the River Oaks home of a prominent donor on Wednesday night.

Michelle Obama stepped out for a meal with a friend in Houston's Neartown neighborhood, CultureMap reported.

The president will spend Thursday afternoon in Austin for a summit on the 1964 Civil Rights Act at the LBJ Presidential Library.

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