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Austin Says 'Thanks Obama!' for All the Traffic

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Pres. Obama speaking at UT in 2010.

Normally the "Thanks Obama" meme is reserved for things beyond the president's control: paper cuts and infomercial disasters, to name a few.

But Pres. Obama's visit to Austin today – and its effect on morning traffic ­– has more than a few Twitter users directing their gridlocked ire at the president. To the surprise of no one stuck in traffic, #ThanksObama is trending in Austin this morning.

Here's a roundup of what's out there:

This morning's delays and detours seem to be easing. But once the president concludes his speech at The Paramount this afternoon, expect a whole new collection of closures. 

For the latest on traffic conditions, follow another hashtag: #atxtraffic.

Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.
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