Obama stayed at Bloomington Sheraton, employee at neighboring business tells us

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Obama pic by Steve Cohen for City Pages
-- Update and more photos at bottom --

April Clark McDonald, an employee at Lifetouch photography, was reminded about where President Obama was staying during his overnight trip to the Twin Cities the hard way yesterday morning.

Driving to work, McDonald was stopped at a makeshift barricade by a Bloomington cop. "Where are you going?" he asked.

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That barricade was just outside the entrance to the Bloomington Sheraton -- formerly the Hotel Sofitel -- the luxury hotel at the intersection of Interstate 494 and Highway 100 that Obama stayed in last night, according to McDonald.

Once she got through the barricade, McDonald snapped this pic, which she later posted to Facebook:

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April McDonald
McDonald's caption: "So President Obama is staying at the hotel next to my work. That made it extremely hard to get in today. Not cool Mr. Pres, not cool. Blocked off EVERY road."

"They started blocking off things [Wednesday]," McDonald tells us. "They took buses and parked 'em in a line about halfway around the building, and police and security are blocking off streets to get up to my building."

McDonald said she arrived at work at 7:30 a.m., many hours before the president's arrival, and initially parked in the Sheraton lot. But since it was already filled with "20 different police cars," she decided to park elsewhere and avoid the inevitable end-of-day hassle.

"I decided to move because I didn't want to get blocked in," McDonald says. "At that time the Secret Service was coming out and walking around the building and stuff."

Asked how she knew all the fuss was for Obama and not somebody or something else, McDonald says Lifetouch employees were told by one of their bosses during a meeting on Tuesday that the president would be staying at the Sheraton. But she figured as much earlier that day, as it was clear unusual security preparations were already underway outside the hotel.

We tried to confirm Obama's presence at the Bloomington Sheraton with a manager at the 282-room hotel -- an $8 million renovation of it got underway last fall -- but he tells us that as a general practice, hotel staff doesn't comment on specific guests.

For more photos of the barricade and an additional anecdote from McDonald, click to page two.


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Bruce Walker
Bruce Walker

When you can learn to spell out a sentence , without having to Edited , get back to me . Tell it's none of your fucking business .

Jingle Bellz
Jingle Bellz

That's really here nor there and has nothing to do with integrity. Why do you even care how a stranger decides to present herself on social media? It seems like you might need a hobby. Or at least something else to do besides trying to be tough from behind your keyboard.

Julie Silverman
Julie Silverman

My only gripe is that they didn't choose a better route for the motorcade. In the area I live SW Mpls/NW Edina between rush hour traffic, bridge closures, heavy road construction, detours AND the closures of 62 and 100 for the motorcade we were practically landlocked for a couple of hours. Good thing nobody in our neighborhood needed an ambulance because I doubt one could have reached our area in a reasonable amount on time. :-(

Mark Boettcher
Mark Boettcher

It's funny how people will talk on Facebook knowing that in real life most of them would hush up and keep quiet in hopes that they weren't being rude. Oh technology. Personally I'd say this crap to you if you were standing 2ft away. All in all, I guess I've learned something. Don't comment on stuff on Facebook because your opinion doesn't matter, the plus side is that I only need validation from my friends, I don't feel the need to be validated by randoms on the interwebs.

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

You gripe like such a typical woman Lily... stop being such a stereotype.

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

How about communist china? Or somewhere in the middle east?

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

Not sure why you don't have the integrity to post as yourself. Apparently, you aren't a big enough person. It is ok though, the world needs the meek and pathetic...

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

The irony of this whole thing is, anyone who would go whining to the City Pages about this is likely someone who would have voted for this ass-clown in the first place!

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

Says the inbred swearing in their post and posting under a fake name...

Ben Olufson
Ben Olufson

without giving too much away, let's just say peanut butter got involved.

Matt Mortensen
Matt Mortensen

How about Air Force One, there is a bed and shower already on it. And here's the best part, we've already paid for it

Matt Mortensen
Matt Mortensen

Yeah but people still shouldn't get fucked with going to the one place they need to to support there family

Tammy Belka
Tammy Belka

Is this what a The Kids mean when they say, "that's so meta?" A story about butthurt launches comment thread about butthurt. It's a double rainbow of butthurt. Well, as the innernettes also say, #ThanksObama

Tammy Belka
Tammy Belka

Isn't he supposed to live under ground in some illuminati cave hooked up to a series of tubes? I kid! Troll, Andrew Berg, don't take me seriously.

Bruce Walker
Bruce Walker

Tell that POS go and sleep on the plane we are paying for , that would be better than making it hard on the WORKING people , who the fuck invited him anyways . To bad he didn't have a heart attack after eating that juicy lousy yesterday , As you can tell I didn't vote for this FAKE POS , So your comments mean NOTHING to me , He's your President not mine .

Pflava Pflav
Pflava Pflav

I'm sure this is the only person that was inconvenienced. This happens everyday in NYC due to film crews, you're not cool.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

What a fantastic piece of Journalism! Way to go Rupar, you'll make a great democrat reporter for ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC......................................

Ben Olufson
Ben Olufson

Jesus Christ. first of all, who cares about your one day, five minute hassle? secondly, how is this even worth noting in any sort of news circulation? wait a minute, I just burned my toast. care to buy the rights to the story?

Nancy McGrath
Nancy McGrath

This is different from every other president (since say Lincoln) how? Not like the visit was unannounced.

Laura Fuhr Atol
Laura Fuhr Atol

Ryane L Pearson...Sofitel is now a Sheraton. Radisson South is now a Doubletree.

Laura Fuhr Atol
Laura Fuhr Atol

Bill Murashie...The Doubletree is the old Radisson South. The Sheraton is the old Sofitel. He stayed at the Sheraton.

Laura Fuhr Atol
Laura Fuhr Atol

Remember when Gerald Ford stayed there when he was President.

Michael Chambers
Michael Chambers

I don't understand your comment Marc. Even if Andrew Berg were wrong and these workers are non-union / didn't have healthcare before the ACA, what does the ACA have to do with this visit being a waste of taxpayer money, drain on resources and a pain in the butt for all of the people that need to be somewhere? I mean look, Obama is here giving nothing more than lip service about the economy and he's shutting down commerce to do so. That doesn't make much sense does it? He could make this speech from Washington.

Bill Murashie
Bill Murashie

Actually it is a double tree now. Not a Sheraton.

Anne Castro
Anne Castro

Get over it. It's what happens when POTUSes visit. But in the "blame Obama for everything" worldview, it clearly only happens when the black man in the White House comes to visit.

Dara Drager
Dara Drager

It is ridiculous that you had to wait. I agree with you

Jingle Bellz
Jingle Bellz

Andrew, even if you disagree with what the president is doing, which is what I gather from you, the president will always visit. You can never stop it and it is a way for the POTUS to maintain contact with this area. Do the world a favor and get the fuck over yourself. You seem to be taking up too much oxygen and are not letting it get to your brain to make good choices with your words.

Chris Porto
Chris Porto

Sounds like less than a hassle I deal with on a daily basis with no off street parking and living in uptown. This person Seriously needs to work on their coping skills. This person must have a super easy life if this was that much of a burden on them.

Chris Porto
Chris Porto

Cry me a river. sorry you were slightly inconvenienced.

Ryane L Pearson
Ryane L Pearson

I think it was actually Hotel Sofitel, next to Sheraton. It is across from my work too, and I had no issues with the commute.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Ass-clown? Lose about 100 lbs. and get back to us, lard-ass. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Learn English please - look up the difference between there, their and they're. Idiot!

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@kurt124 But he did a great job subbing for Matt McNeil on the Morning Grind (AM950), Hope you had a chance to listen. 

k2yeb
k2yeb

Not that much different than Bush. Just better spoken and a smarter liar.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Hotel Sofitel is no more - Sheraton bought it and changed it to their own brand.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@k2yeb You must be pretty stupid if you actually believe that.

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