POTUS Cincinnati Visit to Avoid Downtown Because of FCC
It promises to be a busy Wednesday in the Queen City. The Cincinnati Reds play baseball at the Great American Ballpark at 12:35 tomorrow while The FC kicks off a nationally televised match against Atlanta United at 8:00 PM.
One thing that will not be happening downtown (at least not as far as official schedules go) is a visit from President Joe Biden, who will be in town tomorrow for remarks about his American Recovery Act and a televised Town Hall hosted by CNN. The official travel schedule, released by the White House today, includes a speech at a local union training facility and then the aforementioned town hall at Mount St. Joseph University. The FC took the opportunity to crow a bit on social media that the anticipated size of the game crowd likely made securing an area downtown for the event impossible.
Fan should note, however, that political visits often change without warning and “unscheduled” stops can and do occur as part of the visit. Political junkies may recall that Vice President Kamala Harris’s recent trip to the Queen City included an impromptu stop in Over the Rhine at blaCk Coffee Lounge, snarling traffic in the area as law enforcement and the Secret Service worked to secure the area. The President's official agenda for tomorrow, therefore, should not be taken as definitive; and it still remains possible that the President may make a stop somewhere in the downtown area (perhaps near a certain bridge that has been in need of replacing for over a decade).
The Incline is advising FCC supporters to arrive downtown early and avoid any traffic entanglements that inevitably occur when the city plays host to someone like the President of the United States.