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One false move

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 17 November 2011 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

US President Barack Obama is in Canberra for a two day visit. The city has been in lockdown for the duration. This morning, I took up position along the motorcade route in the hope of at least getting a few candid crowd shots. Today's shot is the closest I got to Obama's Cadillac, nicknamed "The Beast".

The cyclist in the orange shirt was about to cross the intersection - in the middle of the motorcade! He veers away at the last moment as a police officer cuts in front of him. That's Obama in the car on the left.

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myky from Ontario, Canada

I'm sure the officer would have tackled him if he hadn't veered away!
Interesting specs on "The Beast" as well as the entourage for this trip!

17 Nov 2011 5:22am

@myky: As well as ground support, two F-18 Super Hornet jets have been circling day and night. Hard to sleep with all that buzz!

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Très belle scène de rue très belle couleurs et luminosité splendide.

Bravo et belle journée

17 Nov 2011 6:45am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

C'est pas marrant par chez toi ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

17 Nov 2011 7:03am

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

high action and drama in this image, the 'beast' i like the name...

17 Nov 2011 7:19am

Z from Shanghai, China

what a fresh shot of the latest event! Great capture!

17 Nov 2011 7:46am

fereshteh. from Iran

Beautiful view ..............

17 Nov 2011 9:33am

mayoline from Netherlands

A terrorist on a bike?????? ;-))
Beautiful clouds in this bright and clear picture!!

17 Nov 2011 9:41am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent shot.. Shadow of the car make it look like the police office running with a knife in his hand..

17 Nov 2011 9:54am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Don't these guys get a little nervous and jumpy!
I thought the false move was Obama kissing Gillard - yuck!!

17 Nov 2011 9:59am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

They have many thing to blame themself to need this securty ! Phil

17 Nov 2011 10:03am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

You gotta give it to the Presidential security service. They know how to completely screw a whole town , county, country. We've just learnt that there will be 2000 CIA personnel covering the Olympic games next year in London. Oh well, I guess that's a perk of the job of being an "MiB"!

17 Nov 2011 10:41am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Great documentary shot !

17 Nov 2011 11:02am

arvin from sari, Iran

wow...Register did a nice picture ...
Very nice..

17 Nov 2011 12:43pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

great shot, was the cyclist told off for cycling in the presence of a US president. He caused the same chaos when he visited the UK but I only remember the incident when the "Beast" grounded on a gate stake coming out of the US embassy

17 Nov 2011 12:50pm

@Jules: Thanks, Jules. The local police were pretty good as they too realized the security was way over the top. The Beast had a smooth run on our roads – they must have filled in all the pot holes for his motorcade run. There is a great clip on youtube of the Beast stuck on that road in Dublin. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BvABn7L_So

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

eine gute Szene. Auch gut mit den Schatten und der Spiegelung an dem weißen Auto.

17 Nov 2011 1:13pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Either the cyclist is incredibly naive or just plain stupid!! Any sudden move in the direction of the POTUS is usually met with overwhelming force. Well seen and captured Stephen! ;-)

17 Nov 2011 1:18pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks, Eric. Yes - and in the convoy line after the limo is a van with its back up – so the Men in Black can point their guns out!

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Interesting capture of a fleeting moment. Personally I'm completely sick of American power trips. I really like your processing here.

17 Nov 2011 1:34pm

@Williams: Thanks, Williams. This proved to be a very expensive power trip for a 21 hour visit!

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

I expect he was very disappointed not to be able to see you at close quarters ! :-)

17 Nov 2011 1:59pm

tataray from france, France

Oupssssssss.... distrait !... ))
Belle scène.

17 Nov 2011 2:02pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Excellent timing and location to get this dramatic shot as the Presidential motorcade passes by Stephen! That car certainly is a beast, isn't it? :-)

17 Nov 2011 2:27pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What a striking scene you've caught Stephen! How provocative! Wishing him (the cyclist) the best of luck!

17 Nov 2011 2:48pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wow ! I think he went to police department :)

17 Nov 2011 3:22pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Nice documentary image of how society feels everything has to stop for our leaders of state.

17 Nov 2011 3:44pm

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon,, Canada

That is wonderful Stephen and a perfect moment. I saw President Reagan's motorcade and actually
could see him for a time, when I was in NYC in the early 80's. Otherwise I never went out for things
like this. Superb photo.

17 Nov 2011 4:32pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

i love the beautiful cloudy sky above, the orange shirt cyclist is a perfect contrast in the view.

Exclusive documentary !

17 Nov 2011 4:33pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A personal and vivid moment from your always entertaining lens, Stephen. That cyclist is fortunate not to have been brought down forcibly! When Obama was first elected, he made his first foreign visit to our nation's capital city of Ottawa. At one point he veered impulsively from the official itinerary, and went to a market to meet "small folk" and buy a few things. The security personnel were freaking out.

17 Nov 2011 4:45pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Superb capture! Wonder if the officer tackled him? ;-)

17 Nov 2011 4:52pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent image friend ... The precise time and your attention to point!.A hug, Adela

17 Nov 2011 5:05pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A cool shot motorcade and action at the intersection. I'm glad the police didn't overreact.

17 Nov 2011 5:20pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you I guess. Lovely light here

17 Nov 2011 5:39pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Interesting street scene at a well choosen moment !! Policeman is vigilant, it's his job... but i think that Obama doesn't much have to be afraid of this poor quiet cyclist... :-))

17 Nov 2011 5:39pm

Allan Clark from Dunedin, New Zealand

grate shot

17 Nov 2011 6:21pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

The police officer is taking his job seriously. Quite a turn out to see the beast passing by.

17 Nov 2011 7:20pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

neat capture. looks like we are stuck with each other:))

17 Nov 2011 7:32pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great capture of an unsuspecting moment, and a beautiful day too!

17 Nov 2011 9:46pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A very interesting report

17 Nov 2011 9:50pm

franz from Baden, Austria

cool compo, considering it's an impromptu shot! i guess the biker was lucky ...

17 Nov 2011 9:58pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

yes! a potential terrorist on a bike ;D

17 Nov 2011 10:55pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Well documented...nice shot! Good thing he was not shot by the secret service.

17 Nov 2011 11:21pm

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

Is that your traffic police?
They wear base ball caps there?

17 Nov 2011 11:29pm

JMS* from CHONBURI, Thailand

Le zèle ridicule du préposé en fragrant délit.
Bien capté!

18 Nov 2011 12:56am

janina from Melbourne, Australia

Says it all...love it! stars. :OD

18 Nov 2011 1:04am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

great candid! nice colours and great clarity

18 Nov 2011 6:24am

philippe from moselle, France

la foule est bien tenue en respect, plutôt pas intérêt d'approcher !!!
belle scène de rue Stephen ....

22 Nov 2011 5:03pm

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