President Obama's visit to Houston is playing havoc with morning traffic. 

After attending a $15,000-per-plate fundraiser in River Oaks, the president spent the night at the Crown Plaza Hotel.  Some key roadways around the city will be closed until noon...

"I was just coming for an interview and had to detour around the back of downtown; Louisiana's closed so I had to figure my way out."

Bystanders who saw the First Couple's motorcade tell our TV partner Local-2 they had mixed feelings about his visit.  Some used the occasion to protest his policies, including his inaction on the Keystone XL Pipeline...

"We would like to get some attention.  We'd like to get the attention of the president as well as the community."

The president is on his way to Austin to attend the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  He's criss-crossing the state after speaking yesterday at the memorial for soldiers  killed in last week's rampage at Fort Hood.

President in Houston


After the memorial, President Obama came to Houston to attend a $15,000 per person fundraiser with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. It was held at the home of local attorney, John Eddie Williams.


Several roads were be closed and some traffic will be redirected till noon today.


Streets immediately surrounding the Crowne Plaza at 1700 Smith will be closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Smith will be closed at Andrews; Pease and Jefferson will be closed at Louisiana; and Brazos will be closed at Jefferson. There will be no access from Pease to I-45 North or Jefferson from I-45 South. Access will be open on St. Joseph Parkway to I-45 North.

UPDATE 1: Here's a map of the street closures.

UPDATE 2: They're flying into IAH/intercontinental, not EFD. April 9 3:45pm - April 10 10:15am.

UPDATE 3: Metro is planning to place information on the METRO stops with information on alternate stops and route changes related to the street closures.