Wednesday, March 07, 2007

A Man After My Own Heart

So you may have heard of politicians having 'zipper problems.' Barack Obama doesn't appear to have one of those - but he does have another problem - a ticket problem.

This is pretty hilarious, as I do the exact same thing. I'm just impressed with how he got away with it for so long - Hell, it makes me want to vote for him more. ;-)

Obama attended Harvard Law School from 1988 to 1991. During his time at Harvard, Obama lived at 365 Broadway in Somerville, according to his parking tickets. Records from the Cambridge Traffic, Parking and Transportation office show that between Oct. 5, 1988 and Jan. 12, 1990 Obama was cited for 17 traffic violations, sometimes committing two in the same day. The abuses included parking in a resident permit area, parking in a bus stop and failing to pay the meter. Twelve of Obama’s 17 tickets were given to him on Massachusetts Avenue.


In one eight day stretch in 1988, Obama was cited seven times for parking violations and was fined $45. Thirteen of the 17 violations occurred within one month in 1988.


Obama’s disobedience of the rules of the road earned him $140 in fines from the City of Cambridge. The tickets went unpaid for over 17 years and $260 in late fees were added to the tab. On Jan. 26, the fines and late fees were paid in full. The final tally for Obama’s parking breaches was $400, according to Cambridge Traffic, Parking and Transportation.


Fight the Parking Power, Barack!

Linky Here: http://somervillenews.typepad.com/the_somerville_news/2007/03/obama_finally_p.html#more

2 comments:

aria ghafari said...

haha i just came to the blog to post the same story.

it's weird too cause i just got off the phone with the city of los angeles parking department figuring how much i owe them. everytime i pay a ticket i seem to get another one. i actually got one yesterday.

maybe ill one day be a good looking presidential candidate?

Taylor said...

He got off really lucky. If he'd done that in Westwood, he'd probably owe over 3000... they start off horrendously expensive and the late fees will kill you!