October 21st, 2010 5:33 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, City Hall, Cops and Courts

Obama Visit: Mayor Adams Was 'In the Motorcade'


Like other elected officials, Mayor Sam Adams makes his calendar available to reporters and members of the public.

This entry for yesterday's presidential visit seemed to indicate Adams would be part of the contingent greeting President Obama as he arrived in Portland to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzahaber.


But people at the airport did not see Adams among those awaiting the president on the tarmac. Nor was Adams among the elected leaders Obama recognized at last night's event at the Oregon Convention Center.

So where was the mayor?

Here's the response mayoral spokesman Roy Kaufmann provided this morning via email:
Mayor Adams was not scheduled to attend last night's campaign event. He was at the airport yesterday for the president's arrival, and as Police Commissioner, Mayor Adams took the opportunity of this presidential visit to learn what's asked and expected of the Police Bureau in a visit of this prominence.

This being the first presidential visit to the Portland region in both the mayor's and Police Chief Reese's tenure, Mayor Adams then participated in a ride-along with Chief Reese to understand first-hand the challenges of providing security and public safety for the head-of-state's visit.

So when he was at PDX, did Adams greet Obama or not?

"The approach we coordinated with the White House was for the mayor to be in the motorcade. I believe members of the Congressional delegation and state leaders greeted the president," Kaufmann wrote.

(Photo: Vivian Johnson)
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