|9 North Carolina DOT dump trucks serve as a formidable barrier protecting The Lodge|
Besides the Secret Service presence that are more than 50 CMPD and Greensboro Officers blocking traffic and guarding the adjacent parking deck at the Harris Building.
One Greensboro Officer told CP that the area is now under the control of the Secret Service.
When asked if he had any idea who he was protecting he said, "They haven't told us anything" adding that they have no idea who they are protecting but he didn't think is was the President at this time.
CP's Take: They darn sure aren't guarding Justin Bieber. As a side note the Greensboro Officer did say that CMPD and the citizens of Charlotte have treated him very well, and that he was thrilled to be a part of this event. Odd seeing a Greensboro uniform in a CMPD Cruiser.
CP Update: The Charlotte Observer is still unable to confirm that the First Lady is in residence at The Lodge or that the President will overnight at the property on Wednesday. In fact the Observer continues to call it the Ballantyne Hotel and Resort which is somewhat incorrect. The official name is "The Lodge at Ballantyne".
No sign of HMX-1 staff or any "White Tops" being off loaded at CDIA according to sources that should know.
CP is left to assume that Marine One will not be in use. Therefore expect massive traffic tie-ups in Charlotte along 485 and 77 on Wednesday and Thursday as well as Friday.
CP Bonus Take: The level of security is epic. Which leads one to think there is some sort of threat beyond the normal nut cases and hate groups. In the past closing off a street would be plenty of protection and so the dump trucks are a pretty big surprise.