Well the rumor I heard was the street was blocked because the President was coming through. It would have been nice if he chose some other time than rush hour to wander around in the city. Rhode Island was blocked off from 7th all the way east to what looked like Florida Ave. Lets just say the result was crazy traffic. Cars going on to residential streets, and into alleyways. Buses were blocked, the 79 Express wound up on New Jersey Ave.
You what would have helped?
Some direction of where could traffic go. If RI Ave is blocked, point people in the direction of other options.
Well at least it wasn't a shooting.