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Presidential motorcade snarls Akron traffic

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AKRON, OH (WOIO) -

Friday morning, President Obama began the second day of his "Betting on America" bus tour by having breakfast at Ann's Place located on S. Hawkins Avenue with three tire workers from the Goodyear facility in Akron, OH. 

The presidential motorcade shut down I-77 north and south in the Akron area all morning, right during the morning rush. Drivers were pulled over snapping photos as the motorcade drove by.

At 9:30 a.m. President Obama was headed to Youngstown via I-76 East, and traffic was stilled backed up in the 'Rubber City.'

Friday's breakfast comes a day after the President continued his historic steps to protect American workers from China's unfair trade practices. Just two years ago, the President used for the first time special safeguards, imposing stiff tariffs to save more than 1,000 American jobs from an unfair surge in Chinese tires. 

The President's action on Chinese tires was supported by manufacturing workers and companies, but was labeled as "decidedly bad for the nation and our workers" by Mitt Romney. 

The three workers who had breakfast with the President this morning are Rick Nixon who has worked for Goodyear for nearly 20 years, Jim DiFalco who has worked at the plant since 1992, and Keith Ross who has worked there for 14 years. 

The presidential motorcade shut down I-77 north and south in the Akron area all morning. Drivers were pulled over snapping photos as the motorcade drove by.

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