I first learned of Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to South Florida when I got a phone call from my elderly dinner guest telling me that he was stuck in traffic on South Miami Avenue. Going to my 27th floor balcony on Brickell Avenue, I saw hundreds of stopped cars in every direction including the entire south lanes of the I-95, and police at every corner.
Surely, I thought, the vice president wouldn’t condone such a horrible inconvenience at rush hour with thousands of working people on the way home to have dinner with their children, trying to get to work or sitting in taxis with the meter clicking. And surely Miami’s mayor and city administrators wouldn’t allow it.
About an hour later, the Biden cavalcade came tearing down Brickell Avenue and the imprisoned cars were released. Ten minutes later, my shaken guest arrived and rushed to the bathroom. He’d been sitting in agony in his car for most of the time.
William E. Brown, Miami