BOSTON – With 40 miles of roadways around Boston closed for
security reasons during the Democratic National Convention,
the city was a ghost town on the first day of the anxiously
For limousine and taxi drivers within the city, business
was heavy. But for those out in the suburbs, poor access
made for poor business.
From empty parking spaces on the chic shopping boulevard of
Newbury Street to swan boats left idling without passengers
in the Public Garden, Boston seemed to be a town without
tourists on July 26.
Boston’s commuters abandoned the streets in droves, leaving
them to scores of Boston police officers watching for
Protesters passed out fliers while helicopters hovered
City officials had warned commuters to get out of town if
The car ride into Boston from Cape Cod took just over an
hour, and no problems were reported by North Shore
But the closer you got to FleetCenter, site of the
convention, the more the action picked up.
Boston Common was lined with a dozen satellite trucks,
where reporters could shoot segments with the Boston
skyline in the background.
Down Tremont Street rolled a white limousine trailing a 12-
foot effigy of George W. Bush in a flight suit with flames
trailing from the backside. The limo, which traveled around
town throughout the convention, was sponsored by the Web
PantsOnFire wasn't the only group ready to express itself.
‘Get on the Limo’
A group calling itself Billionaires for Bush paraded
through Boston's streets, facetiously stressing what Bush
had done for them.
"There has never been a better administration for
billionaires. The loyalty to the super-rich is wonderful.
The Bush administration is willing to completely disregard
the needs of the little people," said Mimi Nottieu,
a "spokesbillionaire" for the group.
Wearing an evening dress and tiara, Nottieu marched with
150 other "billionaires" dressed in tuxedos, top hats and
They chanted, "We’re here, we’re rich, get used to it."
Billionaires for Bush plan to continue their demonstrations
with a swing state tour called "Get on the Limo."