The Washington Post reported even the leader of the Free World can't buck Washington's gridlock.
The Secret Service asked state officials to close the center HOV lanes of I-395 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, which would have created a traffic jam for the average driver that would not have been cleared until 10 p.m., the Post said.
Bush was headed for a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. George Allen, R-Va., who is running for re-election.
The Post said unnamed Virginia officials were stunned by the request: If they had granted it, commuter buses normally using the high-speed lanes would have to be rerouted or canceled and the thousands of multi-passenger cars normally in the HOV lanes would be added to the already crowded lanes of I-95.
"It would give a new meaning to political gridlock in D.C.," John Townsend, a spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic, told the newspaper. "You have to wonder, What were they thinking?"