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Hyde Park Scene: Secret Service, Tour Buses



    President Barack Obama is photographed as he meets with members of the audience after he made remarks at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, Pa., Friday, Dec. 4.

    Hyde Park is humming today with street crews putting up barricades along Hyde Park Blvd as Chicago prepares for President Obama's trip home this weekend.

    City street sweepers are busy too.

    Tour busses pause in front of the family's home where a Secret Service agent is parked.

    Neighbors like Melvin Williams, who lives two doors away, says the security hassles "are small" and 'maybe he can help get Lebron here."

    Another neighbor, Michael Carter, said even though the Obamas have the White House "it's always good to come home."