IN PICTURES: Protests, traffic and cheers as President Joe Biden visits Long Beach

President Joe Biden flew into Long Beach Airport Monday evening on Air Force One to rally support for Gov. Gavin Newsom a day before today’s recall election.

The last time a sitting president visited the city was in 2009, when President Barack Obama flew into Long Beach Airport for a series of Southern California events.

Biden’s visit Monday drew swarms of security and police throughout the city, road closures, and protesters around the public streets of Long Beach City College and Downtown.

The president is expected to depart from LGB around 10:15 a.m. this morning.

President Joe Biden exits Air Force One after landing at the Long Beach Airport, with California Gov. Gavin Newsom aboard Monday, where both will attend a rally against the recall election. Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr

California Gov. Gavin Newsom inside President Joe Biden’s limo, after the two landed on Air Force One, at the Long Beach Airport Monday on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr.

People get out of their cars as traffic is backed up along Carson Street as authorities shut down the street ahead of President Joe Biden’s motorcade’s arrival at Long Beach City College, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Julianna Balogh, a Palm Springs resident and Brigade Group For Trump organizer, addresses an anti-President Biden and Gov. Newsom group outside a rally at Long Beach City College, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Police hold back a crowd of protesters as President Joe Biden arrives at Long Beach City College for a rally with Gov. Gavin Newsom, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Mask-wearing Biden supporters are surrounded by protesters gathered on the Long Beach City College bridge that spans Carson Street ahead of the arrival of President Joe Biden’s motorcade, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Anti-Biden and Newsom protesters wearing American flags as capes and carrying “Fuck Biden” flags walk along Carson Street in front of Long Beach City College, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

President Joe Biden takes the stage as he is greeted by cheers at a rally for Gov. Gavin Newsom at Long Beach City College, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

President Joe Biden is greeted by Gov. Gavin Newsom at a rally for Newsom as he faces a recall in the state of California in Long Beach Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Air Force One lands at the Long Beach Airport with President Joe Biden and California Gov. Gavin Newsom aboard Monday, where both will attend a rally against the recall election, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Anti-Biden and Gov. Gavin Newsom protesters cross Carson Street ahead of a rally at Long Beach City College, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

People holding “Vote No” recall signs walk past anti-Biden and Newsom protesters at Long Beach City College, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

President Joe Biden waves as he boards Air Force One at Long Beach Airport, Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Biden attended a rally at Long Beach City College in support of Gov. Gavin Newsom Monday night ahead of the recall election. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Air Force One takes off from the Long Beach Airport, Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr.

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