Obama to Visit Silicon Valley to Fundraise, Talk Obamacare

By Lisa Fernandez
|  Thursday, Jun 6, 2013  |  Updated 3:58 PM PDT
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Marci McCue, wife of Flipboard CEO Mike McCue, talks to NBC Bay Area reporter Bob Redell about her excitement and nervousness before hosting President Obama to her Palo Alto home on June 6, 2013.

Marci McCue, wife of Flipboard CEO Mike McCue, talks to NBC Bay Area reporter Bob Redell about her excitement and nervousness before hosting President Obama to her Palo Alto home on June 6, 2013.

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When President Obama touches down in Air Force One on Thursday evening, the arrival will mark the second time the leader of the free world has visited the Bay Area in as many months.

While Obama doesn't need the money for his own campaign, his fundraising efforts in affluent Silicon Valley will go to help his Democratic Party.

Obama's visit, which will last less than 12 hours, will begin at the home of  Flipboard CEO Mike McCue and his wife, Marci, in Palo Alto for an early evening reception ($2,500 to $12,000). Speaking outside her home Thursday morning, Marci McCue admitted that she was both nervous and excited to host the president of the United States at her charming, seven-bedroom, multi-million, pale yellow home, fully decked out with red-white-and-blue banners.

MORE: "We're Excited to Primp Up a Little Bit," Marci McCue

"We're excited to primp up a little bit," she said with a laugh, saying she had painted and pruned to host this not-so-simple reception at her home. The focus, she said, however, should be on raising money to help senate Democrats for their next election, especially to foward the party's goals on the environment and healthcare.

After Obama leaves the McCues, he'll swing by the Portola Valley residence of Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla and his wife, Neera, for a $32,000 dinner, complete with Greek salad, Fulton Valley chicken and hand-craft chai chocolate creameux cups.

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In addition to the fundraising, Obama's visit will be marked by a more unusual occurrence - a speech.

He'll spend Friday morning at a San Jose hotel talking about "Obamacare." He's expected to tout benefits of his Affordable Care Act by showing how it has created quality, affordable choices for Californians who plan to buy insurance this fall. California is the largest state with the biggest insurance market in the country, with nearly six million uninsured.

An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday shows that 49 percent of Americans think the signature health care reform law is a bad idea.

MORE: Health Care Law's Unpopularity Reaches New Highs

After his Friday morning talk, Obama will head to Los Angeles for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.

Obama was in the Bay Area as recently as April for fundraisers in San Francisco.

NBC Bay Area's Bob Redell contributed to this report.

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