President Barack Obama's 2-Hour Bay Area Visit

Tuesday's visit the quickest in recent memory.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011  |  Updated 5:39 AM PDT
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A small group of people were allowed on the tarmac at SFO to greet Pres. Barack Obama Tuesday.

A small group of people were allowed on the tarmac at SFO to greet Pres. Barack Obama Tuesday.

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If you blinked you might have missed President Barack Obama's visit to San Francisco Tuesday.

Air Force One touched down at SFO at 12:55 p.m. and took off at 3:34 p.m. That's a total visit of 2 hours and 39 minutes.

After jogging down the stairs, the president spent a few minutes mingling with special guests who had gathered on the tarmac. He seemed to pay extra attention to the children who were there to see him. He held one baby and giving special attention to the toddlers in the group.

Jeanne Carstensen, 61, of Pleasanton, was invited there by a friend who works for the Department of Justice.

"It was an experience of a lifetime," Carstensen told Bay City News. "You don't  have to be a Democrat or a Republican to feel the excitement."

Tuesday's visit comes exactly one month after Mr. Obama's last visit on Sept. 25 (that included two pricey fundraisers and a visit to the Computer History Museum for a Linked In town hall).

This visit has one purpose: to raise money. Mr. Obama appeared at the W Hotel in the City for a fundraiser. Singer Jack Johnson performed and some 200 people paid at least $5,000 to hear from the Commander in Chief.

Mr. Obama noticed that Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was in the crowd and noted that he might be able to help on the NBA lockout.

He also mentioned San Francisco's congresswoman, saying: "Even though she had to be back in D.C., I just want to make sure that everybody knows Nancy Pelosi continues to fight on behalf of you every single day."

The president's remarks at the hotel wrapped up just before 3 p.m.

The quick trip probably felt like a marathon for people trying to get through SoMa and the Financial Districts.

 SFPD closed several streets around Market, Folsom, Mission, New Montgomery and Howard to accommodate the president.

Tuesday's visit is Mr. Obama's fourth this year and his seventh since taking office.

It follows a trip to LA that included an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" that was taped Tuesday morning for a Tuesday night airing.

The Leno appearance marks the fourth time he's been on "The Tonight Show," NBC announced Thursday.

While in LA, Obama held  two fundraisers benefiting his re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas hosted an event for Obama at their Los Angeles home Monday. Actress Eva Longoria co-hosted the party with the Hollywood power couple.

After his stops in Southern and Northern California, the president will head to Denver.

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