The President wrapped up his Bay Area visit with a star studded concert at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Grammy winner John Legend entertained a crowd of 6,000 supporters before the President spoke. Jean Elle and Kim Tere report.
President Barack Obama swept through the Golden State over the last two days, with a touchdown at San Francisco International Airport Monday afternoon in an effort to reach his goal of raising $1 billion secure his re-election.
Air Force One landed safely at 1:50 p.m. Nine minutes later, Obama exited the plane and waved his signature wave, a wide grin on his face. He shook hands, ducked into a limousine and took off for the city.
It was the president's sixth visit to the Bay Area since January.
After that, Obama planned to attend three fundraising events in San Francisco on Monday, following a visit to Southern California on Sunday, according to his campaign. He and Gov. Mitt Romney are both campaigning hard to face off in the Nov. 4 election.
For the presidential race, Obama had raised about $432, 000 and Romney had raised about $279,000 according to the latest campaign disclosure forms on the Center for Responsive Politics website.
But those numbers don't include September's totals. Obama announced he raised $118 million in September, and Romney's campaign hasn't yet released its September fundraising total.
Final campaign disclosure forms are due Oct. 20.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Obama's campaign and its Democratic party affiliates have outraised Romney's—taking in $742 million through August, compared with $638 million by Romney and GOP party committees. But super PACs backing Obama have raised far less than their GOP opponents, though Democrats also benefit from the support of organized labor, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Indeed, Obama's trip to San Francisco was about raising more money - his campaign has said the president wants to raise $1 billion in order to keep his seat another four years.
Monday afternoon, Obama was scheduled to attend a small event with 25 guests at the Intercontinental Hotel on Howard Street, where tickets cost $40,000 per person.
Then, the president is set to speak to a dinner party of about 100 guests at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, followed by remarks at a fundraising concert packed with nearly 6,000 fans. At the concert, John Legend and Michael Franti will be the keynote performers. Tickets for the dinner cost $20,000 and tickets for the concert start at $200 per person.
The San Francisco trip follows on the heels of the president's visit to Los Angeles.
In LA on Sunday, Obama spoke at a fundraising concert with about 6,000 people at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, where Jon Bon Jovi, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry and Jennifer Hudson performed.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and actor George Clooney also spoke at that event. After that star-studded evening, Obama went to Kern County Monday morning, and dedicated 105 acres of property in the Tehachapi mountains as the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument.
Today, we celebrate Cesar Chavez," Obama told the crowd. "Cesar himself worked for 20 years as an organizer without a single major victory. But he refused to give up. He refused to scale back his dreams.. confident that his day would come."
On Monday, Romney was delivering a foreign policy address to the Virginia Military Institute.
NBCLA's Sharon Bernstein contributed to this report.