President Obama Arrives in Bay Area

The president is scheduled to attend fundraising events in Atherton, Redwood City and San Jose.

By Breena Kerr and Jean Elle
|  Thursday, May 24, 2012  |  Updated 7:46 AM PDT
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Hundreds of people who didn't have a ticket to the main event in Redwood City, waited outside the Fox Theatre for hours, hoping to catch a glimpse of the President.

Hundreds of people who didn't have a ticket to the main event in Redwood City, waited outside the Fox Theatre for hours, hoping to catch a glimpse of the President.

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President Barack Obama arrived in the Bay Area Wednesday for a series of fundraising events.

Air Force One flew in from Colorado Wednesday evening and touched down at Moffett Field in Mountain View at 6:18 p.m.

The president, clad in a dark suit and blue tie, waved and smiled at the crowd of dozens awaiting his arrival before greeting local officials, including NASA Ames Research Center Director Simon Pete Worden, Sunnyvale Mayor Tony Spitaleri, Mountain View Mayor Mike Kasperzak and Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto.

The president shook hands with members of the crowd before getting into his town car and driving off in his motorcade.

One attendee who shook the president's hand was 10-year-old Kyle Chomaker of Pleasanton. The Fairlands Elementary School student was stunned by the gesture saying, "I didn't think it was possible."

Sheila Johnson, a community relations coordinator for NASA Ames Research Center, said she has met three presidents in her lifetime but her excitement hasn't waned.

"It is an absolute thrill and joy to be privileged to be here to shake his hand," she said.

Obama arrived at a fundraising dinner at the Atherton home of philanthropists Lisa and Doug Goldman at around 7:10 p.m. Tickets for the dinner cost $35,800 per person.

Obama then headed to Redwood City's Fox Theatre, arriving around 9:15 p.m., where he spoke at a sold-out rally.

Premium seating for the event started at $1,000 per person with some paying as much as $12,500.

The president's campaign stop in Redwood City drew more than a crowd of donors.

Outside the Fox theater, hundreds of people turned out for a look. Some were just hoping to see Obama and snap a photo.

Others carried signs protesting what they call Obama's failed policies or efforts. Issues like war, immigration and taxation topped the list.

The president's supporters and opponents peacefully lined the barricades most of the night.

On Thursday, the president is expected to attend a fundraiser at the Fairmont San Jose. Twenty people are expected to attend the 8:30 a.m. event, which cost $35,800 per person.

He is scheduled to fly out from Moffett Field Thursday at around 10 a.m.

To see a report on Obama at the Fox Theater in Redwood City, view here.

 

 

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