Barack Obama to Visit Bay Area Next Week

President plans to look interested during tour of solar panel factory

By Jackson West
|  Monday, May 24, 2010  |  Updated 1:40 PM PDT
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Barack Obama to Visit Bay Area Next Week

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COSTA MESA, CA - MARCH 18: The California flag hangs behind President Barack Obama as he holds a town hall style meeting at the Orange County Fair and Event Center, the first stop on his first visit to southern California as president March 17, 2009 in Costa Mesa, California. His two-day visit to the region will also include stops for a town meeting at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, near downtown Los Angeles, a tour of the Edison International Vehicle Electrics Plant in Pomona, California, and an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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Air Force One will be landing at San Francisco International on Tuesday, with President Barack Obama on board.

His first stop will be at the Fairmont Hotel that evening for an appearance at a fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer.

(Just so you know, last time he was in town overnight he stayed at the InterContinental Hotel.)

On Wednesday, he will make its way to Fremont, where Obama will be touring a Solyndra plant that produces solar panels.

That visit should kill a number of policy birds with one stone -- Solyndra received a $535 million loan guarantee through Obama's stimulus bill, the Economic Recovery Act, creating 1,000 "green collar" jobs.


Obama has recently toured similar plants across the country, and can be expected to try to appear as dignified as possible while wearing safety goggles and a hard hat.

The president, and his attendant traffic headaches, will be out of town by noon on Wednesday.

Jackson West figures Obama learned his lesson from Massachusetts, and clearly isn't leaving Boxer hanging ahead of her election in November.

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