Obama's Change of Plans

President's last visit to Bay Area happened back in May

By Lori Preuitt
|  Thursday, Oct 21, 2010  |  Updated 12:16 PM PDT
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The Bay Area will catch this familiar wave come Friday morning.

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Never mind the notion the President of the United States might be making a pit stop at Thursday night's Giants Phillies game. 

Although the country will be told Pres. Barack Obama is in San Francisco tomorrow, it doesn't look like he will ever make it inside the city limits.

Mr. Obama is scheduled to land at SFO around 3 p.m. and instead of heading into the gridlock of San Francisco, he will now head south to the Palo Alto home of Google exec Marissa Mayer for the first of two pricey fundraisers.  The reason for the change from Mayer's Four Season Hotel apartment on Market Street to her home on the peninsula wasn't given, but it just might have to do with an added 40,000 plus Giants fans that will be headed into the City tomorrow afternoon for Game No. 5 of the NLCS. 

Of course, if the presidents heads south out of SFO instead of north, there is no chance for a stop by at the game.

From Palo Alto Mr. Obama will then go to the Atherton home of Steve Westly, the former state controller.

Matier and Ross says the Palo Alto event is a $30,000 a-head affair for just 50 people. 

Mr. Obama has two things on his agenda: raising money for the DNC and for state attorney general candidate Kamala Harris.  President's don't normal raise money for statewide offices, but he and Harris have been tight since before he was president.  Harris was an early and enthusiastic supporter of the Obama in his run for the White House.

The president will also be spending the night somewhere in the Bay Area.  He doesn't leave for L.A. until Friday mid-morning.  Look for traffic delays along either 101 or 280 late in the afternoon Thursday and near the end of the morning commute Friday.

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