When the President Comes to Town - NBC Bay Area

When the President Comes to Town

Mr. Obama made lots of friends at Facebook.



    (Published Sunday, May 20, 2012)

    President Barack Obama's Bay Area visit Wednesday had the entire region abuzz. Facebook HQ got a good spiffing. 

    The Boys & Girls Club blogged about their hope to meet him at the Masonic Center fundraiser later in the evening. And drivers trying to figure out exactly when to avoid getting anywhere near the 101 ended up worrying over nothing since the president took Marine One everywhere.

    Air Force One touched down at SFO around 1 p.m. and wheels up is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. Thursday.  The president is packing in four events in those 22 hours.

    First up for POTUS was a quick helicopter ride down the peninsula to Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto.

    There he plugged into the World Wide Web for a town hall that was live-streamed online to anyone who wanted to log in.  He spoke alongside Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for about an hour answering questions about the economy and his plan to fix it.

    The White House called the Facebook event a "Shared Responsibility and Shared Prosperity" town hall to discuss the president's vision for bringing down the country's deficit.  The event stayed on point for the most part. It had its lighter moments that included the president poking fun at Zuckerberg for wearing a tie and Zuckerberg presenting the president with a hoodie as he left.

    Mr. Obama was scheduled to have dinner in Pacific Heights at the home of Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff. It's a fundraiser with tickets going for as much as $35,800.

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    Who wouldn't be a little nervous when you invite the president to speak to your employees?
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012)

    Obama will also attend a lower priced fundraiser at the Masonic Auditorium on Nob Hill. The president is supposed to speak at the Masonic at 8:30 p.m.  The White House announced late Wednesday that DJ Hope and Goapele will perform at the Nob Hill event. They said Hall of Famer Jerry Rice will also be speaking to the crowd.

    All proceeds from the fundraisers will go to the Obama Victory Fund. 

    Mr. Obama will be spending the night at the Intercontinental Hotel in the City.

    Then he stops at a fundraising breakfast at the St. Regis before hopping on Air Force One and heading to Reno. It is a brief stop there before he flies to L.A.

    During his 21-hour visit, the president will raise millions for the president's re-election fund.