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Here Comes the President



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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Democratic presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) greets the crowd before the start of the CNN/LA Times/Politico Democratic presidential candidates debate at the Kodak Theatre January 31, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. The Democratic presidential hopefuls are debating with one week to go until Super Tuesday on February 5. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    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 two fundraisers for Sen. Barbara Boxer.  For those keeping count, last time he was in town overnight he stayed at the InterContinental Hotel.

    Mr. Obama will join Boxer and other dignitaries at a reception at the  Fairmont Hotel evening, followed by a dinner at the home of  billionaire philanthropists Ann and Gordon Getty

    It is the president's first visit to the Bay Area since a trip in  October for another Democratic fundraiser.

    Then on Wednesday, his motorcade will make its way across the Bay Bridge en route 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 Wednesday.

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