President Barack Obama was expected to attend a fundraiser and roundtable discussion with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in Palo Alto Thursday, but Obama will not be in Palo Alto after all, Palo Alto police Sgt. Brian Philip said Wednesday morning, May 23.
Obama will arrive in the Bay Area today to raise more money for his re-election campaign with events in Atherton and Redwood City.
Palo Alto police learned of the cancellation on Wednesday after receiving notification from White House staff. No reason was given for the change in plans, he said.
But campaign officials said the event has been moved to the Fairmont San Jose hotel for "logistical purposes," pool reporter Josh Richman from the San Jose Mercury News said Wednesday afternoon.
Palo Alto was to be the last of Obama's three fundraising events in the Bay Area, scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday at the Garden Court Hotel. Tickets for that event cost $35,800 per person.
Obama will first attend a fundraising dinner at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Atherton home of philanthropists Lisa and Doug Goldman. Tickets for the event cost $35,800 per person.
The president will then attend a large rally at Redwood City's Fox Theatre at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Premium seating for the event starts at $1,000 per person. Redwood City Mayor Alicia Aguirre said the president's visit has generated much enthusiasm in the city.
"We're really excited that he's coming," Aguirre said. "It really elevates Redwood City and puts it on the map."
Aguirre said she has been contacted by people from various communities within the city who are interested in attending the event.
"No matter what side you're on in your beliefs and politics, it's always a special treat to have the president visit your city," she said.
The rally is expected to attract protesters from Occupy Redwood City, who plan to assemble outside the theater to protest what they say are civil liberties abuses abroad and collusion with corporate interests at home.
Obama last visited the Bay Area in February, when he attended a small fundraising dinner and a larger rally, both in San Francisco.