President Obama to visit Bay Area today

Obama to meet privately with business and technology leaders

President Obama is coming to the Bay Area today (Thursday, Feb. 17) for a one-day visit with business and technology leaders.

The president will meet privately with the leaders to discuss his commitment to investing in research and development, education and clean energy, according to the White House media affairs office.

The president is scheduled to arrive Thursday evening and then fly out of San Francisco International Airport Friday morning. Obama will then head to Hillsboro, Ore., to visit an Intel Corp. plant and learn about the company's STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, education programs.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Stickler for details
a resident of Mountain View
on Feb 15, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Thursday is Feb 17th.

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 15, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I think he wants some technical support on how to shut down the internet!! ;-)

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Posted by Palo Parent
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Silly rabbit, only Al Gore has the shut off keys for the internets!

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Posted by Kate
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 16, 2011 at 9:08 am

It is reported that it costs $100,000 a minute to fly Air Force One with all the entourage, fuel, salaries, etc. Couldn't the Prez just have set a good example by having all the CEO's gather in one place then do a conference call - or Tweet - or
Facebook or something "modern". On the ground here there will be police overtime, traffic tie ups - the works. As for going to Intel in Oregon, have Intel make a video of what it is doing there and send it to him. This budget saving has to start at the top.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 16, 2011 at 9:27 am

He raised a lot of campaign money here before.

This visit is part window dressing to look like he is seeking guidance for the future, and part set up for the next presedential campaign and more fund raising.

Seeking guidance on the future of technology should be done in video conferences. That is the current future, especially for a guy claiming to be green.

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Posted by Paul Losch
a resident of Community Center
on Feb 16, 2011 at 10:02 am

The President was in Palo Alto a few months back, at a private affair in a residence on Addison Ave., a couple blocks away from where I live.

There were barricades up, for understandable reasons. But some of us neighbors watched the motorcade go along Middlefield to Addison. Never in my life have I seen so many security officers, plus I think there were three SUV's with the Presidential Seal on them--who knows which one Obama was in?

Earlier last year, the President was in Fremont to recognize the opening of a new solar energy manufacturing plant. My company is nearby, and I was out at lunch hour. Three Presidential helicopters rose in the sky as I was driving back to the office. Quite dramatic.

This is pretty much how it works for any President in this day and age. The office holder is not a cheap date. I am glad this President is coming to the Bay Area from time to time. W never showed up, as I recall.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 16, 2011 at 10:49 am

I saw Obama's motorcade travel along Embarcadero (towards his dinner engagement in PA a few months ago) - the security was INCREDIBLE. It must cost a fortune. (This is very different from a time I saw a former president in a limo - I was just a few feet away and security was minimal.) Modern tools such as videoconferencing should be used for things like this visit that are not crucial.
Also, can Pres Obama pls start using Moffett like Pres Clinton did - when Obama uses SFO it means we can't access the airport - they shut it temporarily. I had a situation on Obama's PRIOR visit where I was driving to SFO to drop someone off, and the minute by minute radio reports (KCBS) reported the Hwy 101 exits would reopen - we were lucky that radio reports indicated Obama did not dawdle on the tarmac - we saw Air Force One rise up into the sky and the exits were reopened so all was well right when we got to SFO. However, IF you or someone else has an important flight to catch be aware with SFO in use by the Pres, your access may be stopped for a period of time that may be unclear and there may be flight departure/arrival delays. If I HAD gotten to SFO when the exit was shut I guess I would have had to go another place and get off the freeway and wait until the radio said access was permitted - hard to do this when you are actually en route to the airport.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 16, 2011 at 11:06 am

I would guess that POTUS is also visiting other destinations beyond the Bay Area....

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 16, 2011 at 11:30 am

Why do people whine about this? This is like making the argument that if Al Gore was really green he would just sit in house with the lights off and never go anywhere, or if Ralph Nader was really anti-Corporate Abuses that he would never invest his money anywhere and starve and have no money when he retires ... silly reasoning like this ought to be confined to the humor pages ... except it's just kind of sad and not very funny.

If someone would talk some sense into this guy's head the cost of the visit would be worth it. Heck, if he came to my house to talk me I'd set him right and save the whole country, but he'd have to buy me a dinner and maybe a beer first.

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Posted by saleha
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Feb 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I heard he's going to Facebook, so watch for the road blockages.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 16, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Don't people read anything besides this publication? Ad nauseum, this was discussed the last time was here. The increased security, compares to previous presidents, is due to how many threats on his life that there are. First black president - of course there are. The "post-racial" era hasn't happened yet - if it ever will.

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Posted by POTUS
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 17, 2011 at 7:08 am

Bush was afraid of the Bay Area, Clinton always used Moffet field and the sight of Air Force One sitting alongside 101 was AWESOME

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Bush came to the Bay Area a few times, what a waste of time these Rep-Dem bashing quips are. The country is in a real mess.

Yes, maybe Obama is even worse than Bush, but it is only because he got Republican help to get elected ... remember Colin Powell ... and he is too stupid to do anything but complete Bush's agenda.

Remember the Bush agenda that killed closing in on a balance budget and installing tax cuts, and then starting two wars to smash even the hope of a balanced budget to pieces and not raising taxes or doing anything?

This was planned, and it was carried out by both parties, guided by money and lobbyists, and anyone who incites argument about either party or makes silly comments is simply just part of the problem.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of another community
on Feb 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm

"...and it was carried out by both parties, guided by money and lobbyists..."

And your fix is?

Public financing of federal elections? Let us buy the politicians rather than corporations.

Would take Egyptian level riots, if possible, at all. Or a Supreme Court that would remove "personhood" from corporations. Not likely.

That socialist commie fascist pinko idea, btw, came from the 2nd greatest republican of all time, Teddy R.

"...was first proposed... in 1907. In his State of the Union message that year, President Theodore Roosevelt recommended public financing of federal elections and a ban on private contributions..."

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