Palo Alto police: Expect traffic disruptions for President Obama's visit to Stanford


President Barack Obama is in Palo Alto today, Feb. 13, for a cybersecurity summit at Stanford University. Palo Alto commuters should expect traffic disruptions, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

"Due to the President's planned visit to the Stanford University campus ... we anticipate significant traffic delays in the area of the campus and the north end of Palo Alto from late morning through late afternoon. Drivers are advised to avoid these areas if possible," the department said.

Obama arrived in the Bay Area Thursday evening for a trip that will include a speech at the cybersecurity summit and a Democratic fundraiser later today.

The president arrived in Air Force One, which touched down at 5:15 p.m. at San Francisco International Airport.

Obama greeted a crowd of several dozen people who were waiting to meet him, including San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

Dave Bernstein, an Oakland resident, was among the crowd gathered there, which was made up largely of family members and friends of government officials and employees.

Bernstein was holding his 10-month-old son when the president reached out to pick up little Alexander and blow him a kiss.

"I wasn't expecting anything. The president was looking the other way the whole time, but then he turned his head and started reaching," Bernstein said. "I'll have those pictures forever."

Obama stayed overnight in San Francisco and is visiting Palo Alto this morning to deliver remarks at 11:20 a.m. at the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection.

At 12:20 p.m., the president will host a roundtable at Stanford with local business leaders, then attend a 4:40 p.m. Democratic National Committee fundraiser at a private residence in San Francisco.

Obama is then leaving from SFO on Saturday and flying to Palm Springs in Southern California.

The president last visited the Bay Area in October on a fundraising trip.

A live stream of the summit is being broadcast on

— Palo Alto Weekly staff and Bay City News

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Posted by A
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 14, 2015 at 6:14 pm

Did the City of Palo Alto have to pay extra for the protection of the president?

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