Obama to visit Stanford for Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Three-day event could bring 1,500 visitors to campus

President Barack Obama will be at Stanford University on Friday morning, June 24, to deliver a speech during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will feature entrepreneurs from around the world.

University officials said the three-day event will bring 1,500 visitors, including entrepreneurs, investors, panelists, presenters, U.S. government officials and journalists, to campus. It is not open to the public.

The summit starts on Wednesday, June 22, and ends Friday. The first day of the summit will be dedicated to emerging youth and women entrepreneurs in a smaller event known as GES+, according to the university.

This is the second time the U.S. is hosting the event. The first time was in 2010.

"By bringing the summit back to the United States, President Obama is highlighting his commitment to building bridges that help us tackle global challenges together," an announcement from the university states.

Obama will make his remarks in Memorial Auditorium at 551 Serra Mall. The exact time has not been announced, but he will be speaking during the morning's 9:30-11:15 a.m. plenary session. His speech is not open to the public but it will be streamed live at

Traffic will be affected during the summit, according to Stanford officials. Galvez Street between Serra Street and Campus Drive and Serra Street between Galvez Street and Arguello Way will be closed.

Parking will be closed in the affected areas of Galvez and Serra streets. Alternative parking can be found at Varsity Lot (L-97), Maples Lot (l-93) and the underground Knight Management Center Garage.

Marguerite shuttle riders should anticipate temporary changes to stops and routes to bypass the partial closure of Serra Street. Visit the Parking & Transportation Services website for more information, including a map of the rerouted stops.

Stanford is encouraging commuters and visitors to avoid the area and to expect a parking crunch, traffic delays and bike, pedestrian and vehicle detours.

Obama's last visit to Palo Alto was in February when he attended a private fundraising event at the home of Amy Rao, CEO of Integrated Archive Systems. In February 2015, Obama delivered a speech regarding cybersecurity and technology during the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford. At the summit, the president signed an executive order encouraging the private sector to share cybersecurity-threat information with other companies and the U.S. government.


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6 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2016 at 1:16 pm

I suppose this is going to make unannounced road closures and stoppages around town. Traffic heads up would be nice.

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Posted by Much Ado
a resident of Southgate
on Jun 21, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Maybe no one will show up!

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 22, 2016 at 12:38 am

Speaking of stoppages... many here will be disappointed that passenger and freight airliners will continue in the area uninterrupted. However, all training and practice flights (many of those little planes) will be prohibited for 1000 square miles, during the period from 4:45pm Thursday to 2:00pm Friday. That's a good indication of when Air Force One is expected to arrive and depart Moffett Field.

A smaller core area of 100 square miles will be prohibited to all but commercial airliners and authorized emergency or military flights. The city will lose almost all its flight business at Palo Alto Airport for twenty-some hours, though ground activities like aircraft maintenance or classroom training can proceed normally.

When Obama visited Yosemite earlier in the month he affected all the airspace between San Luis Reservoir and Mono Lake.

Technical note: altitudes above 18,000 feet are generally unaffected by Temporary Flight Restrictions, since those flight levels are more restrictive all the time anyway (on instrument flight plans and directed by air traffic control).

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Posted by Chris
a resident of University South
on Jun 22, 2016 at 2:08 am

Most of the people allowed into MemAud will be attending the 3-day GES anyway. Just a short part of the summit.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 22, 2016 at 11:17 am

Odd. I just got news that the FAA flight restrictions are cancelled. Has Obama bailed?
Can't find any confirmation.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Never mind. A new FAA TFR has appeared with adjustments.
Locally it's now Thursday 5:00pm to 6:15pm, and Friday 10:30am to 2:15pm.
The overnight has shifted to centered on San Francisco,
apparently the Milpitas accommodations were found lacking.
(Palo Alto airport is still under the 35-mile radius of the overnight TFR.)

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Posted by marie
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 23, 2016 at 4:53 pm

I just love when the president comes to stanford and they don't announce road closures in advance. Last time he came to town I found myself on a side street off of page mill road and I sat there for a god damn 45 minutes all for the commander in chief. 50 states including washington dc and they always have to come to california. Why can't presidents pick on the other 49 states to visit then our lives and travel schedules won't be ruined.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2016 at 5:38 pm

Over the past couple of days there have been Chinook helicopters plus other heavy helicopters flying around overhead. If he used one of these instead of closing our streets and causing traffic havoc, I'm sure we would all be a lot happier about his visit.

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Posted by Palo Alto Native
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 23, 2016 at 6:37 pm

People are so selfish. When politicians visit, people can only gripe about traffic inconveniences. Go live in the rural Midwest if you want lack of traffic.

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Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Jun 23, 2016 at 10:11 pm

Obama is staying tonight at his favorite SF digs, the Intercontinental at 5th and Howard.

It sounds like he may helicopter to and from SFO / Stanford / Moffett.

Obama and Eshoo were locked together, conversing down the steps of Air Force One at Moffett this afternoon.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 24, 2016 at 12:29 am

Here's what PAPD says on Facebook: "Traffic Advisory: Due to President Obama’s visit to Stanford University on Friday, June 24, we anticipate significant traffic delays around campus and the north end of Palo Alto between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m."

Also: "we do not publish any specific details of the motorcade route out of an abundance of caution for the President's safety (and, at the direction of the Secret Service)."

In other words don't plan on making any plans.

Seems Obama should just use the helicopters. They have two Sea Kings (a variant of the venerable S-61 that served commercial passengers at Palo Alto Airport in the sixties), escorted by two V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. I bicycled over to Moffett to watch the 747 arrive just after 5 pm. Couldn't see much from the street.

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Posted by Chris
a resident of University South
on Jun 24, 2016 at 11:10 am

Obama's talk is on now on CSPAN.

Just gave a big shout out to the Cuban delegation, which is attending its first GES.

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