Update: President Obama Departs Bay Area After Fundraising Visit

By: Brian Shields - Thu, 24 May 2012 13:46:21 -0800

REDWOOD CITY (KRON) -- President Obama has departed the Bay Area after a fundraising visit that has left millions of dollars in his campaign war chest.

The President departed from Moffett Field aboard Air Force One at about 10:20 a.m. Thursday following an 8:30 a.m. fundraiser at the Fairmont San Jose hotel.
Soon after his arrival in the Bay Area Wednesday evening, President Obama headed off to a private fundraising event at the Atherton home of Doug and Lisa Goldman where guests could meet with Mr. Obama for the price of $35,800 per person.

According to pool reports, Goldman said the Recovery Act was a “brilliant” move, “saving more than 1 million jobs.” “It worked so well, some of your opponents are trying to take credit for it,” he said. Goldman also credited President Obama for ending the Iraq war, killing Osama Bin Laden and voicing support for same-sex marriage, the latter of which drew the loudest cheers and applause from the audience.

Rock stars David Crosby and Graham Nash played for the visitors before the President spoke.

"It’s not every day you get Rock and Roll Hall of Famers strumming the guitar for you,” President Obama said.  Actor Don Cheadle was also in attendance.

After the Atherton event, the Presidential motorcade headed to the Fox Theatre in Redwood City where a sold-out crowd listened to him give a campaign stump speech.

"We've come too far to abandon the changes that we've fought for the last few years," President Obama told the 1,300 supporters inside the theatre, most of whom had spent thousands of dollars to attend the event.  "We've got to move forward and not backwards."

Mr. Obama took several shots at his Republican opponent Mitt Romney accusing the former Massachusetts Governor of failing to understand the challenges facing the American people.  He says his aims are far different.

"A country where everyone's got a fair shot," the President continued. "Everybody's doing their fair share and everybody is playing by the same set of rules. That's the choice in this election and that's why I'm running for re-election."

Outside the theatre, many protestors said they think it's unfair only people with money can meet with the President.

"Everything in politics is about fundraising, fundraising, fundraising," one protestor outside the Redwood City event said.  Another added, "Democratic candidates just use us as an ATM."

"We think the system is skewed to the wrong people," demonstrator James Lee said.  "It should be the people out here who have a voice in there as opposed to the people with thousands of dollars."
The president is now headed to Iowa, with stops planned in the  cities of Newton and Des Moines. 
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