President Obama to Rally in Redwood City

The president plans to attend three fundraisers in the Bay Area.

For less than a Lady Gaga VIP concert ticket, you can attend a rally with President Barack Obama at the on Wednesday, May 23. Tickets start at $250 for general admission, confirmed the Obama campaign.

With re-election up for grabs in November, the President is making his way around the Bay Area with three fundraisers in one day, reported the San Jose Mercury News.

The president will begin with a campaign roundtable at Palo Alto’s Garden Court Hotel at 4:30 p.m. to support the Asian-American/Pacific Islander community. The cost? $35,800, much steeper than the Fox Theatre rally.

He’ll then stop for dinner at Lisa and Douglas Goldman’s home in Atherton at 5:30 p.m. with tickets also costing $35,800. Douglas Goldman is a well-known philanthropist, and also the son of Levi Strauss heirs Richard and Rhoda Goldman, according to the couple’s foundation website.

For the grand finale, he’ll head to Redwood City’s Fox Theatre at 6 p.m. If attendees want a better close-up, premium seating is available for $1,000 or $7,500 for a seat plus a photo reception. Two buddies can tag along as guests at $2,500 each.

People have been tweeting on the social media platform, Twitter, about the President's visit:

@MayaBurns25: Can't wait to see President Obama in Redwood City on May 23!!! AHHH!

@gwachob: So Obama is coming to the Fox Theatre in Redwood City on May 23rd... That should be interesting... #fb

Obama’s challenger and the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, on March 26 at the for a fundraiser with dinner plates costing $1,000 each.


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Kelvin May 04, 2012 at 04:35 AM
how do you get tickets to the Fox Theater rally???
Zeke Mead May 04, 2012 at 05:22 AM
Yes, please, do tell? I've checked the Obama web site and nothing under events within 40 miles of 94061 on May 23rd. And nothing on the Fox Theater web site either.
Lena Vinson May 04, 2012 at 05:33 AM
How to get tix for reception at the fox theatre, tickets $250
Grant Huberty May 04, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Write to Sam Kaspick [SKaspick@barackobama.com], he will know what's going on.
Stacie Chan (Editor) May 04, 2012 at 06:21 AM
Hi all, sorry this wasn't included in the original article. It took a little extra digging and I wanted to publish the article asap. Found the registration site: https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/o2012-May23RedwoodCityReception?custom1=30006
Buck Shaw May 04, 2012 at 01:51 PM
So downtown Redwood City will be closed on May 23 for secuirty reasons I can assume ?
Lola Bailey May 04, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Is the Democratic National Committee paying for all the travel and incurring expenses or are the taxpayers of the country? I can guess the answer....can you?
Elaine Park May 04, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Thanks for the link!
Elaine Park May 04, 2012 at 04:14 PM
My guess is that the DNC pays for travel and expenses, and tax payers pay for security, just as they do when Mitt Romney comes to town. Does anyone have any facts?
Lola Bailey May 04, 2012 at 09:02 PM
The American taxpayers pay for Air Force One and the other government airplanes that fly the entourage that accompany the President. Taxpayers also pay for all the expenses of housing and food of secret service, etc. However, the Goldmans pay for their home expenses of hosting him. Local authorities and taxpayers pay for all other expenses. Would it not be "fair" for the DNC to pay for some of these costs?
Lou Covey, The Local Motive May 04, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Regardless of the reason, the fact that the President of the United Staes is coming to Redwood City, after his presumed opponent visited, is pretty darn cool for this old town. All the democrats co,planned about the cost of Bush flying around the country when he ran for his second term. Let's be different. Let's look on the positive side
Lou Covey, The Local Motive May 04, 2012 at 11:33 PM
That should have read "complained". (stupid iPad)
Ralph Garcia May 05, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Hopefully my dog and I will be able to walk from my store to Chase bank on that day to make a deposit ( not counting the dog's deposit along the way)
Hamilton Woods May 05, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Who cares what he has to say. He made so many promises regarding "Change" and delivered nothing. You have to be real stupid to vote for him to do nothing for another four years.
Cindy Leafe May 05, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I agree with a previous comment about focusing on the positive....regardless whether you like him or not .......how often does The President happen to visit the city that YOU live in? I think its pretty darn cool & hope to catch a glimpse.
Merrily May 08, 2012 at 06:02 AM
Ralph, I am sure you will clean up after your dog's deposit tho!!! :D
Merrily May 08, 2012 at 06:04 AM
I didn't see any ticket for sale on the link for $250. It just started at $1,000!!!
squirt May 10, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I figured Obama was coming to town when I saw all the military helicopters flying around El Camino, 280 and the Alameda last week. Way to be Secret, Service! Alas, much as I would like to cheer on the President, I have to use my $250 to pay rent the next week. Any news yet on public viewing?
Lynette Huth May 15, 2012 at 06:10 AM
That site has tickets $1000 and over. Where are the $250 tix?
COH May 21, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Can we get a motorcade route and approimate times? El Camino has no parking signs like every 10 feet from 5th avenue to downtown. So, I assume he will emerge from Atherton at Selby. If he has to be at the Fox by six - I'll be planted at my corner at Dumbarton & El C about 5:30! WAIT! If he's to have dinner at the Goldman's at 5:30 - and at the Fox by SIX?!?! When will he have time to eat and schmooze at the Goldman's??? For $35,800 - that's NOT much time! And to be at the Garden Court at 4:30 - he'll need at LEAST 15 minutes to get to Atherton - unless they stop all traffic from PA. Will he be traveling on Middlefield? Or El Camino? I don't see no parking signs anywhere else. El Camino is closed to parking until 12:00 AM - so I assume he'll be staying at the Goldman's overnight? The airport is the other way. Is he flying into SF or SJ airport? San Carlos? Can he land in San Carlos? C'mon - do some reporting!
Lou Covey, The Local Motive May 21, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Secret Service will not publiosh routes. Just go home early, pop a bottle of wine and watch the sunset.
COH May 21, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Just got back from my fact-finding mission. I went by the house he will be at in Atherton - 4 Secret Service at the gate (no prostitutes in sight ; ), and lots of activity behind them, as well as major construstion on several houses on that street! (Atrherton is like one BIG construciton zone! What recession!?!?!) Anywho - he'll for sure be coming up El Camino. They have placed MORE no parking signs on El Camino at least to Atherton Ave (that's as far as I went). I guess RWC ran out of them - the new one's are CalTrans, but have different times for no parking. Their signs say from 5 to 10PM, the Earlier NP signs say 3pm-12AM. Basically - the ONLY way to get from Ath Ave. to Downtown RWDCY is via El Camino. I suspect he will be late to the Fox, though. I'll be on my corner. With a sign and a video camera! I CAN'T WAIT FOR MY BRUSH WITH GREATNESS! I'm getting excited! HOw often does the President come to your very own home town, and drive by your very own street?!?!?! (I would feel different if he was a Republican, though. Meh.)
COH May 21, 2012 at 08:40 PM
He's gotten a lot done, despite the childish Tepublican obstructionism and extreme partisianship. To avoid that scenario for another four years, vote DEMOCRAT all the way, and SEE how much will get done.
Random Person May 21, 2012 at 09:01 PM
The very fact that people feel a sparkle when they cross paths with a renowned person, the fact that they feel that brush of greatness strikes me as ridiculous. It looks like name dropping, worshiping, idolizing. As you might guess, I despise the Royal Wedding, the Academy Awards, these mega fund raisers. The real reason to go there is to give him money because they say this well be a billion dollar campaign on each side (though I think it will be less), plus more once you include PAC's and unions. I think the $250 tickets are sold out by now. It's OK. For $250, I will buy you dinner and let you take a picture with me. A nobody, a real 99 percenter :). And I'm not sure Obama is great. He passed health care reform, but without the public option. Wars still going on. Signed patriot act. Gitmo alive and well. Still not able to get unemployment under control. Unified the right. Increased budget by about $1T in three years.
TGD May 21, 2012 at 09:25 PM
I'm sure he'll be upset you couldn't make it.


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