Supporters, Protesters Ready to Greet Obama

Groups like the Tea Party and Occupy Redwood City will be there.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to land in the Bay Area this evening, and his visit is being eagerly anticipated by big-ticket supporters, local residents, and protesters alike.

Air Force One is expected to fly in from Colorado and land at Moffett Field in Mountain View early this evening.

Obama's first fundraising stop will be a private dinner at the Atherton home of philanthropists Lisa and Doug Goldman. Tickets for the event cost $35,800 per person.

The president will then attend at Redwood City's , where he is scheduled to speak at about 9:25 p.m. for the event started at $1,000 per person and went as high as $12,500.

Redwood City resident Lisa Chang walked by Fox Theater this morning said she is excited Obama is coming to town.

"He's the coolest president we've ever had," Chang said.

Various groups plan to gather outside the theater to protest the president's appearance.

Terry Valen, president of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, said today that dozens of community members will be in downtown Redwood City starting at around 6 p.m. to protest the president's immigration policies and the U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

"We are concerned recently about the increased military presence in the Philippines," Valen said.

Valen said U.S. forces have been responsible for damaging the environment and causing harm to local women in island communities.

also plans to be outside the theater to protest corporate funding of politicians and the war in Afghanistan, according to Occupy member James Lee.

Several streets in downtown Redwood City will beginning at around 3 p.m., according to police.

Broadway Street will be closed to traffic at Winslow Street and Jefferson Avenue, though pedestrians will be allowed to get as close as Hamilton Street and Middlefield Road.

Updated information on street closures can be found at www.redwoodcity.org.

A group that hopes to save Moffett Field's landmark Hangar One will be vying for the president's attention as soon as he touches down.

Members of the Save Hangar One Committee, a group working to preserve and restore the 80-year-old hangar, plan to gather right outside the airfield gates with signs asking Obama to help secure funds to save the structure.

"We just want to remind him that at this point, saving the hangar might be up to him," committee spokesman Lenny Siegel said.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner is also scheduled to be in the Bay Area tonight, to attend a fundraiser for the Republican Party in Woodside.

Republican House Budget Chair Paul Ryan is scheduled to make a fundraising visit to San Francisco on Thursday.

Obama is scheduled to fly out from Moffett Field on Thursday morning.


--Bay City News

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Random Person May 24, 2012 at 06:38 PM
> who think America is about moving forward and embracing a positive vision of > the future, not turning the clock back and building fences...the list goes on and > on. Oh please. Republicans care about the future too. They just don't want central planning. And you know, democrats talk fondly of the 1940's to 1970's when tax rates were too high. And sometimes I think they want to go back to the 13th century, when we were ruled by kings. They want Obama to be a dictator who will remake the world in the image of good, like a king. When Bush issues too many executive orders, it is rightly described as a usurpation of power (doing things without going through Congress), but when Obama issues too many executive orders, it is OK because he is fundamentally good.
Random Person May 24, 2012 at 06:39 PM
> Random person rambles but are you afraid to say who you are? Chicken You're right. I feel embarrassed. But I'm scared to come out as well, because being a republican in the Bay Area is like inviting insults, lynchings, etc. I was just listening to a show on NPR where it was said the left and right need to come together as we are doing here, but you must your real name. The connection has to be there. So maybe one day I will say my name.
Random Person May 24, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Hope you had fun hobnobbing with rich techies and venture capitalists. You know, those evil Bain type people :).
TGD May 24, 2012 at 06:58 PM
"Hannity talks a lot about this" These shows aren't news, they are biased ramblings. It goes both ways. Maybe you should stop listening to these type of people and come up with an opinion of your own.
Ralph Garcia May 24, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Being a Republican is nothing to be shy about. I'm a registered Republican. I can't really see much difference in either party, Liers, Cheats, Thieves. It's all about what's in it for them.


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