PHOTOS: Obama Lands at Moffett Field

President Obama arrived in the Bay Area Sunday for political fundraisers in Silicon Valley and a town hall meeting on Monday.

President Barack Obama arrived at Sunday afternoon for a series of fundraising events and to attend a town hall meeting on Monday hosted by Mountain View-based at the

Air Force One landed at 5:33 p.m. and was greeted by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Mountain View Mayor Jac Siegel and NASA Ames Center Director Pete Worden, as well as around 40 guests. Chief Scott Vermeer also attended.

"This is beyond words," said Doris Thompson, a Daly City resident. "And to shake his hand was even better."

The plane arrived around 38 minutes late from Seattle, because a previous fundraiser the president attended ran late. Obama stepped off the plane at 5:42 p.m., spent a few minutes shaking hands and then left in a motorcade of about 20 vehicles.

"We are very honored," said Jossette Thompson of Hayward, "especially for my 5-year-old."

She said the president greeted her son, Jayden, with, "Hi buddy, how are you today?"

The boy responded, "Fine. Thank You, sir."  

Philippine-born Patria Chung, a San Mateo resident, expressed how emotional this moment was for her.

"I have a headache from all the excitement," she said. "I have yet to see a president since arriving in the U.S., and that's over 40 years."

Obama is expected to attend two fundraisers Sunday night, one at the Woodside home of Chairman John Thompson, and the other at the Atherton home of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

Monday's event, "," will be a forum for a live audience of
LinkedIn members and employees±plus online members nationwide—to ask the president about job creation and the economy, according to the White House press secretary's office.

To watch Monday's live town hall meeting, officials encourage the
public to log onto LinkedIn.com or WhiteHouse.gov/live.

Additional reporting by Bay City News Service

Ann Krueger Spivack March 27, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Dear Thorisa, you would have liked hearing Jose Antonio Vargas at the roundtable. I agree with you in terms of Wall Street and the harm done to the U.S. by the big banks. Thank you for your good works on behalf of our schools. What did your organizations do with the money you raised?
KMD March 27, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Banks and Gov't are one in the same.
Ken Rosenberg March 29, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Thanks to those on the list who attended the Civility Roundtable. It was an outstanding discussion, that in my humble opinion, did in fact advance the conversation. I hope to see you at the next one (probably in October) and probably something to do with healthcare or a roundtable with teenagers.
KMD March 29, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Both party's pit us against one another to get us fighting over silly things while they are off in the corner doing what they want taking the focus off themselves. In less than 24 hours Nancy Pelosi has reintroduced some existing women's rights bill, added a few things she knew Republicans would never vote for and then cried out Republican's are anti-women, all to rally the female base... again. Most astonishing to me was the (female) news reporter on ABC reported it that way last night. One can only cry wolf so many times till someone figures it out. This morning the Democratic Senate voted in favor of oil subsidies - not that I'm opposed, but who'd thunk it possible? In 2010 Republicans were voted in to stop Obama, & yet Mitch McConnell & friends play right along with him. It's hard to discern between the two party's. When it comes down to election time they (politicians) say & do whatever it takes to get a vote. It's never been about what is good for us. It's about what is good for them & saving their political careers. We're so smart we keep reelecting them b/c we all think it's someone else's representative who is the bad guy, when in fact our own reps are equally as bad. We're nothing but a bunch of pawns in their game that are best kept fighting to take the focus off of what they are doing to us. We only have ourselves to blame.
Summer Hemphill April 01, 2012 at 05:30 AM
This story is six months old !!! How about a new story about the upcoming elections to comment on,we've pretty much worn this one out !!!


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