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

Tim March 22, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Not if that's your true goal, of course not. But there are liberal groups out there actively trying to silence conservative voices. For example, the criminal front group known as "Media Matters" is out there attempting to intimidate Rush Limbaugh advertisers into ending their sponsorship of his program. Others, like Al "Not-So" Sharpton have pressed for the FCC to go after conservative talk radio. Having a civil debate is great but when you don't like the arguments and beliefs of someone, why can't it end with you simply turning off the radio? Why do you think you (general "you") have the right to intimidate and force someone into silence?
Ann Krueger Spivack March 22, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Thank you, Maggie. I did enjoy that thought. Here's a quote from Ben Franklin -- which of our modern parties do you think he'd align himself with? "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-arm lamb contesting the vote." And Ben also said, "Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame," a thought I try to keep in mind.
Maggie Kelly March 22, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I believe Ben would be an Independent as Mr Lieberman...but he wouldn't try another party first.
Summer Hemphill March 23, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Tim is still nostalgic for better times & the glory of the Whig Party ! This of course is where the term "Whiging Out" originated !! Tim's been on the wrong side of every issue since the "Emancipation Proclamation" & the "Louisiana Purchase". There was even some speculation he might have attempted to mislead investigators during the "Tea Pot Dome" scandal. Pick an issue & if you want to embrace the views of the majority of your neighbors just wait for Tim's opinion & disagree with his assessment ! Tim has stretched the truth so far he ought to be careful it doesn't snap back & hit him in the face ! (Note: Some parts of this comment may have been fictionalized & dramatized for the amusement of our readers.)
KMD March 23, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I may have missed comments referring to Summer/Brazen's lack of civility, but have noted you commented to both Tim and I regarding ours. Quite curious. Also, was wondering if you have attended a Tea Party meeting or gathering to see exactly who they are? Using a report or two of an incident that happened doesn't reflect the actions of all Tea Party gatherings. Apparently it was stretch in doing so, since 1.2 Million people gathered peacefully in Washington D.C. w/o incident and leaving the grounds perfectly clean (and unreported by the MSM) funny how that works.
Tim March 23, 2012 at 08:04 AM
@ Summer... do you even know who was responsible for the Emancipation Proclamation? That would be REPUBLICAN President Abraham Lincoln. I guess Mr. Lincoln was just "another Republican on the wrong side" of every issue.
Summer Hemphill March 24, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Yes,everyone knows that Lincoln was a Republican. Unfortunately ever since President Lyndon Johnson (a Democrat) championed the "Voters Right Act" racists in the South have voted for Republicans in every election. Republican Presidential candidates depend on the votes of these bigots,it's called "The Southern Strategy" !! I'm surprised you've never heard of it as it seems like the sort of thing you'd whole-heartedly support !! Republicans can't win without these repugnant & ignorant white voters (you'd certainly fit right in) !! Nothing could illustrate my point better than your having to go back to the 1860's to find a Republican who's sympathetic to the plight of black people in America !!!!! You're hilarious !!!!!!! Like the angel said "Everytime you comment a Democrat gets a another vote" !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tim March 24, 2012 at 06:47 AM
LBJ championed the Civil Rights Act? Are you kidding? He was dragged kicking and screaming. It was the Republican Congress that passed the Civil Rights Act. And by the way, yours is the pary of racism.... Up until his recent death, Senator Robert Byrd, Democrat WV was himself a KKK member. Yes, Democrats are the party of civil rights, lmao. You're funny.
Tim March 24, 2012 at 06:50 AM
Speaking of race.... all GOP candidates denounced the tragic shooting in FL of an innocent black teen. Only Obama had to bring race into it with no evidence it was a racially motivated ordeal. "If I had a son he'd look like him". Yes, that's the president that was going to unite us and make us a color blind society.
Tim March 24, 2012 at 07:09 AM
Sorry Summer, the GOP was in the minority in Congress in 1964. But, the 1964 Civil Rights Act passed the US Senate 73-27 with 21 Democrats voting against and just 6 Republicans. You might want to re-take History 101. In fact Democrat Senator Robert Byrd himself was one that attempted to fillibuster the bill.
Summer Hemphill March 24, 2012 at 08:06 AM
Then why are Republican legislatures trying to supress the minority vote with a concerted campaign to pass unnecessary restrictions on the elderly,the young & the poor ? I'll tell you why it's because a majority of them vote for Democrats !!! You're either delusional or lying through your teeth once again if you're saying Republicans support the interests of anyone but themselves !! Your typical Republican voter is the idiot who shouted "pretend it's Obama" at Rick Santorum as he took target practice yesterday in Louisiana !! When are you starting a defense fund for your hero George Zimmerman ???
Summer Hemphill March 24, 2012 at 08:23 AM
Wikipedia says that LBJ overcame southern resistance to get the "Democrat" controlled Congress to pass the "Civil Rights Act" in 1964 !! Upon signing the bill with Martin Luther King Jr. looking on Johnson said "Democrats were signing away the south for 50 years !! He was correct as the bigots changed parties & have voted for Republicans below the Mason-Dixon line ever since !!! It's really inspiring that you can find two examples of Republicans standing up for the rights of black Americans,once in the 1860's & once in the 1960's !!! Unfortunately most of us won't be here to see what they'll do in 2060 !!!!!
Summer Hemphill March 24, 2012 at 08:43 AM
They're both black,so certainly Obama's son would look like him ! The shooting as everyone but you can see was perpetrated by a white racist & the investigation was botched by white police officers !! Just because the majority of Americans elected a black man President doesn't mean that the racially hateful rhetoric that you & your friends regurgitate on a daily basis will end. On the contrary it just gave you morons an excuse to fan the flames of prejudice & injustice that you cretins hold so close to your hearts !!! It's like the pot calling the kettle black,your unmittigated gall is only exceeded by your obvious prejudice !! Although I'm pretty sure that if you actually ever met & spoke to a black person within five minutes they wouldn't like you either !!
Tim March 24, 2012 at 07:10 PM
First off, Obama is half white, but that isn't the point. The point is that an innocent seventeen year old kid is dead and we should be outraged not matter what color his skin is!
Tim March 24, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Summer, let me be clear. I do NOT support George Zimmerman. First off, he's half Hispanic. His father is white, mother hispaic. So because Mr. Zimmerman is a suspect, he's "white". Had me been a victim shot and killed by a white guy, the media would be calling him "hispanic". He's mixed race. Just like President Obama. Mr. Zimmerman needs to be arrested and charged with the death of Trayvon Martin. As a Florida CCW permit holder myself, I am keenly aware of Florida's statues on justifiable homicide. Florida Statute 776.013(3) states... "A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony. " The problem for Mr. Zimmerman is two fold in my opinion. I question whether his initial activities in chasing Mr. Martin were "lawful". And even if it was, I don't believe the amount of force was "reasonable" under the circumstances. But we'll have to see what the investigation shows. Who was screaming on the 911 tapes? Mr. Zimmerman was bleeding from the face and back of the head. How did this happen?
Tim March 24, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I would also like to say that while Mr. Zimmerman was permitted to carry a concealed firearm under Florida law, he made several mistakes in his actions. As a neighborhood watchman, he had no business doing anything other than "watching" and reporting to the police. He never should have gotten out of his car to confront Mr. Martin. He also should have exercised better judgement and left his weapon at home while performing his neighborhood watch duties as is their protocol.
Tim March 24, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Summer you can spin it however you want but the Senate vote speaks for itself. 21 Democrats in the US Senate voted AGAINST the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and Democrat Senator Robert Byrd, the former KKK member who served in the Senate until 2010 was one of those 21 Democrats that attempted to filibuster the bill. Summer, you're entitled of course to your own opinion but not your own facts.
Ann Krueger Spivack March 25, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Ken, I would like to say thanks for the civility roundtable, and especially for encouraging liberals and conservatives to sit side by side and talk to each other. What a stellar panel you assembled. I hope to attend the next one too. Thanks!
Marguerite Nafey March 26, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Thank you for sharing the President's arrival.
Maggie Kelly March 27, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I hope to see some of the results posted somewhere on the civility roundtable, if possible.
Ann Krueger Spivack March 27, 2012 at 05:04 PM
@Maggie -- here's a link to photos from the event: http://losaltos.patch.com/articles/photos-civility-rountable-undocumented-immigration Ken Rosenberg, who's one of the commenters above) put together a panel that really represented all sides of the issue from conservative Don Barich to Santa Clara's county district attorney Jeff Rosen to Oscar Garcia, head of Mountain View's Chamber of Commerce to Maria Marroquin who heads up M.V.'s somewhat controversial day worker center to Jose Antonio Vargas, himself an undocumented immigrant. (You can read Jose's great article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/magazine/my-life-as-an-undocumented-immigrant.html?pagewanted=all
Ann Krueger Spivack March 27, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Here's the thing: Jose sat between Jeff (the D.A.) and Don (the staunch conservative) and even though all three of them have radically different views on this issue, the conversation was always respectful and courteous. Jeff Rosen, who spoke thoughtfully and carefully about immigrants and civil law vs. criminal law said that unless immigrants commit a crime, they stay off his radar. Jose -- who spoke very passionately -- was able to give us all a sense of how it feels to want to become a citizen -- after living here almost all his life -- and not being able to do it. He said, "People tell me I have to go to the end of the line, and I will, but just tell me where the line is."
Ann Krueger Spivack March 27, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Before this roundtable, I didn't have a sense of how difficult it is for immigrants who have lived here all their lives to become citizens. And on the other hand, I thought Don Barich's comments were smart and brought up very good points as well. From the comments above (especially the conversation between Tim and me) I was feeling that there was no way we could join together to come up with solutions for the problems the U.S. faces. This roundtable felt like the best of America -- people willing to sit and listen to the other side, and to not dismiss a person's views just because they belong to a different political party. Thank you Ken.
Mamta March 27, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Yesterday On CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, they showed a footage of a person telling FOX news that the man shouting " HELP" was Mr Zimmerman and that he was assaluted by Trayvon. So there are clearly contradicting evidences here.
thorisa yap March 27, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Hello Everyone.... I came to the US in 1975 as a foreign student and my aunt sponsored me. I went to the college while working 2 jobs on the campus and one from my relative outside the campus..all were legal and the money helping me paid for my school tuition, car, Living expense, and my family oversea. 7 years later I got marry and received a Green card within 3 months because of my clean record. In 1987 I became US citizen after I hold my green card for 5 years..I was an F1 Visa not refugee status so I could not get any help from social services, plus I never asked my family oversea or my sponsor. In 1991 I started doing my full time volunteer and activist..I am still doing now..My husband and I donated $100,000 dollars to various organizations. ( single income from his work ) I volunteer mostly in schools and one project that I was proud in which I lead 8 parents profiting about $32,000. Only 40-45 of hard working parents ran several programs in my public school that profited $200,000 per year. No one heard about the story. I want everyone to know that not every immigrant will walk across the border and demand the same right. Some of us do work very hard and obey the laws. Now 2 things we need to do in order to get our country back on track.1. Fight the Defense Budget in which it has 130 bases around the world..plus 2 wars are going on..time to come home.. 2.The Crook Wall Street workers who took the Money..Billion of Dollars none never go to jails..my take and opinion.
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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