News - October 27, 2010

Protestors, fans greet Obama in Atherton

President Barack Obama attended a fundraising event Thursday night, Oct. 21, at the Atherton home of former state controller Steve Westly, a venture capitalist who ran for governor on the Democratic ticket in 2006 and co-chaired Mr. Obama's California campaign in 2008.

The event was a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee as well as San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, a candidate for California attorney general.

Along Alameda de las Pulgas, the presidential motorcade encountered onlookers and dozens of protestors, holding signs such as "GET EQUAL: Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and "The Obamanator kills Jobs, kills prosperity, kills hopes."

The Atherton event followed a meeting of the president with Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the Westin hotel near San Francisco International Airport, and preceded a fundraising dinner in Palo Alto that night at the home of Google executive Marissa Mayer.

About 50 people attended each event, with the price of admission at up to $30,400 per person. The events were expected to raise about $1.8 million for the Democratic National Committee.

Go to for more information. Pool reporter Carol Lee of Politico magazine contributed to this report.


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