Protestors, supporters greet president


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President Obama attended a fundraising event for San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris at a private residence in Atherton on Thursday night. Ms. Harris is a candidate for California attorney general.

The event was held at the Atherton home of former state controller Steve Westly. A venture capitalist, Mr. Westly ran for governor on the Democratic ticket in 2006 and co-chaired Mr. Obama's California campaign in 2008.

Traffic on the Alameda de las Pulgas was halted for a time as the presidential motorcade passed. The motorcade departed the Westly residence around 6:20 p.m.

Pool reporter Carol Lee of Politico magazine posted the report below at 6:39 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, on President Barack Obama's visit to Atherton. (POTUS stands for president of the United States):

Atherton, Calif.

Oct. 21, 2010

President Obama left the Westin hotel near the airport at 4:39 p.m. after his meeting with Steve Jobs. POTUS is riding around in an SUV, not a limo, in San Francisco this evening.

After a 20-minute ride south on an empty Highway 280, the motorcade encountered some of the usual onlookers, and a group of protesters, along the residential streets.

One man held a sign above his head that said "GET EQUAL Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Further down the road, the motorcade faced dozens of protesters as it as it made a right turn onto the street leading to the fundraiser POTUS is attending. They were gathered at a distance but held up a gigantic sign featuring mug shots of POTUS with a Hitler mustache and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It was impossible to miss. POTUS and Pelosi's images were in the middle of the sign, with "Hello FDR Recovery" on one side, and "Goodbye Wall Street Traitors" on the other.

Other signs included "The Obamanator kills Jobs, kills prosperity, kills hopes."

"Meg 2010" for Meg Whitman, the Republican gubernatorial candidate; and another sign for Carly Fiorina, the Republican challenging Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

At 5:09 p.m. POTUS arrived at the home of Anita Yu and Steve Westly in Atherton, Calif., where he'll do a photo receiving line here to raise money for District Attorney Kamala Harris, who is running for attorney general in California. The grip-and-grin is closed press.

POTUS will then attend two DNC fundraisers.

Info on those, from a Democratic Party official:

The first DNC fundraiser dinner is also at the home of Anita Yu and Steve Westly (no press coverage).

The second is at the home of Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue in Palo Alto.

50 people will be at each event. The price of admission is up to $30,400 per person.

The events are expected to raise in total about $1.8 million for the DNC.

Pool is holding before heading to the 2nd home, where POTUS will deliver remarks.

Carol Lee


● Three reports on the president's visit to Addison Avenue in Palo Alto.

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Posted by Ano Nymous
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 21, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Did people forget to make protest signs for Kamala Harris, the individual running for AG who has made a career of NOT prosecuting criminals in SF?

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Posted by tom h
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm

how about a sign
good job we are with you
like we said we would be

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Posted by Ano Nymous
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Still stuck on that hopey-changey thing, are we...?

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Oct 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm

"stuck on that hopey-changey thing,"

Yes, nice play on the half term governor Sarah's words.

We're stuck on it.

As opposed to the fear and hate things from your posts. You've posted a couple dozen times in the last day and half, and most of them get removed, cut or censored.

What's up with that?

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Posted by S G Scott
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Oct 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm

I must apologize for my obscene gesture to that large group on the Alameda, protesting the Presidents visit. It was my knee-jerk over-reaction, as we passed by, to their crass ugliness in depicting Obama with the Hitler mustache and other demeaning and ignorant signage. Such displays occur in other parts of the country, I know, but I hardly expected our enlightened peninsula here to experience this kind of blighted discourse. Next time, a simple thumb down.

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Oct 22, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Photos distort the "crowd" -- very few showed up. Maybe two dozen. Pathetic.
Thanks tom h for your comment. Let's go to DC for the Rally to Restore Sanity!!

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Posted by Steve
a resident of another community
on Oct 23, 2010 at 8:53 am

That's because it is all talk and no action. This is especially true on the webb.

Why appologize for the finger should have given a double diget!

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