Traffic disruptions expected for President Obama's visit to Stanford


President Barack Obama is at Stanford University today, Feb. 13, for a cybersecurity summit and local commuters should expect traffic disruptions, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

"Due to the President's planned visit to the Stanford University campus ... we anticipate significant traffic delays in the area of the campus and the north end of Palo Alto from late morning through late afternoon. Drivers are advised to avoid these areas if possible," the department said.

Obama arrived in the Bay Area Thursday evening for a trip that will include a speech at the cybersecurity summit and a Democratic fundraiser later today.

The president arrived in Air Force One, which touched down at 5:15 p.m. at San Francisco International Airport.

Obama greeted a crowd of several dozen people who were waiting to meet him, including San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

Dave Bernstein, an Oakland resident, was among the crowd gathered there, which was made up largely of family members and friends of government officials and employees.

Bernstein was holding his 10-month-old son when the president reached out to pick up little Alexander and blow him a kiss.

"I wasn't expecting anything. The president was looking the other way the whole time, but then he turned his head and started reaching," Bernstein said. "I'll have those pictures forever."

Obama stayed overnight in San Francisco and is visiting Palo Alto this morning to deliver remarks at 11:20 a.m. at the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection.

At 12:20 p.m., the president will host a roundtable at Stanford with local business leaders, then attend a 4:40 p.m. Democratic National Committee fundraiser at a private residence in San Francisco.

Obama is then leaving from SFO on Saturday and flying to Palm Springs in Southern California.

The president last visited the Bay Area in October on a fundraising trip.

A live stream of the summit is being broadcast on

— Palo Alto Weekly staff and Bay City News


4 people like this
Posted by marie
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Feb 13, 2015 at 12:13 pm

every time potus passes through we always have to go through being buzzed by helicopters over tree tops for hours on end or having lives disrupted by closing surrounding street. [Portion removed]

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Posted by SCB
a resident of another community
on Feb 13, 2015 at 9:40 pm

SCB is a registered user.

So what? Deal with it! I'd bet you wouldn't mind if our President were a Republican! We should always be honored to have a President of our country visit no matter which party he belongs to. It means we live in an important place. You could always live somewhere else if you are not happy about the situation.

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 14, 2015 at 8:33 am

SteveC is a registered user.

Marie: Get over it. It doesn't matter what president come for visit for whatever reason. It's a privilege to have him.

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