Obama's two-day trip to California this week has another important purpose - fundraising.
The Democratic presidential candidate will headline six fundraisers in San Francisco and Los Angeles that could raise millions for the Democratic National Committee and his campaign.
The president's trip, his ninth visit to California since he was elected in 2008, will include four events to pick up campaign cash in the Bay Area - including two at Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco expected to draw 2,500 attendees each, with tickets ranging from $25 for general admission to $10,000 for a VIP reception.
A more exclusive gathering will be a private dinner for 60 supporters at the Pacific Heights home of Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff that is sold out at $35,800 a seat.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Not to brag, but Free Will HQ is located near some of San Francisco's ritziest neighborhoods. Last night, I had to make a detour on my drive home because the police were blocking a couple blocks off from traffic (Jackson @ Presidio, if you must know). There were plenty of gawkers and TV crews, plus the cops were all in a jolly mood, so you knew nobody was dead or anything. And looking down the hill of the closed off street, I could see a large white tent outside one of the bigger mansions*. Live in San Francisco long enough, and you'll know what that means: Presidential fund raiser!
While in the tent, Obama apparently made his usual snotty, ill informed comments about high gas prices.
Honestly, you can practically hear the exasperation. Why, oh why, do Americans complain about high gas prices? And too bad they can't afford to buy Teslas, har har. And yeah, there might be a lot of Middle Eastern oil that is perpetually subject to "instability" - brought about your administration's wrong footed approaches to the various uprisings in the region, I might add - but there's a lot of oil here in the US, even in California, which we're not really allowed to exploit. And so on. Not that I would expect anyone at a $35,000 a head fund raiser to make those points. Obama's critics are more exercised about trivia like the imprisonment of Bradley Manning
As it happens, I was listening to Mark Levin's show when I had to make my detour. Right at that moment Levin started ranting about how Obama was going to fund raising events in San Francisco, rather than visit tornado victims in North Carolina. Talk about niche programming.
UPDATE: Zombie, of course, has the guest list.
*some local knowledge for you. The mansions on this part of Jackson Street are some of the most desirable addresses in the City because they border on the Presidio and have sweeping views of the Golden Gate.