President lands at Moffett

President Barack Obama arrived Wednesday evening at Moffett Federal Airfield aboard Airforce One. He's in the Bay Area for a quick round of fundraising events.

Air Force One flew in from Colorado and touched down at Moffett Field at 6:18 p.m.

The president, clad in a dark suit and blue tie, waved and smiled at the crowd of dozens awaiting his arrival before greeting local officials, including NASA Ames Research Center Director Simon Pete Worden, Sunnyvale Mayor Tony Spitaleri, Mountain View Mayor Mike Kasperzak and Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto.

The president shook hands with members of the crowd before getting into his town car and driving off in his motorcade.

One attendee who shook the president's hand was 10-year-old Kyle Chomaker of Pleasanton. The Fairlands Elementary School student was stunned by the gesture saying, "I didn't think it was possible."

Sheila Johnson, a community relations coordinator for NASA Ames Research Center, said she has met three presidents in her lifetime but her excitement hasn't waned.

"It is an absolute thrill and joy to be privileged to be here to shake his hand," she said.

Obama arrived at a fundraising dinner at the Atherton home of philanthropists Lisa and Doug Goldman at around 7:10 p.m. Tickets for the dinner cost $35,800 per person.

Obama then headed to Redwood City's Fox Theatre, where he spoke at a sold-out rally at around 9:25 p.m. Premium seating for the event started at $1,000 per person with some paying as much as


On Thursday, the president is expected to attend a fundraiser at the Fairmont San Jose. Twenty people are expected to attend the 8:30 a.m. event, which cost $35,800 per person.

He left from Moffett Field on Thursday at around 10:20 a.m., spending only about 16 hours in the Bay Area.


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Posted by Martin Omander
a resident of Rex Manor
on May 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm

"He left from Moffett Field on Thursday at around 10:20 a.m., spending only about 16 hours in the Bay Area."

I'm glad I don't have the president's kind of schedule :-)

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