Protestors prepare to meet Obama in SF

So President Barack Obama will be here in the Bay Area tomorrow for a Democratic Party fundraiser at San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis Hotel; he’s flying in to San Francisco International Airport tomorrow afternoon and leaving Friday morning. A $500 ticket is for standing room only; a $1,000 VIP ticket gets you a seat.

I see various groups of conservative activists are gearing up for street protests outside the hotel – some with general complaints, some focused more on health care reform. And I see at least one group from the other side of the political spectrum will be there calling for “Healthcare Not Warfare! Money for People’s Needs, Not the Pentagon!;” “End the Occupations of Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and Haiti!;” “U.S. Out of Latin America – Restore President Zelaya in Honduras!;” and “Overturn NAFTA and CAFTA!”

What, nothing on his failure to deliver so far on his promise to end the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy? Oh, I’m sure there’ll be some people there for that, too.

And of course the Republican National Committee has something to say about it, as well, per spokesman Jahan Wilcox:

“President Obama is heading to San Francisco for a fancy dinner in the penthouse suite of the St. Francis Hotel. Rather than holding a public event to explain why California has lost over 477,000 jobs since President Obama signed his so-called economic stimulus package, Democrats opted for a private event where Californians will only be able to catch a brief glimpse of their president if they sign over a $500 check to the Democratic Party.”

UPDATE @ 4:31 P.M.: Hearing that CODEPINK and other groups plan to protest outside the event, San Francisco NAACP chapter president and Third Baptist Church pastor Amos Brown said, noted “President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in working to bring the nations of the world together. We should stand together as Americans and support the President’s efforts to bring peace to our people and end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

“These so-called activists are putting their own personal political agenda ahead of what is good for our country,” Brown continued. “We must let President Obama finish the work he has started to get our troops home safely and end these unnecessary wars. I call on these people to stand with me in support of the President.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • John W.

    What, no Lyndon Larouchies?

  • Deborah Leigh

    Funny how Pastor Brown didn’t call for national unity and support when President Bush was in office. But put a half Black guy in there and everyone should sing “Kumbaya”. Disgraceful.

    to John W: There probably will be Lyndon LaRouche supporters. So what? Their outrageous communication methods are still free speech.

  • John W.

    to Deborah Leigh

    “Their (LaRouchies)…methods are still free speech.”

    Nobody said otherwise. I don’t question their free speech rights; just their sanity.

  • NorgoToad

    RE: LaRouchies– Yep they’ll be there. Grap your aluminum foil helmets!
    RE: Health Care Reform– pssst.. the insurance companies are crafting the legislation with the best spineless senators money can buy. And due to nobody asking that they be subject to anti-trust laws (they are now exempt BTW), they stand to make a killing. “Reform” or not everybody’s rates will go up– guaranteed. So be happy ya got what you wanted! The real “free” market at work with a pile of mercenary legislators and 40+thousand dead bodies annually on the side just for cheap entertainment value. Good business is where you find it.
    RE: Wars– we love war. Kinda like watching NASCAR: not any fun without seeing them bodies burn and blow-up. Wars aren’t going away any time soon, so don’t worry. Americans love seeing blood… just as long as it’s not their own.