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First pool report: Obama arrives at OAK

By Josh Richman
Monday, July 23rd, 2012 at 3:09 pm in 2012 presidential election, Barack Obama, Oakland, Obama presidency.

Air Force One touched down at Oakland International Airport at 2:34 p.m. Pacific Time; POTUS exited the plane at about 2:43 p.m.. First in the greeting line was Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., followed by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson.

Also in the greeting line were retired AT&T worker Evelyn Moses; Alameda Labor Council executive secretary-treasurer Josie Camacho; salon owner Pamela Thomson; retiree Dezie Woods-Jones; CREDO Action new media director Andrew Cully; Association of Bay Area Governments communications director Janet Cox; self-employed caregiver Cathye Leonard; and fitness trainer Sue Mittleman.

POTUS then moved to greet a small crowd of campaign supporters with a hearty “How are you doin’ today?” One woman responded, “We’ve got your back.” After working the rope line there, he entered the car and motorcade departed via Airport Drive, 98th Avenue and Interstate 880, bound for the Scottish Rite temple near Oakland’s Lake Merritt, where he’ll do a closed-press roundtable with tech leaders for which tickets cost $35,800 per head.

Arrived at Scottish Rite temple at 3:12 p.m.

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  • Elwood

    “First in the greeting line was Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., followed by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson.”

    I’d turn around and get back on the plane. And then I’d wait while the ignorati (I know that’s not a word, but it should be)come and throw their money in the cargo hold.

  • JohnW

    I think he extended an invitation for Oakland/Alameda County Republicans to join the greeting party, but both of them were out of town.

    I wonder if he took the shuttle to the Coliseum BART station and rode public transit into the 12 Street station.