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Obama to visit Walmart in Mt. View on Friday

President Barack Obama will visit a Walmart store in Mountain View on Friday to talk about the importance of energy efficiency, a White House official said Tuesday.

The president arrives in Silicon Valley Thursday to do two fundraisers benefiting the Democratic National Committee – one, an exclusive tech roundtable for 20 at the Los Altos home of 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki – at $32,400 per head – and the other a bigger event at the Mountain View headquarters of Y Combinator, cohosted by company president Sam Altman and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, for which tickets cost from $1,000 to $32,400 per head.

Further details on the Friday event in Mountain View will come soon, the White House said.

I’ll be the pool reporter for Thursday’s and Friday’s events, so watch here for detailed accounts.

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.

  • Willis James

    Walmart in Mountain View… I suppose its theoretically possible.

    When he is there, do you think any mention will be made of the wage of the average store employee?
    Lets see, the front-line crew would “take home” at best $8.00 per hour.

    So if they worked 4,050 hours, or about two years, they could afford one of those top tickets to the fundraiser for the DNC… the party of the people.

    But of course, their policies aimed at bringing in ever more lower skilled workers will certainly help those Walmart workers in the years to come.
    Or is that fact, which is not talked about, the reason why we need the higher minimum wage, because the current surplus of workers has driving down wages so low, that minimum wage now becomes the typical wage for huge segments of the workforce.
    I’m sure a few million more lower skilled, lesser educated, workers will only make the economic environment of the lower class even better.

    Thank you DNC. Please don’t bother to ever discuss that touchy topic.

  • Elwood

    I hope you’re not criticizing our beloved leader, for that would make you a racist.