Fourth POTUS pool report: The Fox Theater event

Motorcade departed Piedmont residence at 6:21 p.m. en route to the Fox Theater on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland’s “Uptown” district; arrived there 6:37 p.m.; among supporters nearby was someone with a Ron Paul banner. Visible in a window on Telegraph Avenue was a “Free Beer for Obama” sign.

Press was placed in holding room while POTUS did photo reception; tickets to that cost $7,500, plus $2,500 per additional person in the photo. Other tickets for Fox event cost $100, $250 and $1,000. About 2,000 people attended.

Press was brought into theater at 7:40 p.m. PT in time to hear Obama campaign California political director Peggy Moore introduce Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif. “What a difference three and a half years makes,” Lee said, during her seven minutes of remarks. The nation has seen 28 consecutive months of private-sector job growth on the president’s watch, she noted: “America prospers when we’re all in it together.”

POTUS took the stage at 7:56 p.m. to a deafening, standing ovation. Though he’d worn a jacket at the Piedmont dinner, he appeared here in a white shirt, sleeves rolled to just below the elbow, and dark tie. After two minutes of cheering from the crowd, POTUS joked, “Alright, thank you!” and took a few steps away from the podium as if to leave.

MUCH more, after the jump…
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Five West County youths to attend Obama event

Five youths from two Boys & Girls Clubs in West Contra Costa County have been picked to attend President Obama’s fundraising rally on Monday evening at Oakland’s Fox Theater.

Boys & Girls Club of El Sobrante executive director Billy Zeier, who will act as the kids’ chaperone, called it “a great opportunity … a once in a lifetime chance for these kids.”

“This is a game changer for them … that will be emblazoned and imprinted in their minds for the rest of their lives,” he said.

Zeier said Friday afternoon that five youths ages 10 to 18 are being selected from his club and from the West Contra Costa Salesian Boys & Girls Club in Richmond. A staffer from Rep. George Miller’s office called earlier Friday to notify him that the clubs had been awarded the tickets; Miller himself is a Boys & Girls Club alum, Zeier noted.

As of late Friday afternoon, he hadn’t received information about where in the theater they’ll be sitting or whether they’ll have any access to the president, and he said he was still locking down exactly which youths would attend.

“It’s going to show them they can get to the highest level of our world,” he said. “It’s going to show them their lives are limitless.”

As of late Friday, the $100 balcony seats, $250 general admission seats and $1,000 VIP seats for Monday night’s event are all sold out. Event-sponsor tickets costing $7,500 still remains; that gets you into a photo reception with the president as well, to which you can bring additional people for $2,500 each.

The president earlier Monday will attend a $35,800-per-person roundtable with tech leaders somewhere in the East Bay, and a $35,800-per-plate fundraising dinner at the Piedmont home of progressive activist/attorney Quinn Delaney and real estate developer Wayne Jordan. Jordan is among Obama’s leading “bundlers.”


Romney, Obama and lots of protesters

Bay Area residents can expect a double-whammy of presidential fundraising, and a bevy of protests to go along with it.

Shortly after news broke of President Barack Obama’s fundraising trip to Piedmont and Oakland on Monday, July 23, invitations surfaced for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s events in Woodside and San Francisco on Sunday, July 22.

And protesters will be sure to flock to both.

In fact, a call for protesters to stage outside the president’s 4:30 p.m. event at the Fox Theater on Oakland’s Telegraph Avenue went forth Thursday on the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center’s website.

“I hope you’ll be able to come out, so we can give our President a real East Bay unwelcome, and let him know we’re not happy that he does not have our backs when the big banks foreclose our homes, corporations are allowed to pollute and leave brown fields behind, neighborhood schools are being closed, the police kill people of color with no accountability, OPD kicks the s— out of peaceful protesters, and the feds are raiding our cannabis clubs,” the post said. “The time is now. This is our big chance.”

All $100 and $250 seats for the Fox Theater event have sold out already; VIP seating tickets remain at $1,000, or $7,500 for event-sponsor status including admission to a photo reception; sponsors can then bring additional guests to the photo reception for $2,500 each.

The president also is scheduled to attend a $35,800-a-head dinner reception starting at 4:15 p.m. at the Piedmont home of progressive activist/attorney Quinn Delaney & her husband, real estate developer Wayne Jordan; Jordan is among Obama’s foremost “bundlers.”

And the president earlier that day will hold a roundtable for tech leaders — also at $35,800 per person — at an East Bay location yet to be disclosed.

But Romney will be in the Bay Area sooner, with three events scheduled for the day before the president’s visit.

Romney will have a $50,000-a-head luncheon at the Woodside home of Tom Siebel, founder of C3 and Siebel Systems. Among those scheduled to attend: former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz; Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman; Sun Microsystems cofounder Scott McNealy; and Howard Leach, the former U.S. ambassador to France.

Then Romney heads for a 4:45 p.m. event at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, with tickets ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. Former San Francisco Giants managing general partner Peter Magowan will be among the hosts there.

Romney will cap the day with a 6:30 p.m. dinner in Pacific Heights hosted by Shaklee Corp. chairman and CEO Roger Barnett, with a $50,000-a-head price tag.

And might Romney, while he’s here, announce the Bay Area’s own former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as his running mate, as the Drudge Report predicted Thursday? Well, you never know. But RedState’s Erick Erickson says “bull shiitake mushrooms” to that.


Obama to hold event at Oakland’s Fox Theater

One of President Obama’s July 23 fundraising events will be at Oakland’s Fox Theater.

Tickets for the 4:30 p.m. reception cost $100 for balcony seating; $250 for general admission seating; $1,000 for VIP seating; and $7,500 for event-sponsor status, which includes admission to a photo reception. Sponsors can then bring additional guests to the photo reception for $2,500 each.

The Fox Theater, on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland’s revitalized Uptown district, seats up to 2,800 people, although some areas almost definitely will be set aside for security purposes, news media and so on.

UPDATE @ 9:55 A.M. TUESDAY: The incomparable Doug Sovern of KCBS tweeted last night that afterbefore the Fox Theater event will come a high-rollers fundraising dinner at the Piedmont home of progressive activist/attorney Quinn Delaney & her husband, real estate developer Wayne Jordan.

UPDATE @ 10:05 A.M. TUESDAY: Delaney and Jordan have hosted fundraisers for Obama before. In June 2007, they hosted a luncheon for the then-Senator for which tickets cost $2,300 per person. And in November, they hosted a reception with White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, at $5,000 a couple. The Center for Responsive Politics lists Jordan as Obama’s third-largest bundler, having brought almost $1.5 million to the campaign.

UPDATE @ 12:35 P.M. TUESDAY: The $100 seats have already sold out…


3rd POTUS pool report: Redwood City

Motorcade left Goldman residence in Atherton at 8:58 p.m. and rolled up El Camino Real to Redwood City, where POTUS arrived around 9:08 p.m. and entered Fox Theater to do some photos. Tickets for this event cost $250 for general admission; $1,000 for premium seating; or $7,500 for a seat plus a photo reception, with up to two additional guests in the photo at $2,500 each.

A campaign official said those in attendance at the Fox Theater included theater owners Eric Lochtefeld and Lori Lochtefeld; Redwood City Mayor Alicia Aguirre; and OFA CA Political Director Peggy Moore.

Press was held outside for about 15-20 minutes before entering through side door; sadly, we missed Ben Harper’s performance, but were treated to a significant chunk of the Tom Hanks-narrated video detailing the president’s first-term accomplishments. The audience cheered and applauded certain moments during the video, including Bill Clinton’s first appearance; passage of the Affordable Care Act, swearing in of Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and so on.

The film ended, the stage lights came up and… nothing for a few minutes. The crowd began chanting the president’s name; and then a call and response of “Fired up!” and “Ready to Go!”; and then “Four more years!” Still, nobody.

Finally, after several minutes, POTUS took the stage at 9:46 p.m. to a standing ovation.

“It is good to be back in California,” he said, recognizing and thanking Mayor Aguirre and Ben Harper.

“I’m here because your country needs your help. Four years ago we came together, we came together because we want to reclaim the basic bargain that built the most solid middle class and the most prosperous nation on earth,” he said.

He talked about the American Dream of having equal opportunity for education and prosperity, “no matter who you look like… no matter who you love.”

When he came to office, more and more people were seeing falling incomes, stagnant job growth, unaffordable education. “We built a house of cards, and it ended up collapsing in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.”

“Together, we fought our way back,” he said. When some said we should let Detroit go bankrtupt, we bet on American workers and innovators “and today the American auto industry is back on top of the world.”

“We’re not satisfied, we still have so much more to do” as so many remain jobless, their home mortgages underwater, first responders and teachers being laid off, he said. And that’s why this election is so important – because we can’t go back to the policies that didn’t work. “We have to move forward, not backwards.”

Productivity and hard work are at an all-time high, he said, but the problem is that it doesn’t lead most people to higher income, better jobs, better lives. What Mitt Romney doesn’t understand is that higher profits aren’t desirable “at the cost of massive layoffs” or “shipping jobs overseas” or “gutting all those investments that create a platform for everybody’s success.”

Republicans want deeper tax cuts while services for working people, infrastructure investments and regulations to keep Wall Street are gutted, he said. “That’s not new – the last guy did this,” he said, referring to President George W. Bush. Romney, he said, “is hoping you don’t remember what happened the last time we tried all that.”

“We don’t want government to solve all our problems – it shouldn’t try,” he said. Not every tax dollar can be spent wisely, he said, and not all people can be helped who doesn’t want to help themselves.

“But that’s different from telling the vast majority of hard-working Americans, ‘You’re on your own” when it comes to affording college, health care, a home, he said. “That’s not who we are, that’s not how America was built.”

It was collective investment that created the platform for enterprises like Google and Facebook to be born and thrive, the president said. “It made us all richer, it gave us all opportunity.”

“That’s why I’m running again for President of the United States of America.”

He said he wants to ensure that by this decades end, the nation once again is turning out more engineers and scientists than anywhere else on earth, with everyone able to afford a chance at education and prosperity.

“I’m going to make sure the next generation of technological innovation takes place right here in Silicon Valley” as well as in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and other cities, he said.

He said the nation’s dependence on foreign oil is at a 15-year low while fuel economy standards are better and clean energy production has doubled.

“For the first time in nine years, we have no Americans fighting in Iraq.” OBL is dead, Al Qaeda is on the run and the war in Afghanistan will be over by 2014. “America is safer and stronger and more respected around the world” thanks to service and sacrifice of service members, and the nation must repay them with appropriate veterans’ services.

Romney, he said, opposed ending Iraq war and doesn’t want to set a date for getting out of Afghanistan. “The nation we need to build is our own. We will end this war responsibly.”

“We’re going to pay down our debt in a way that is fair and responsible” after he inherited a trillion-dollar debt, he said.

“It takes a Democrat to fix these problems after they had run up the tab… so we’re going to finish the job.” That means streamlining government but also reforming tax code so “folks like me, only the wealthiest Americans, pay a little bit more.”

Romney, on the other hand, proposes tax cuts paid for by ordinary Americans, and further diminishment of institutions such as Social Security and Medicare, he said.

“On issue after issue, these guys want to go backwards,” the president said, but there’s no time to re-fight the need for health care reform, or abortion rights, or myriad other issues. It’s time to move forward to a country where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, in which you can’t drown out ordinary people by writing a $10 million check to support or oppose a campaign.

America is about unity, using everyone’s talents to move the nation forward, he said. This election is tough – more negative ads and undisclosed spending through the rise of SuperPACs, but “ultimately the outcome of this election is going to be up to you,” he said.

“Gays love you!” an audience member shouted out; the president didn’t break his rhetorical stride.

“When you decide its time for change to happen, guess what – change happens,” he said. “If people ask you what this campaign is about, tell them its still about hope, its still about change.”

“I still believe in you; I hope you still believe in me,” he said.

POTUS finished at 10:19 p.m. First song on the PA system as he left stage: Bruce Springsteen’s “We Take Care of Our Own.”

POTUS is headed to San Jose’s Fairmont Hotel, where he’ll spend the night and hold a campaign fundraiser with Asian American/Pacific Islander contributors tomorrow morning before leaving from Moffett Field around 10 a.m.


Obama to attend three Silicon Valley fundraisers

President Barack Obama will attend three fundraisers in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, May 23.

First up will be a campaign roundtable to support the Asian American/Pacific Islander community at 4:30 p.m. that day in Palo Alto’s Garden Court Hotel; tickets for that cost $35,800 per person.

Second will be a 5:30 p.m. dinner at the Atherton home of Lisa and Doug Goldman, also at $35,800 per person. Doug Goldman – a retired emergency physician, software company founder/chairman, and prominent philanthropist – is the son of Levi Strauss heirs Richard and Rhoda Goldman, but I doubt that guests at this dinner will be wearing jeans…

And third will be a 6 p.m. rally-type reception at Redwood City’s Fox Theater. Tickets for that event cost $250 for general admission; $1,000 for premium seating; or $7,500 for a seat plus a photo reception, with up to two additional guests in your photo at $2,500 each.

The first $5,000 of a contribution will go to the president’s re-election campaign, half each for the primary and general elections. The next $30,800 will go to the Democratic National Committee. And any additional amounts will be divided among battleground states’ Democratic party committees as follows, up to $10,000 per committee: 17 percent to Florida, 16 percent to Ohio, 13 percent to Pennsylvania, 11 percent to Colorado, 11 percent to North Carolina, 11 percent to Virginia, 6 percent to Nevada, 6 percent to Wisconsin, 5 percent to Iowa, and 4 percent to New Hampshire. Or, a contributor can earmark his or her contribution to a particular destination.