When the President Comes to California

Whirlwind trip began 1 p.m. Wednesday.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011  |  Updated 4:21 PM PDT
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Who wouldn't be a little nervous when you invite the president to speak to your employees?

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Who wouldn't be a little nervous when you invite the president to speak to your employees?

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President Barack Obama's Bay Area visit today has the entire region abuzz. Facebook HQ got a good spiffing.  The Boys & Girls Club blogged about their hope to meet him. And drivers trying to figure out exactly when to avoid getting anywhere near the 101, ended up worrying over nothing since the president took Marine One everywhere.

Air Force One touched down at SFO around 1 p.m. and wheels up is scheduled for 10:45 the following morning.

First up for POTUS was a quick helicopter ride down the peninsula to Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto.

There he plugged into the World Wide Web for a town hall that was live-streamed on line to anyone who wanted to log in.  He spoke alongside CEO Mark Zuckerberg for about an hour answering questions about the economy and his plan to fix it.

The White House called the Facebook event a "Shared Responsibility and Shared Prosperity" town hall to discuss the president's vision for bringing down the country's deficit.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the president will attend a pricey campaign fundraising dinner Wednesday night hosted by Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff.

Mr. Obama will also attend a lower priced fundraiser at the Masonic Auditorium. The White House announced the Masonic event, but does not list the Benioff gathering, so it isn't clear which one comes first.

The president is supposed to speak at the Masonic at 8:30 p.m. 

He will stay somewhere in the area overnight Wednesday.

Then he stops at a fundraising breakfast at the St. Regis before hopping on Air Force One and heading to Reno. It is a brief stop there before he flies to L.A.

During his 21-hour visit, the president will raise millions for the president's reelection fund.

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