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Obama makes a stop in Oakland as part of Bay Area campaign swing

Protesters march in streets as president speaks, then make it an anti-police demonstration

President Barack Obama landed back in the Bay Area Monday to attend several fundraising events in the East Bay with about 100 demonstrators marching through downtown Oakland streets as he campaigned.

Air Force One touched down at Oakland International Airport at 2:34 p.m.

The small crowd of dignitaries assembled to greet him on the tarmac included Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Alameda

County Supervisor Keith Carson.

As Obama exited the plane, he smiled and waved, then headed down the stairs and met Lee at the bottom with a hug. He shared a word with Quan,

who held both of the president's hands as they talked, then posed for a photo with them and others in front of Air Force One.

A crowd of several dozen people had been allowed on the tarmac for the president's landing, and Obama shook hands with a number of them before

being whisked away by his motorcade.

Quan said afterward that she and Lee had been asking Obama to come to town.

"The main thing is that this is the first time the president has come to the East Bay," Quan said. "He made good on his promise."

Obama headed from the airport to the Scottish Rite Center near Lake Merritt for a 3 p.m. appearance there. He then stopped by the Piedmont home of Quinn Delaney and Wayne Jordan at 5:30 p.m. before addressing a crowd of supporters at the Fox Theater in Oakland at about 8 p.m.

The president had arrived at San Francisco International Airport on Sunday evening after a stop in Aurora, Colo., where he met with family

members of those killed early Friday in a massacre during a midnight viewing of "The Dark Knight Rises."

He then flew out of SFO late Monday morning and headed to Reno, Nev., where made remarks at a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention before returning to the Bay Area. He was expected to stay in San Francisco overnight before departing this morning for campaign stops in Oregon and Washington.

Over 100 protesters marched in the streets near Oakland's Fox Theater Monday night where President Obama delivered his campaign speech and continued marching through downtown Oakland after the president concluded.

Three protesters were arrested throughout the day, including one suspected of assaulting a police officer with an air horn, and another suspected of battering an 11-year-old girl, according to police.

After marching in the streets surrounding the Fox Theater at 1807 Telegraph Ave., protesters took off down Broadway at the conclusion of Obama's speech, changing the focus of their march from the president to an anti-police march.

While marching around the theater, a woman was arrested on suspicion of battering an 11-year-old girl, police Sgt. Chris Bolton said. That arrest, near the corner of 17th Street and Telegraph Avenue at around 7:15 p.m. came after a citizen reported that a woman protester was yelling at an 11-year-old girl and battered her. Police took custody of that arrest after a citizen's arrest, Bolton said.

Bolton did not know immediately whether the girl was injured but said if she was, "I don't believe it was by any means life-threatening," he said.

Protesters also burned a sign nearby welcoming the president to town along with a U.S. flag. The sign, posted outside the Merrill Sign Co. at 612 18th Street, said, "Welcome to Oakland President Obama, 99 percent Obamaland."

Protesters used signs and poles they were holding to tear the sign off the side of the building, and set it on fire in the street along with a U.S. flag.

The protesters had been blocking Broadway at 19th Street for several hours before beginning to march shortly after 7 p.m. That protest was one of several throughout the day during several campaign stops the president made in Oakland and Piedmont. A march for medical marijuana concluded at Frank Ogawa Plaza at around 4 p.m.

During Monday's demonstrations, one man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer by approaching an officer with an air horn and blowing it into the officer's ear near 19th Street and Broadway at around 3:30 p.m. Another man was arrested for violating a restraining order prohibiting him from being in Frank Ogawa Plaza, according to police.

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Posted by Billy Budd
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2012 at 8:20 am

Obama is steppin' up the "Gibs me dat" now that Pimp Romney is outfundraising him. Hail to the thief!


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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 24, 2012 at 8:29 am

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

"Protesters also burned a sign nearby welcoming the president to town along with a U.S. flag. The sign, posted outside the Merrill Sign Co. at 612 18th Street, said, "Welcome to Oakland President Obama, 99 percent Obamaland."

It's nice to see the potus mingling with his people. It's hard to figure out, though, which 99% is being referenced here: either the demographic in Oakland that voted the campaigner in chief into office, or the violent, elitist losers of the occupy movement. Either way, I'm sure he'll get their votes, enabling more of the same failed policilies and contiuned destruction of our economy.


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Posted by Pro-Law
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2012 at 8:59 am

So he flew into SFO Sunday night, then into Reno Monday morning, then to Oakland Airport Monday afternoon, and then out of SFO Tuesday morning. So I assume Air Force one flew from Oakland to SFO ?

Did I miss anything?


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Posted by Mr. Mittens
a resident of another community
on Jul 24, 2012 at 9:17 am

Did any of the people in his adoring crowds look like genuine Americans to you? Goodness sakes! Perhaps it is time to legislate a law that requires presidents to use corporate funding for a private lear jet for purposes of travel. Or better, if a president can't afford his own lear jet, maybe he shouldn't be in office. What kind of man doesn't have his own lear jet. In fact, perhaps we should cut most of you people's taxes by 90% and just let the govt rely on the corporate world for its money. We'd get rid of unions, straight off, and then we could get around to the BUSINESS of running the US. Help me fire Obama!


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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 24, 2012 at 9:45 am

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

mittens, your jet envy is pathetic. You can take some of those purple pills to get over your lack of ability to get off the ground.


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Posted by Mrs Mittens
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 24, 2012 at 9:53 am

Oh Honey ... you are on fire ... I love it when you want to "legislate a law" to get what you want ... that one to force everyone to buy health insurance(except illegals they get it free)was absolutely brilliant... reducing everyone's taxes by 90% and only have the rich people pay taxes is another great idea, you are almost there, 55% of folks don't pay taxes, I know you can get there ... I HOPE you can have another 4 more years to get it done... Air Force One sure is nice to get around in, I would miss it terribly ... Love Me.


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Posted by Mr. Mittens' Advisor
a resident of another community
on Jul 24, 2012 at 11:19 am

Mrs. Mittens, (aka Ann), please reconsider posting here. So much of your husband's offshore accounts has been transferred into your possession. You surely don't want to become too conspicuous in front of all those people out there who talk about accountability. (Lets talk about Obama's law school transcripts instead. President of the Harvard Law Review. What Kenyan muslim henchman was behind THAT decision?)


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Posted by Mrs Mittens
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 24, 2012 at 11:26 am

... I really was turned on by your inspirational teleprompter speech last night (I love that teleprompter the way it promotes that messiah aura around you)... especially when you said "People have a New Attitude towards America" and on the economy - "we tried our plan and it worked!" ... the 13.7 % unemployed in Oakland went wild ... it just brought tingles


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Posted by ca94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I love you Mittens


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