President Obama arrived Tuesday at San Francisco International
Airport for a two-day visit to the Bay Area that will include a visit to a Fremont solar panel manufacturer today.
Obama appeared at two fundraisers for U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer
Air Force One touched down at about 5:12 p.m. Tuesday and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom greeted President Obama upon his arrival. After exiting the plane, Obama shook hands with Newsom and was whisked away by his motorcade, which consisted of about two dozen vehicles. The fundraiser was at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel.
A diverse crowd of protesters began gathering outside the Fairmont Tuesday starting at 3 p.m., including tea partiers, anti-war protesters and environmental activists.
Protest organizers acknowledged it was unlikely any of the
groups would have direct access to Obama Tuesday, but said they hoped to inspire grassroots activism and draw attention to their causes.
Obama will discuss his efforts to create jobs and strengthen the
economy when he visits a solar panel manufacturing company in Fremont today, two White House advisers said Tuesday.
Jared Bernstein, the chief economist to Vice President Joe Biden,
told reporters in a conference call, "We're excited about what Solyndra Inc. is doing and about the president's trip."
Bernstein said thousands of jobs are being created as a result of
a $535 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy to expand Solyndra's solar panel manufacturing capacity.
Matt Rogers, a senior adviser to U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, said one of the themes of the president's talk will be that the stimulus bill is "bringing in private capital off the sidelines" by having the government, not private businesses, take the risk if new ventures fail.