News - September 21, 2011

Obama to return to Woodside on Sunday for fundraiser

by Dave Boyce

President Barack Obama is returning to Woodside on Sunday, Sept. 25, for a 4 p.m. gathering to meet and presumably break bread with campaign contributors, according to an announcement from his 2012 re-election campaign.

The hosts this time are Sandi and John Thompson, who, according to a source, live on or near Mountain Home Road, the same neighborhood that Mr. Obama visited on a rainy night in February when he dined with high-tech leaders.

On that occasion, Mr. Obama flew to San Francisco International Airport, flew by helicopter to a parking lot at Canada College, and then rode by limousine via Canada and Mountain Home roads to the home of venture capitalist John Doerr.

While neither the route nor the hosts' address is made public, the gaggle of reporters and photographers awaiting the passage of the limousine tends to reveal the general location.

Also indicative is the placement of California Highway Patrol officers. For Mr. Obama's February visit, black-and-white patrol cars were parked one-to-a-driveway along Manzanita Road. Driveways were blocked, the Almanac was told, so as to remove opportunities to turn around, thereby ensuring a one-way route for anyone who started down Manzanita from Mountain Home that evening.

A donation of $2,500 gets you in the door. For $7,500 (or $10,000 for you and a friend), you can have a photo taken with the president and participate in a reception for him. Such gifts are not tax deductible.

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