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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Obama to Make Another Trip to S.F. -- Where the Money Is

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 5:12 PM

California ... where hope awaits Obama
  • California ... where hope awaits Obama

Less than three months after dining with Bay Area high-tech leaders on their turf, President Barack Obama will be making another appearance here in April where he's planning to talk about the economy -- again.

White House officials told the Chronicle today that the president's trip is to focus on "plans to strengthen our economy and win the future.''

And of course, he is coming here to shake the money tree.

"Why did Willie Sutton rob banks?" Bill Whalen, research fellow with the Hoover Institution, asks rhetorically. "As he famously said, because that's where the money is."

We don't need Sutton's Law to tell us that the Bay Area is a safe place for Obama
  • We don't need Sutton's Law to tell us that the Bay Area is a safe place for Obama
We're not really used to seeing the president's face with such frequency in the Bay Area; former President George W. Bush never made a trip to San Francisco in his two terms, for obvious reasons, and Bill Clinton only came here after his daughter, Chelsea, started attending Stanford University during his second term.
But Obama -- who has taken some political beatings within his own party over health care reform and Bush tax extensions -- probably considers the Bay Area a safe place for politicking.

Although he has overwhelming support from democrats in the Bay Area, Obama has steered clear of downtown San Francisco, also known as Nancy Pelosi territory.

"I don't know that he wants to be seen that rooted in progressive politics," Whalen told SF Weekly. "There is such thing as the angry left and maybe they don't want him publicly protested in Pelosi land."

Or perhaps Obama knows the best way to win votes is to not create a traffic jam in downtown at peak commute hours. 

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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