SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – President Obama departed the Bay Area aboard Air Force One shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday, completing his fundraising and economic consensus building mission after a breakfast event at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports On Anti-War Protesters:

Obama’s fundraising efforts include four money raising events Thursday—the San Francisco breakfast, followed by three events in Los Angeles. In between, Obama will squeeze in a town hall meeting in Reno aimed at selling his plan for cutting deficit spending directly to a skeptical public.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports on Teen Attendees:

“The deficit is real, our debt is real. We’ve got to do something about it. But how we do it is going to make a huge difference,” Obama said during a smaller, high-dollar fundraiser Wednesday night in San Francisco.

The president and Republicans have both offered plans for bringing down the deficit, but vast differences exist over how to do so. The president is calling for $4 trillion in deficit reduction over 12 years, through a combination of spending cuts and tax hikes on the wealthy, while House Republicans have passed a plan that would reduce the deficit by nearly $6 trillion in a decade, in part by overhauling Medicare and Medicaid.

The president and Republicans have accused each other of pitching “radical” plans.

Obama pitched his debt-reduction plan at a town hall gathering Wednesday at the headquarters of Facebook in Palo Alto, before holding a pair of big money fundraisers in San Francisco.

During a raucous fundraiser focused on young people in San Francisco Wednesday night, Obama said his supporters are not alone in their frustration at the gridlock in Washington, where each side has labeled the other as “radical.”

“There are times when I’ve felt the same way you do. It’s a big, complicated, messy democracy,” he said. “We knew this wouldn’t be easy.”

Obama’s three-day West Coast swing—his most extensive travel since announcing his re-election bid—offered a glimpse of how Obama will seek to re-energize the independents and first-time voters who carried him to victory in 2008. Obama argues that more work must be done to make the vision of Americahe promised a reality, and that he is the only one who can see those hopes through.

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Comments (32)
  1. mildred pierce says:

    Obama is amazing! thats why he will be re elected in 2012! VOTE OBAMA!

    1. bob says:

      And yes Mildred it is amazing that he has avoided prison so far.

  2. bob says:

    Mildred your grasp of politics is astounding, and only surpassed by your enthusiasm for King Putz Obama. Here’s to hoping you still won’t be of voting age come election time. And if you are of voting age, my thanks in advance for all your hard earned dollars that you will be giving to your government.

    1. MK says:

      Hi Bob! I think Mildred is about 12 years old and easily impressed by bright lights and cameras. Her grasp of politics and history is beyond brainwashed and/or ignorant. Obama is amazing? Amazing at doing what? His only accomplishments are:
      – economic ruin of the country (nearly doubled the national debt)
      – teleprompter reading
      Mindless zombie teens impressed by shiny things, and illegals are his only hope for re-election.

      Ronald Reagan must be turning in his grave seeing this epic fail of a presidency.

      1. bob says:

        And the list goes on and on. Hopefully the Congress and not just the voting public come to their senses and head off Obama before he and his fawning parasites can break more laws and damage this country beyond recognition and repair.Then there just might be something left for future generations besides oppressive debt and a citizenry at each others throats.

  3. mechanic says:

    This clown should be impeached tomorrow; and sent to prison for what he’s done to this formerly great country in (2) short years! What a huge disappointment he’s been to the few friends that actually voted for this loser. They have told me that they surely wouldn’t make the same mistake again. Of course, they are all over the age of 18; and aren’t as easily mesmerized by shiny lights and “feel-good” speeches. Nothing but an empty suit, as they say.

    1. bob says:

      Thanks to Main Stream Media running interference for the Criminal in Chief. Obama should never have even been in contention for the Presidency in the first place, with all the shady land deals and backroom corruption. He should have been just a footnote in the past presidential election. Chicago style.politics most always leaves a bad taste in your mouth, prison stripes on your back or both.

  4. mildred pierce says:

    Hows the weather in the deep south? I think “mother nature” is a democrat and sent you hillbillys a wakeup call! I understand the GOP/KKK are scared, and angry, they are in denial that they lost the civil war, and angry we have a black president! I guess thats why” the three stooges” showed up! mechanic,MK. Bob,we need health care to pay for your mental health issues, GED, and gross neglect of your social skills, and refusal to shower! Is there a circus in your town? perhaps you could join it for a day? or attend a pig calling contest? please stay in your trailer as you insult yourselves! LOL

    1. bob says:

      Mildred it is plain for all to see that you’ve neither an original thought in your head or the imagination to come up with something witty. So I will leave my response to your insightful missive with this observation. Never fall in love with a politician. They will break your heart every time.

    2. Post says:

      Dear “mildred”, you could be sued for liabel over calling GOP members KKK.

      1. bob says:

        Mildred has neither a grasp on politics or history. So sweet child, Slumber on.

    3. MK says:

      Mildred, are you on drugs or have you lost your mind completely? What civil war, what south? You sound like a kid who ran out of his ADHD medication. That Social Studies course really hit you hard. You claim to be oh so educated, yet you can’t even put a decent counter-argument together. You resort to name-calling. You are may be 18, still in college paid for by daddy, and you don’t know anything about the real world. Everyone here already knows your intellectual and political prowess, or should I say lack of it. Stay in school little girl. You need more education in tolerance, badly.

      This is typical liberal attitude. If you can’t win an argument on the facts, digress or make something up. Stop insulting your political opponents and start reasoning for a change. I know that using facts and solid arguments is a foregin concept to you.

      1. bob says:

        MK, they don’t call it DOPE for nothing.

      2. MK says:

        Good one Bob 🙂 Yesterday was 4/20. I gues some of the smoke still lingers. I’m sure it’s “medicinal” only. We should issue a memo to folks like mildred. The memo should read: THE 60’s ARE OVER! The present date is Thursday, 4/21/2011. Get with the program!

  5. Harry says:

    The mutual intolerance and stereotyping of all the above comments (from both sides) is is a eloquent testimony of the cultural seismic faults in this country. Unless we allow our foundations of basic respect and communication to be re-built I fear this civil war of politics will only become more tragic.
    One further observation, why do Presidents (Democrat or Republican) only come to California for money or votes?

    1. bob says:

      I think the question should be, Why do Californians allow themselves to be pandered to by all manner of political hacks?

      And as far as the foundations of basic respect and communication goes, the bar has been set to a new low by the current occupant of the White House. With all his race baiting and class warfare rhetoric bordering on a call to arms for his sycophants. What other outcome would you expect?

  6. dead_than_red says:

    Bob, is probably short for Billy-Bob, and is the inbred spawn of hillbilly 1st cousins from kin-tucky.

    1. MK says:

      More liberal name-calling. Typical.

      1. dead_than_red says:

        and you’d never stoop to that level, huh?

      2. MK says:

        You think so highly of yourself?

    2. MK says:

      You’re suspiciously familiar with the southern slang and spelling…..
      Takes one to know one?

  7. Mad Mike says:

    I love the Bay Area mentality that if you are against this POTUS you are a hillbilly, racist redneck. Well let me tell you liberals, I was RAISED in CA and am just as metropolitan as the rest of you. But I don’t go along with the herd mentality that conservatism is bad and thankfully, a lot of my friends growing up have woken up and came to the same realization.

    1. Mad Mike says:

      Unfortunately they are realizing it too late, the state is lost and they are getting out ASAP… leave behind nothing but those with their hands out or those who make a living giving them the hand out.

  8. mechanic says:

    Even old Donald Trump is about to find out just how biased and nasty liberals are when crossed. Liberals are as far removed from being tolerant of a difference in opinion as oil is from water. In fact tolerance and logic are irritants to liberals…they are incapable of getting near either. It’s time they get outed for what they are….hypocrites.

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