SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Visits to youth groups did not make the agenda during President Barack Obama’s trip to the Bay Area, so a group of teenagers came to him Wednesday at San Francisco’s Nob Hill Masonic Center.

“I think he could do more for our schools,” said 17-year-old Aisha Richmond, one of 40 teenagers from the San Francisco Boys and Girls Club who got in for free to a dinner where plates cost anywhere from $25 to $10,000.

“This is really important. We are the future,” Richmond said, admitting she had butterflies in her stomach about meeting the president.

The group raised enough money for 40 of its most active participants in its community and jobs program to mingle with the wealthy and well-connected.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

Antonio Sanchez showed up wanting answers about the economy. The 16-year-old said his father, a carpenter, has been out of work for two years.

“My father was like, what’s going on with the stimulus?” Sanchez said.

During the raucous fundraiser focused on young people, Obama said his supporters are not alone in their frustration.

“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 America he promised a reality, and that he is the only one who can see those hopes through.

“It is going to take more than a couple of years,” Obama said. “It’s going to take us more than one term to finish everything that we need to do.”

Obama’s fundraising blitz continued Thursday with four more money events–one in San Francisco and three in Los Angeles. In between, Obama will squeeze in a town hall meeting in Reno, Nev., aimed at selling his plan for cutting deficit spending directly to a wary public.

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Comments (12)
  1. MeMyselfandI says:

    Mr Obama is either on vacation, campaigning or fundraising. This is why I am a “recovering Democrat.”

    1. mildred pierce says:

      you are a pathological GOP/ teaparty fan, and a liar!

      1. MeMyselfandI says:

        Are you a pathological Obama supporter incapable of thinking for yourself or are you a Democrat troll sent here to write this nonsense?

  2. mildred pierce says:

    Obama is amazing! I hope to attend as many events as I can! OBAMA IN 2012! He is very visionary, intelligent and hip! I plan on voting for him again! what the GOP/ KKK are doing is immoral and insane! they will not succeed!

    1. User1 says:

      Can you please explain why GOP is KKK and what is so immoral about what they are doing???? Your ignorant statement is nothing less than reverse racism IMO. Are you in Black Panthers?

    2. KCBS Listener says:

      Obama is amazing! He can read teleprompter! LOL

      1. Christina M says:

        And you cannot write using proper grammar.

  3. Mike says:

    “Obama will seek to re-energize the independents and first-time voters who carried him to victory in 2008. ”

    Yes, they will be particularly energized signing up for welfare right after college, because there are no jobs for college grads out there.

    1. mildred pierce says:

      are you a psychic? so you perdict the future? there will be more jobs after Obama gets re elected! and if you cannot get a job, its not the presidents fault! its your fault! you probably never went to college, or finished high school!

      1. Mike says:

        I have a master’s degree in engineering. Your little liberal arts college-educated brain is incapable of seeing the big picture. Obama was loosing jobs the past 4 years. What makes you think he will suddenly create them out of thin air? Always put reason before emotion and open your eyes!

  4. HooDatIS? says:

    OBAMA 2012

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