First Lady Michelle Obama Fundraising In Bay Area

BERKELEY (CBS SF) – First Lady Michelle Obama dropped in on the Bay Area Tuesday for a two-stop fundraising visit expected to net thousands for her husband’s re-election campaign.

The first lady’s motorcade pulled up at 9:30 a.m. to the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa in Berkeley, where Obama hosted a breakfast fundraiser that cost attendees between $1,000 and $25,000 per seat.

Alice Waters, owner of the Berkeley culinary institution Chez Panisse, catered the breakfast.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, had encouraged the first lady to come to the East Bay, Lee spokesman Ricci Graham said.

She later took her campaign cash blitz to the Merchants Exchange Building in San Francisco’s Financial District for a $2,500-a-head event.

Obama’s trip comes less than two months after her husband kicked off his West Coast re-election effort in the Bay Area with several high-profile fundraisers in April. During that trip he also spoke at a town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters inPalo Alto.

The April fundraising events were estimated to have brought in millions of dollars for the president’s campaign.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama became the first president since the John F. Kennedy to visit Purto Rico on Tuesday. The commonwealth is expected to play a major role in the 2012 election.

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  • jg

    Wait…your husband and the rest of the ridiculous politicians don’t do anything about the economy; however, you want money? Calfornia is always ignored by your administration but when you need money, here you come. Please note, I am not democrat or republican. I am just sick of these lying money hungry politicians!

    • athenia

      Your lack of education, and failures are your responsibility,not the presidents! Wrong, on all accounts! I am sure you do not live in California! While Obama is fighting for the middle class and poor, the GOP are trying to outlaw civil rights, attacking womens right to choose, the EPA, the Dept of Education, social security, medicare, fair wages! I am sure you are a teaparty/KKK!

    • jis

      I agree with jg’s comment. The only reason the Obama’s are in the White House is for the trappings. They like the servants, the travel, and the adulation. They like to impress their friends by having the hottest groups give private performances for them. California is two things to the Obama’s: A CASH COW, and Movie stars to rub shoulders with.

  • athenia

    We welcome Michelle to the Bay Area! Grace, Class,intelligence, and familly values! you have my vote, and my friends, lets protect our economy, civil rights, freedom wages, environment, education,for everybody! America is about the people, not big corporations, and KKK Bible illiterati!

  • JW

    to athenia – what do you do for a living???? how well are you educated on your economics… your telling people who has a sense of what’s going on and people out of work… you are assuming that this country is doing well – since your perspective of yourself. Well – go abroad and experience to work for lest than what you make…and try to make ends meet. PS Don’t bring friends into it as they don’t share your values or comments.

  • WASP

    Obama is a one-term failure…just like Jimmah Carter…only worse for America.

  • BOB

    Just think how much of our tax payers money is paying, for her to travel around to raise money for this fool!!!!!

  • C Lynn

    I am curious as to how many pictures were taken with Michelle at 10,000 each.
    Any one know?

  • Shelley L. Jividen

    To our Dear First Lady, I would be doing all I could to help my Husband & President! I am contemplating voting for you in 2012, but Israel & same-sex marriage are on my mind!! Don’t let them taint the First black American President with such as these! It would sadden my heart for you! I want to go down in history with you but not for these. Please be strong & beautiful for America then I will follow my heart & vote for you as Lincoln would want me to, he was a great Emancipator…I can swallow that Fact!! ~Smile. ~Republican Air Force Mom

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