Environmental Protests Greet President Obama’s Bay Area Visit

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — President Obama remains in the Bay Area with more fundraising events scheduled for Thursday morning on the Peninsula.

Mr. Obama arrived at SFO at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. A motorcade then took him to a pair of high-priced fundraisers, one in Land’s End and the other in Pacific Heights.

As KRON 4’s Charles Clifford reports in Pacific Heights, the President may have heard the shouts of protesters who spent much of the afternoon in the area hoping to get their messages out.

While the demonstrators included people upset about a variety of causes, Charles reports most appeared to be hoping the Obama Administration will scrap the controversial Keystone pipeline which would take oil from Canada through the U.S. to the Gulf of Mexico.

“Climate change is going to make the world uninhabitable for our children and grandchildren unless we do something about it,” one protester tells Charles.

“I think he personally knows that the right thing to do is to stop the Keystone Pipeline in its tracks,” another environmental activist adds.

The President is in the Bay Area raising money for the Democratic National Committee and committees raising money for Democratic candidates for Congress in the 2014 elections.

After spending the night at San Francisco’s Intercontinental Hotel, the President has two events in Atherton set for Thursday morning. Don’t be surprised to find traffic delays on Highway 101 along the Peninsula as Mr. Obama heads first to the home of Mark Heising and Liz Simons for a $32,000/plate brunch and then on to Marcia and John Goldman’s home where donors can get in for as little as $1,000 each.

The Presidential motorcade is then expected to head back up the Peninsula for a scheduled 1:40 p.m. departure from SFO.

Stay tuned to KRON 4, KRON4.com, and the KRON 4 24/7 News Channel (Comcast Ch. 193) for comprehensive coverage of the Presidential visit to the Bay Area.

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