Bay Area Awaits Arrival of President Obama

President Barack Obama is expected to arrive in the Bay Area Thursday for a roughly 19-hour visit, including a fundraiser in San Jose and an appearance at a Mountain View Walmart, White House officials said.

Air Force One is expected to touch down at Moffett Federal Airfield at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View at about 3:50 p.m. Thursday.

From there, Obama will travel to a roundtable discussion for the Democratic National Committee at a private residence in Los Altos and later a fundraiser at the Fairmont Hotel at 170 S. Market St. in San Jose, according to the White House.

The president will spend the night in San Jose and on Friday morning will give a speech on energy efficiency at a Walmart at 600 Showers Drive in Mountain View.

The speech is scheduled to begin at about 10 a.m. He will then depart the Bay Area from Moffett Field later that morning, White House officials said.

Mountain View police advised today that there will be street closures and traffic delays in the area during the president’s visit, but his exact routes are not announced in advance.

Protesters opposing a controversial proposed new section of the Keystone pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf Coast, planned to greet Obama as he arrives at the Fairmont Thursday evening.

The protesters plan to gather in Plaza De Cesar Chavez Park in San Jose, across the street from the Fairmont, at 5 p.m. and remain until the president departs.

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