President lands at SFO, prepares for morning gig with Kanye West
By John Wildermuth and Kevin Fagan
Updated 6:09 am, Saturday, October 10, 2015
President Obama flew into San Francisco Friday night for a brief overnight stay before he takes the stage for an unusual Saturday morning fundraiser with rapper Kanye West.
Air Force One landed at 8:32 p.m. at San Francisco International Airport, where the president was met by Gov. Jerry Brown and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. The trio exchanged pleasantries, and then Obama got into his limousine and quickly headed toward downtown and an evening fundraiser.
The motorcade drove down the Bayshore Freeway through fog-shrouded hills, but the fog disappeared when the motorcade hit the city. People shot cell phone footage as the motorcade made its way down the Embarcadero before turning onto Mission Street.
He arrived at the Millennium Hotel on Mission street shortly after 9 p.m. and made his way to the event.
The Saturday fundraiser will be at the 2,300-seat Warfield on Market Street, where tickets for the event, which will benefit the Democratic National Committee, will range from $250 to $10,000 each.
For the outspoken West, the event could be billed as his early step onto the political stage. At the MTV Video Music Awards show last August, the rapper/record producer/fashion designer told the crowd that he would be running for president in 2020.
The prospect of the two sharing a stage suggests that they’ve patched over any unpleasant feelings left over from 2009, when Obama called West a “jackass” after the star crashed the stage at the Video Music Awards and hijacked an award given to Taylor Swift.
Friday was a long day with a lot of miles for the president. He left Washington, D.C., at 6:30 a.m. for a cross-country flight to Oregon, and remained on the go from then on.
He flew into Roseburg, Ore., shortly after noon to meet with families of the victims of last week’s mass shooting at Umpqua Community College and then went to Seattle for a long-scheduled fundraiser for Sen. Patty Murray, who’s running for re-election. Then it was back on Air Force One for the trip to San Francisco.
The trip brought the usual complaints from Republican officials arguing that the president is spending more time fundraising that dealing with the country’s problems.
“The latest swing through the Golden State proves once again that President Obama only cares about causing traffic jams for fundraising for the failed Democrat agenda,” said Ninio Fetalvo, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee.
“But regardless of whether Democrats nominate (former New York Sen. Hillary Rodham) Clinton or (Vice President Joe) Biden, the American people have made it clear they want a change from the policies of the Obama era – an era both candidates would continue.”
After the Saturday morning fundraiser, the president will be on his way to Los Angeles.