Entries in San Francisco (4)


Romney Puts Partisanship Aside in Wake of Colorado Shooting

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Mitt Romney Sunday evening pledged to be “less partisan” at a high-dollar fundraiser, the first he’s attended since the Colorado shooting that claimed 12 lives, telling a group of about 250 supporters that he would trade his usual jabs at the president for a renewed focus on his own vision for America.

“I will note that my remarks here today will not be as partisan as normal and instead I am going to talk about my vision for the country, in part keeping with the seriousness and the thoughts of the day,” Romney said at the event held at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

“We obviously have heavy hearts,” Romney said, referring to the aftermath of last week’s deadly shooting.  “It is a reminder of loss, a loss of young minds and youthful voices and souring spirits lost senselessly and thoughtlessly.  We turn to a power greater than our own to understand purpose and if not to understand at least to be able to soothe the wounds of those who have been so seriously hurt.”

Romney, whose campaign has pulled advertising from the Colorado airwaves since the tragedy, dedicated a previously scheduled campaign event in New Hampshire on Friday to a statement on the incident, forgoing his regular stump speech and instead offering his condolences.

On Sunday evening, the event began with a moment of silence, and Romney offered his approval of President Obama’s decision to visit families in Aurora, Colo., earlier Sunday.

“I appreciate you convening a moment of silence, our hearts are with the many people who have lost loved ones in Colorado and other places, but particularly we are thinking of the people in Aurora, Colorado and the tragedy that occurred there, the senseless killing there,” said Romney.  “I know the president will be there before he’ll be here in San Francisco visiting with families and the victims, which is the right thing for the president to be doing on this day.  I appreciate that.”

Romney’s first campaign event is scheduled for Monday, where he will hold a small business roundtable in Costa Mesa, Calif.  Obama will also get back on the stump Monday, campaigning in Nevada and California.

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Obama Heckled at San Francisco Fundraiser

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- After a day of hobnobbing with dozens of his wealthiest patrons, President Obama took his case for a second term before a boisterous crowd of low-dollar donors who filled the Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco Thursday evening for a concert and speech.

“I’m here not just because I need your help, San Francisco,” Obama told the raucous crowd that had peppered him with shouts of affection from the moment he took the stage.  “I’m here because this country needs your help.”

“We love you,” someone later shouted from the balcony.

“I’ve told you I love you already,” Obama said with a characteristic grin and a chuckle, drawing laughter from the crowd.

But the reception wasn’t entirely warm.  Obama was interrupted twice by critics of his policies who raised their voices and rushed toward the stage before they were removed.

As Obama hailed the end of the Iraq war and efforts to “focus on the terrorists” in Afghanistan, one woman stood and shouted repeatedly, “stop the killing of innocent civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”  She was swiftly pushed out of the auditorium by an event worker and police officer.

Later, as Obama spoke about regulatory protections put in place under his administration, another guest stormed down one of the aisles shouting.  “We don’t want deepwater drilling here,” she yelled as a police officer nudged her to the exit.

Obama made light of the episode.

“This is what San Francisco is always about,” he said, drawing laughter and applause.  “There’s always something going on in San Francisco.  Folks are not shy about sharing their ideas in San Francisco.  It’s fun.”

An estimated 2,500 supporters filled the bi-level auditorium, each forking over at least $100 to the Obama Victory Fund, according to a campaign official.

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President Obama Does Dim Sum in San Francisco Chinatown

TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Chalk it up to all the focus on U.S.-China relations this week: President Obama has developed a hankering for Chinese food.

Less than an hour after landing in San Francisco for an afternoon and evening of re-election fundraisers, Obama directed the presidential motorcade to swing by the city’s Chinatown, where he made a surprise visit to the Great Eastern restaurant for lunch.

The president strolled into the Jackson Street restaurant, sans suit coat and with sleeves rolled up, startling patrons who were chowing on plates of lo mein and drawing shrieks of “Obama! Obama!” according to a reporter on scene.

“How are you? Good to see you!” Obama said, greeting the mostly Chinese-American crowd.

At the counter in the back of the restaurant, Obama forked over five $20 bills at the register, leaving with two big plastic bags of food.

“I got a dim sum selection,” Obama told reporters on the scene before heading back outside to his ride.

Obama spent Thursday afternoon in San Francisco mingling behind closed doors with 20 affluent donors at the Intercontinental Hotel. Each paid $35,800 to attend.

Then, he was headed to the Nob Hill Masonic Center for a large, 2,500-person fundraiser featuring a concert by Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell.

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Obama: If GOP Wins, 'You Are on Your Own'

Kevin Lamarque-Pool/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- At a million-dollar San Francisco fundraiser Tuesday, President Obama warned his recession-battered supporters that if he loses the 2012 election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance in America.

“The one thing that we absolutely know for sure is that if we don’t work even harder than we did in 2008, then we’re going to have a government that tells the American people, ‘You are on your own,’” Obama told a crowd of 200 donors over lunch at the W Hotel.

“If you get sick, you’re on your own. If you can’t afford college, you’re on your own. If you don’t like that some corporation is polluting your air or the air that your child breathes, then you’re on your own,” he said. “That’s not the America I believe in. It’s not the America you believe in.”

Obama and Democrats have been emphasizing what they see as the costly consequences of the Republicans’ agenda in an effort to stir up support, in part by touching on emotional nerves.

Last week, Obama supporters pounced on comments by Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney that the solution to the nation’s housing crisis is “don’t try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom.”

Tuesday, Obama cast Republicans’ hands-off approach as harmful to middle-class families, who he says deserve government help.

“I reject an argument that says we’ve got to roll back protections that ban hidden fees by credit card companies, or rules that keep our kids from being exposed to mercury, or laws that prevent the health insurance industry from exploiting people who are sick,” Obama said. “And I reject the idea that somehow if we strip away collective bargaining rights, that we’ll be somehow better off."

“We should not be in a race to the bottom where we take pride in having the cheapest labor and the most polluted air and the least protected consumers,” he said.

Obama’s pitch to donors has increasingly sought to raise the stakes for the 2012 race, and the interruptions of resounding applause and handsome fundraising hauls show his message is striking a chord.

The San Francisco event was Obama’s eighth in California in the past month, a sign of the Golden State’s continued importance in his bid for a second term.

Obama has already raised more than $9 million from California donors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2008, California topped the list of states doling out cash to Obama, totaling more than $77 million for his campaign.

While Obama’s approval has sagged in California, as with the rest of the country -- dipping to 46 percent in a recent Field Poll -- he remains personally popular across the state. Forty-nine percent of voters say they are inclined to endorse a second Obama term, five points higher than those who said they were not inclined.

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