President Barack Obama made a surprise visit this week to San Francisco to attend three fundraising events.
When his plane arrived at SFO on Thursday afternoon, the president waved to a small crowd that had gathered for his arrival, then walked quickly down the plane’s steps to the tarmac, where he was greeted by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.
At one point his motorcade stopped a the Great Eastern restaurant, a Chinatown landmark on Jackson Street, where the president picked up two bags of food to take out, paying for his meal at the cashier’s desk. The president ordered shrimp dumplings, pork dumplings, steamed pork buns, Shanghai dumplings and stuffed mushrooms.
His motorcade attracted huge crowds as it made its way through the San Francisco streets on the way to his first of two fundraising events on Nob Hill. The fundraiser at the Nob Hill Masonic Center for 2,500 people featured a performance by singer Chris Cornell.
Obama was scheduled to spend the night in San Francisco before departing for Washington state Friday morning.