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President Obama has arrived in the Bay Area.

Air Force One touched down at San Francisco International Airport at about 3:12 p.m.

Obama is in the area to headline two Democratic fundraisers this evening.

He is traveling to a 5:40 p.m. event for San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris at a private residence in Atherton and will then appear at a 7 p.m. dinner for the Democratic National Committee at a home in Palo Alto.

The president, wearing a black suit with a white shirt and blue tie, smiled and waved as he made his way down the stairs from Air Force One.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Harris were among the dignitaries waiting to greet him on the runway.

He shook their hands then got into a black SUV and left the airport.

Harris said she is honored that Obama is lending his support to her campaign, and that it is important because “however goes California, so goes the nation.”

Obama last visited the Bay Area in May, when he came for two fundraising events in San Francisco and to tour a solar panel manufacturing facility in Fremont.

To accommodate the president’s visit, police are shutting down a portion of Bayshore Highway adjacent to the airport in Millbrae and Burlingame.

Bayshore Highway was closed to traffic between Cowan Road and East Millbrae Avenue at 2 p.m., Millbrae police said. The closure will remain in effect until 10 a.m. Friday.

Traffic congestion is expected in that area, and motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • MACDONALDBANK1

    Mayor Newsom: perhaps you could tell Gordon Getty to pay the overdue bill at MACDONALD BANK … after we earned Getty Oil Company shareholders $4 Billion.

    I earned the Getty Oil Company shareholders 4 Billion Bucks
    On the Reserve acquisition; the way they treat me — it really sucks!
    As the Getty inheritors bask in glee;
    All I asked for was that they look after me.
    Four billion dollars they earned on Reserve
    My fee I surely deserve.
    It turns out J.P. Getty may have been a Nazi;
    His family even goes back to Germany.
    With Hitler, Goring & Goebbels he did stand;
    While trying to undermine the American land!
    For paintings & artifacts he did receive
    With his oil he was able to deceive?
    Hoover & the FBI and Roosevelt they knew
    That J.P. Getty & espionage he drew!
    Many a young lad and Jew did die
    As planes dropped bombs from the sky.
    For years while Getty sat in Berlin
    He may have committed many a sin.
    The ashes and smoke from the chimneys it rose
    While old man Getty sat cozy; he chose.
    With artwork held tightly under his arm
    Still dripping in blood — as the real owner met harm.
    Into the ovens & on meat-hooks, bullets between the eyes
    Listen very carefully you can still hear their cries!
    While the Gettys sit in England; at their estate at Wormsley
    And Gordon sings in San Francisco
    With his 727 in tow.
    The Getty museum sits atop Malibu
    While the corpses of World War 2 scream — J.P. Getty — We know you!