obamastateoftheunion.jpgPresidential obsessives (that sounds like an assassination joke but, good lord! It is not!) have their dance cards filled this week, as both current president Barack Obama and past president Bill Clinton are in SF this week to talk about different techy-type things.

Obama will arrive at SFO on Thursday night, and will, according to Bay City News, meet privately with business and technology leaders “to discuss his commitment to investing in research and development, education and clean energy.” He’ll leave SFO on Friday morning.

The Chron notes that “So far, no information on where the meeting will be held — or whether any part of it will be public.”

Obama’s not the only one failing to welcome the press into his business — according to cnet, journalists are barred from former President Bill Clinton’s address at San Francisco’s RSA computer security conference this Friday

“Due to contract restrictions,” reads a sign at Moscone Center “anyone wearing a press badge will not be allowed into Friday afternoon’s keynote sessions,” one of which is Clinton’s.

As cnet notes, however, “any (press) ban is sure to fall flat. As many as 10,000 or so tech-obsessives will be in the room this Friday, with many Tweeting, blogging, Facebook-ing, and otherwise generally dissecting what the ex-president has to say.”

Clinton, is expected to “describe the challenge of globalization, emphasize our growing interdependence, and point the way toward a common future.” He reportedly commands as much as $350,000 per event.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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