President Obama’s official schedule indicates that he is currently aboard Air Force One and en route to the San Francisco Bay Area for private events being held tonight with some of Silicon Valley’s most elite players.
The president’s visit comes within hours of massive new revelations about the United States National Security Agency’s reported collection of personal user data from Verizon as well as from the servers of Internet giants including Facebook, Google, Apple, and others (a number of those companies are denying any involvement in providing data.)
The trip to the Bay Area, which will last less than 24 hours and was apparently scheduled long before the NSA news broke, is primarily a fundraising junket (on Friday, President Obama will head to Southern California to meet with the President of China.) Local ABC affiliate KGO reported this morning that the president’s first stop after his plane touches down at approximately 6:00 PM Pacific Time will be the home of Flipboard CEO Mike McCue and his wife Marci:
“The McCues are hosting a $5,000 per person cocktail reception. VIP seating runs up to $15,000 a couple. The guest list has not been released, although it’s expected to include people from the tech and venture capital world.”
After that, the president will go to Vinod Khosla’s home in Portola Valley, where a $32,400 per person dinner will be held. Topics there will reportedly include “things like immigration, climate change and gun violence prevention,” according to the plans laid out in arranging the event.
But given the latest news and how it’s absolutely dominating the discussions in the tech world right now, it seems inevitable that tonight’s conversations will go a bit off-topic from those planned talking points.
Image of Air Force One at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California via NASA.gov