Insanely Wealthy Bay Area Town Sends Obama the Bill for His Visit

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A very modest house in Atherton
The really, really, really rich town of Atherton has the audacity to tap the White House for money the president cost the town during his recent visit to the Bay Area last month.

CBS News enlightened us all with the story
about how Atherton, home of Google guru Erick Schmidt, and where the median home price is $4,010,200, amassed some major security costs that they don't want to pay for.

On April 4, President Obama attended a morning brunch hosted by Liz Simons and Mark Heising, then a luncheon at the home of Marcia and John Goldman. Those stops were to benefit the Democratic National Committee, according to CBS.

All of that cost Atherton $8,000, mostly from security costs -- and town leaders want Obama to pick up that tab. They plan to send invoices to both the White House and Secret Service soon. But while Atherton laments its money woes, San Francisco racked up $62,000 in overtime costs to accommodate Obama's April visit. Officer Albie Esparza says San Francisco doesn't intend on billing the White House for that visit, even though we could really use the money.

"We don't do that," Esparza told us. "In the past, many years ago, we attempted to. We didn't get refunded."

In any event, this is what they call rich people problems.

Also, here's Atherton's town budget, because now you're probably wondering:

Atherton Budget




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Rick372
Rick372

Could it be that they're republicans?

CrisTheAwesome
CrisTheAwesome

That's ridiculous.  With a $15Million budget, they're crying for 8grand?  Grow up, Atherton.  Besides, both stops the president made seemed to be along the line of rich-smoozing-personal-calls.  If he'd been at a park shaking the peoples' hands and kissing babies for an afternoon, I could see the White House picking up the police tab...but such is not the case in Atherton.

njudah
njudah

Atherton sucks for other reasons. the huge amount of wealthy white entitlement attitudes down there just makes it an example of how the wealthy are just as much beggars for gov't cheese as any poor person allegedly is.

z.saljian
z.saljian

They should definitely bill the White House just as SF should.  There is no reason that the citizens of these cities, where at least some percentage of people don't even support Obama, should have to pay for his never ending campaign trail.  How rich or poor they are is besides the point.  If Obama came to my city, I  most definitely wouldn't want to pay for his increased security.  Typical liberal post bringing in the wealth factor when that's completely beyond the point.  

Ray Villadelgado
Ray Villadelgado

looks like the president came to hang out with his friends and not an official visit. therefore, the hosts must pay.

dearme
dearme

Spoiled rich kids always snivel and whine, as my nanny use to say 'get over yourself'.

kate
kate

I'd bill him too. 4 million? It's not the state's job to pay for that. At least bill the federal government. Unless Obama is some sort of royalty that doesn't need to pay for things. 

塞繆塞繆
塞繆塞繆

What a shame nobama came out to be. He will just take it out of our taxes to pay for his fuckin visit!

Geoff Nino
Geoff Nino

you are running a city and there are costs. doubt the president was just passing through. if they have an issue with his being there and the cost talk to the guy that invited him.

SF Weekly
SF Weekly

Jonas Heineman If you read the story all the way, you will see that SF doesn't bill the president -- ever. So not every city does this every time for every visit.

Jonas Heineman
Jonas Heineman

Why is this a story? Secret Service is billed the exact same way for every visit, for every president, regardless of the nature of travel. Every time. This is a non-story, except that, yes - Atherton has hella money and looks cheap by doing this.

Jerry Allen
Jerry Allen

Pay up Obama. Go Atherton! Capitalism Good. Communism and Obama bad.

Geoff Nino
Geoff Nino

Memo to Athertom: go f$ck yourself

Paul Varga
Paul Varga

As Obama says, everyone needs to pay their fair share.

24312431
24312431

Median home price, not medium. 

Barbi Montano
Barbi Montano

Clearly they need a Bill Ayers "re-education" camp experience.

njudah
njudah

@z.saljian but if it was a republican president then it's ok? Hmm.

AvgDude
AvgDude

@kate where did you get that 4 million from? because from the article it says "All of that cost Atherton $8,000, mostly from security costs"

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