Supporters of the President said he handled the situation well.
"It's not him alone making the sole decision," said Rabiah Khalid of Asian Americans for Community Involvement. "And a lot of time you have to explain [that] to people who've come from countries where the Prime Minister or dictator makes the sole decision."
This visit comes as President Obama's approval ratings have dropped dramatically. On the President's last visit to the Bay Area on June 6th, Gallup tracked his approval rating nationwide at 62 percent and disapproval at 32 percent. By last Friday, those numbers had almost flipped, with 39 percent approving of this performance and 54 percent disapproving.
At a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the SF Jazz Center Monday afternoon, hundreds opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline turned out to greet the President. "We would've had a bigger crowd if we knew this more in advance but we did pretty well," said Keystone XL opponent Ken Jones.
Ticketed guests told KTVU they found President Obama's visit Monday inspiring, in part, because of his current difficulties.
"What he basically said is we just need to keep on going," said Vanessa Chacon. "Change is not
easy, it's hard to implement."
The President left the Bay Area late Monday afternoon to travel to Los Angeles for several fundraisers. He's expected to return to Washington, D.C. Tuesday afternoon.