San Francisco streets closed in SoMa today, traffic snarled for President Barack Obama’s visit 

click to enlarge President Barack Obama quickly descends the steps from Air Force One after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday. The president will be arriving in the Bay Area today. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) - PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA QUICKLY DESCENDS THE STEPS FROM AIR FORCE ONE AFTER ARRIVING AT LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON MONDAY. THE PRESIDENT WILL BE ARRIVING IN THE BAY AREA TODAY. (AP PHOTO/REED SAXON)
  • President Barack Obama quickly descends the steps from Air Force One after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday. The president will be arriving in the Bay Area today. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
  • President Barack Obama quickly descends the steps from Air Force One after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday. The president will be arriving in the Bay Area today. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Streets are closed and traffic is congested in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood today in preparation for President Barack Obama's visit to The City for a campaign fundraiser, police said.

Hundreds of protesters gather to greet president.

Several streets were shut down starting at 11:30 a.m. and will remain closed until 4 p.m., including northbound Third Street from Folsom Street to Mission Street; southbound New Montgomery between Mission and Howard streets; Hawthorne Street between Howard and Folsom streets; and the intersection of Third and Howard streets.

Air Force One is scheduled to land at San Francisco International Airport at 12:45 p.m. The president will then attend a lunch fundraiser at the W Hotel at 181 Third St., a campaign official said.

Ticket prices for the event — which will feature a performance by Jack Johnson — start at $5,000 and roughly 200 people are expected to attend, the official said.

Obama will then depart from SFO shortly after 3 p.m.

The anti-war group The World Can’t Wait is planning to gather outside the hotel to protest U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Obama administration’s funding of other military operations in the Middle East, according to the group. Already reports on social media say that traffic is congested and that protesters are amassing in front of the W Hotel.

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