Obama packs Maron podcast, S.F. visit into busy Friday

President Barack Obama is going to have a very, very busy day today. The president is visiting San Francisco to address the U.S. Conference of Mayors, kiss babies at Democratic fundraisers — and also tape a podcast in Los Angeles with comedian Marc Maron.

Maron, who has hosted the popular “WTF With Marc Maron” since 2009, made the announcement Thursday.

“This is a big day for our country, for me and for my cats,” said Maron, a former San Francisco resident.  “I’m looking forward to a respectful conversation with the president. I’m calling it the WTF Summit. I hope he’s cool with that.”

Maron, who also stars on the IFC show “Maron,” is known for his insightful, incisive interview style, even reducing “Louie” star Louis C.K. to tears during a memorable 2012 episode. A jetlagged, tired president could lead to a three-hankie interview.

Before leaving Los Angeles earlier today, Obama planned to sit in comedian  Maron’s garage studio the hourlong interview, which will be available Monday. He arrived at San Francisco International Airport today at 12:57 p.m. to address the U.S. Conference of Mayors before his fundraisers. The conference, hosted by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, will discuss the economic health of U.S. cities.

The fundraiser with U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi is expected to draw more than 50 donors to the Sea Cliff home of retired hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer. While in California, he also was headlining two private discussions attended by about 30 donors each — one Thursday afternoon hosted by television series creator Chuck Lorre in Los Angeles and a second planned Friday in San Francisco hosted by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar.

Obama then planned to spend Father’s Day weekend in Palm Springs, a favorite golf destination, while his wife and daughters are in Europe.


Stevie Wonder, Cody Simpson and Avril Lavigne are some of the stars who will perform at next month’s opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games, organizers said Thursday.

The July 25 ceremony will also feature appearances by actress Eva Longoria, comedian Jimmy Kimmel and athletes Yao Ming and Michael Phelps.

This year’s games feature 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities competing in a variety of sporting events. Organizers say it is expected to draw 60,000 spectators.

“I am touched to be a part of this celebration of determination, courage, joy and skill,” Wonder wrote in a statement. “Throughout my own journey of overcoming the odds, it’s truly an inspiring moment to join these incredible athletes as they come to Los Angeles to compete and accomplish so many victories.”


Amon Tobin: Isam Live 2.0 and Cold War Kids have been added to the lineup of the Outside Lands festival, which will draw shivering music fans to Golden Gate Park from Aug. 7-9. … Peninsula resident Neil Young, who is still mighty peeved that human combover and presidential candidate Donald Trump tried to use “Rockin’ in the Free World” as a campaign song; issued a statement Thursday adding,  “A picture of me with this candidate was also circulated in conjunction with this announcement, but it was a photograph taken during a meeting when I was trying to raise funds for Pono,” Young’s online music service.


Actress Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) is 37. … Actress Kathleen Turner (“Serial Mom”) is 61. … Giants sportscaster Duane Kuiper is 65. … Hall of Fame race car driver Shirley Muldowney is 75. — Wire, staff report

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