Bay Area gears up for presidential visit

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks on No Child Left Behind Reform, Friday, Sept, 23, 2011, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

September 24, 2011 4:44:55 PM PDT
The topic of putting Americans back to work will be on President Obama's agenda as he travels to the Bay Area on Sunday.

Obama is expected to play host at several private fundraisers Sunday afternoon and evening.

On Monday, Obama will hold a town hall-style meeting at the Mountain View headquarters of LinkedIn. The White House says Obama will answer questions from a live audience composed of LinkedIn employees and users.

In his weekly address on Saturday, Obama focused on the global economy and strengthening the American education system.

"If we're serious about building an economy that lasts -- an economy in which hard work pays off with the opportunity for solid middle-class jobs -- we had better be serious about education," Obama said. "We have to pick up our game and raise our standards."

At an event on Friday, the president announced the government will be giving states more flexibility to meet standards for teaching and learning. It will now be up to states and schools to come up with innovative ways to give children the skills they need to compete for the jobs of the future.

ABC7 News and ABC7NEWS.COM will have complete coverage of President Obama's Bay Area visit on-air and online Sunday and Monday.