Over eggs poached with fresh morels, shaved asparagus, and fresh berries, a crowd of 250 Barack Obama supporters cheered on The First Lady as she made a pitch at the Claremont Hotel Tuesday morning to support the President’s reelection.

Lamenting the fact that she didn’t get to eat the breakfast prepared by Alice Waters and numerous high-profile alums of her Chez Panisse restaurant  — “They don’t let me eat at these things. I have to keep moving,” — Michelle Obama characterized her husband “as a hard-working man,” who believes that “if any child in this country is left behind, that matters to all of us, even if it is not our son or daughter.”

She cited the capture killing of Osama Bin Laden, the passage of healthcare reform, and a push for clean energy and more scientific research as some of the President’s achievements of the past two years.

Michelle Obama also publicly acknowledged Alice Waters as her inspiration for starting the organic garden at the White House.

But the breakfast — to which Berkeleyside’s Frances Dinkelspiel purchased a ticket — was geared to motivate the Democratic-heavy Bay Area to work hard for the 2012 campaign.

“Are you all in?” Michelle Obama asked the crowd at the end of her 25-minute speech. “Because I am, and I hope you are all fired up. Barack Obama and I are going to work our tails off and we are going to need you to pray for us and care for us.”

Local Democratic officials came out for the event, including the host, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, and Berkeley City Councilmember Gordon Wozniak.

Alice Waters put out a call at Chez Panisse for people in the East Bay to cut fresh roses and other flowers from their gardens to use as centerpieces at the Claremont Hotel fundraising breakfast.

The breakfast included grilled Acme bread, Soul Food Farm eggs poached with fresh morels, asparagus from Bob Cannard’s Green Strings farm, and fresh blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. There was also a special Chez Panisse coffee blend from local purveyor Blue Bottle Coffee.

A Secret Service agent waited by the red carpet set up for Michelle Obama’s arrival at the Claremont Hotel, which is on the Berkeley-Oakland border.

Pizzaiolo chef Charlie Hallowell and fellow chef grill Acme bread outside Claremont kitchen.

“Sully” Sullenberger and his wife were among the celebrities who attended the Obama fundraiser.

Alice Waters was wearing a dress designed by Christine Kim of Dosa. The First Lady wore a silvery skirt with a white top and shrug, accessorized by a double band of pearls.

Actress Jennifer Garner spent Monday with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse and decided to stay in Berkeley overnight to attend the fundraiser, she said. She is posing with Morgan, 13.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department provided security for The First Lady along with the Secret Service.

Photos: Frances Dinkelspiel and Susan Helmrich.

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Frances Dinkelspiel (co-founder) is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California,...

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  1. Obama and his family and friends are touring the world on the Americans’ tax dime and he does not have any real understanding of the economic situation or how to improve it. The Americans
    elected a man with limited experience and understanding. .

  2. ICELAND YOU ARE SOOOOOO SICK!!!!  All you do is b—- & complain about President Obama!  You wasn’t crying & complaining when Bush was starting wars and giving your tax dollars to the rich for 8 years!!!   How can he really acomplish anything when people like You  & the republicians want him to fail and will not work with him?  Get over it there is a Black man in the WHITE HOUSE (that slaves built) and he will be there another 4 years.   So your sick sould/mind will be B——-g 4 more years!!!

  3. She is a secret service agent not a model.  I don’t think she is too concerned about her outfit.

  4. I do hope that was not intended to be a flattering picture of Mrs. Obama . This being Hollywood and all,,, but the make-up was applied with a trowel, her fake eyelashes look like something worn on Halloween and her own nappy hair is escaping from the wig. Wow, this photographer must really dislike her.

  5. May not be apparent to most, our First Lady is significantly fatigued by all of this.  Please post ASAP to

    The White House your recommendation that a three day weekend at Camp David be declared to be

    THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE for our First Family.  Thanks in advance, Marta Fisher, B.A.

    Arts and Sciences, Wasthington University, St. Louis, MO l970 Honors in Spanish, minor in Biology.

    Much obliged, they need a break.

  6. I wonder if she rode one of the CIA’s secret black helicopters with the Majestic 12 when she went to pick up that belt that looks like it was bought from Hot Topic before, or after, she convened with the reptilian humanoids who control our One World Government?

    (If it’s not clear, I’m mocking the idea that ill-tailored pants are a secret judo uniform hiding dozens of firearms.)

  7. Actually it looks more like she lost her luggage and is wearing someone else’s clothes.

  8. The meal does not sound to filling. A plate with a couple wedges of bread and one small egg. Time for a burger run after the expensive small plates.

  9. it’s bush that got us into this mess why do you folks always blame OBAMA? this with your heads don’t sit on it. dahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  10. Dear Jesus: Please let me find a wife who is like Jennifer Gardner in every way. If Ben Affleck deserves one, I certainly do too.

  11. If you held them up with the beltline parallel to the ground, the bottoms
    of the slacks would not be close to parallel to the ground (they’d slope
    downards towards the front).   The “you’re almost about to trip over
    those” look of them is an illusion and exaggerates a conventional style
    of womens slacks.   They’re really loose around the legs like — hint,
    hint — martial arts pants.  There’s a neat move you can do with those if
    you do need that second gun that you’re carrying:  you can basically
    kneel on one knee and hoist that pants leg up in one fluid and rapid
    gesture.   If they aren’t custom they’re at least well chosen.   (Also,
    the jacket matches fabric wise but I would agree that the fit of the
    pants in the context of the fit of the jacket has a slightly comical
    effect if you give it more than a passing glance.)

  12. I was giving a farcical answer to your poorly thought out rhetorical question.

    Those slacks aren’t purposefully tailored for an ankle holster (there’s so much fabric hanging over the front of her shoes that it would get in the way) they’re just ill-fitting.

  13. A piece of bread “reflects no value” !! It is just food for the rest of us. It is only the wealthy, with nothing to do and lots of spare time, who can appreciate philosophical considerations about half a pound of cooked grains.

    Never a First Lady has looked so similar to Marie Antoinette.

  14. A piece of bread “reflects no value” !! It is just food for the rest of us. It is only the wealthy, with nothing to do and lots of spare time, who can appreciate philosophical considerations about half a pound of cooked grains.

    Never a First Lady has looked so similar to Marie Antoinette.

  15. “Are you all in?” Michelle Obama asked the crowd at the end of her 25-minute speech.
    Yes, I’m all in. Bust or make it, but not thanks to your hubby.

     “…I hope you are all fired…”

    ‘Nuff said.

    “Barack Obama and I are going to need you to pray for us and care for us.”

    After my money they want my prayers too ?!

  16. “Are you all in?” Michelle Obama asked the crowd at the end of her 25-minute speech.
    Yes, I’m all in. Bust or make it, but not thanks to your hubby.

     “…I hope you are all fired…”

    ‘Nuff said.

    “Barack Obama and I are going to need you to pray for us and care for us.”

    After my money they want my prayers too ?!

  17. Speaking of food and politics, try reading this from todays New York Times in regards to Obama now courting Wall Street as many of us struggle with hunger and continued humiliation :  And Mr. Obama will return to New York this month to dine with bankers, hedge fund executives and private equity investors at the Upper East Side restaurant Daniel.  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/13/us/politics/13donor.html?_r=1#h[LmMAMO,1]
     

  18. I think it’s just a terrible tailoring job. Or no tailoring at all. The jacket doesn’t even match the pants. What not to wear should take on the secret service.

  19. Uh… it’s pretty much a rhetorical question — not sure why you’re giving a wrong answer for it.

    I guess it’s a mildly interesting topic:  The slacks are ideally tailored for use with an ankle holster:  good design and fabric to not get hung up when drawing plus plenty of length to prevent accidental reveals.   Her belt is pretty interesting, too — I’d stay sharp if she appears to be scratching her lower back or side.   As near as I can tell the objective here is not so much perfect concealment in this case as just a kind of polite modesty and to create a slight ambiguity over particular weapons and draws. The slightly exaggeratedly long tailoring of the slacks kind of amusing in that regard.    I think you can even actually see the left-leg bulge there but that might just be the drape of the fabric.   (That’s, come to think of it, another reason the very long length of the slacks is a nice touch — for exactly that bulge-vs.-drape ambiguity in appearance.)

  20. Acme levain, of course, Meredith, although they did hand out some new experimental whole wheat bread as a gift at the end. The package explains that the bread reflects the values of the Edible Schoolyard since it the wheat was grown in Kettleman City, ground in Petaluma, and baked in Berkeley. 

  21. I trust the leftover food scraps will either be composted or go to a local soup kitchen?

    I guess there’s some apt symbolism that the Resort itself recently went into foreclosure:  On February 1, 2011, the resort filed for bankruptcy due to losses attributed to the ongoing recession.

    “Maturing Debt” seems to be a looming problem for this presidency:

    Debt matures

    The group of lenders put the resorts in bankruptcy after failing to reach an agreement on a debt extension with trusts overseeing a securitized mortgage.
    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/02/01/BU9K1HHEPP.DTL#ixzz1PHyjPrxG

  22. All of this while 2100 Americans loose their homes daily and many of us cannot put food on our tables at the end of the month.  This man has no leadership nor courage and it’s painful to have to filly acknowledge this.  The scary spooky ‘take away message’ in all of this is that $$$$, position, power, influence and celebrity rule in America and anything else strangely does *not* exist.  This is all so sick as well as infuriating and insulting. Obama lost the progressive vote, the left and now the middle class who have become the new poor and underclass.  My personal message to Michelle Obama is to enjoy your breakfast and lunch and when you return home tell your husband to “Feed his people”.

  23. Given Obama’s disgusting repudiation of the principles that he ran on (as ably documented by Glenn Greenwald et al.), this kind of celebrity-mongering seems particularly nauseous.

  24. Do you think that unusual tailoring of the trousers on the S.S. lady is a heat-hiding hack?