President Barack Obama could hardly find friendlier ground as he starts a fund-raising swing through California today, but there were signs of discontent outside Facebook headquarters, where he is hosting a town hall.
It wasn't that the crowd was large - it wasn't - but that many of the people hoisting signs were young, liberal voters who cast their first ballots for Obama, even volunteered for him, in 2008.
Chelsea Byers, a Code Pink intern who was studying abroad in 2008, helped organize an effort that year encouraging students to return absentee ballots for Obama. But she said she is upset with his actions in Libya.
"We just had hopes of seeing this great new Democratic base against wars," she said. "I definitely am a fan of Obama. I like Obama. But his policies, and what they're doing, it's got to stop."
Byers and her colleagues held signs that encouraged Obama, in the vernacular of the social networking site, to update his war status and budget profile.
"He made a lot of promises," she said. "It's dissatisfying."
A crowd has gathered inside Facebook for Obama's town hall event, to be streamed live on Facebook this afternoon. Supporters lined up hours early, and about 500 people, many of them Facebook employees, are expected to attend.
Obama will attend several fundraisers this week in San Francisco and Los Angeles. They include a private dinner and a rally tonight at Nob Hill Masonic Center and a breakfast Thursday morning at the St. Regis San Francisco. Tickets ranged in price from $25 to $35,800 per person.