Motorcade pulls up to Air Force One
President Obama and his entourage board Air Force One following their afternoon in Seattle and Medina. (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma will make two stops in the Pacif­ic North­west tomor­row before head­ing to Cal­i­for­nia for the week­end, the White House has confirmed.

The Pres­i­dent will depart Joint Base Andrews around 9:15 AM East­ern for a cross-coun­try flight to Eugene, Ore­gon. Oba­ma is sched­uled to land in Track Town USA around 11:40 AM Pacif­ic. At the Eugene Air­port, he will like­ly trans­fer to a Siko­rsky VH-3D Sea King or VH-60N White­Hawk oper­at­ed by the Marine Corps and fly into Rose­burg by heli­copter. The Pres­i­den­t’s meet­ing with vic­tims of the Umpqua Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege Shoot­ing will hap­pen at around 12:40 PM.

By 2:45 PM, Oba­ma will be back in Eugene for a forty minute flight to Seat­tle. He’s sched­uled to touch down at Boe­ing Field around 3:45 PM.

After land­ing, the Pres­i­dent will trav­el by motor­cade to the West­in in Seat­tle for fundrais­ing events. He has a DNC round­table first at 4:20 PM, then will speak at a din­ner for Pat­ty Mur­ray around 6 PM. (Orig­i­nal­ly, it was going to be a lun­cheon, but it was resched­uled to accom­mo­date the Pres­i­den­t’s plans to vis­it Roseburg.)

By 7 PM, Oba­ma will be back at Boe­ing Field and depart­ing for San Fran­cis­co. He’ll do anoth­er DNC round­table there in the evening before retir­ing for the night. The Pres­i­dent will spend the rest of the week­end in Cal­i­for­nia before return­ing to D.C.

The Secret Ser­vice and State Patrol will like­ly shut down I‑5 so the Pres­i­den­t’s motor­cade can get in and out of down­town Seat­tle. These clo­sures will hap­pen dur­ing the Fri­day evening rush, and will cause traf­fic all over the region to back up. The Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion urges all com­muters to plan accordingly.

Sound Tran­sit advises:

There will be sev­er­al street clo­sures tomor­row, Fri­day, Octo­ber 9th from 10 AM — 7 PM for Pres­i­dent Obama’s visit.

All tran­sit rid­ers should expect sig­nif­i­cant delays on all ST Express routes that trav­el through down­town Seat­tle. Please mon­i­tor media reports, WSDOT and SDOT for the lat­est traf­fic con­di­tions. Con­sid­er oth­er routes or alter­nate work sched­ules, and allow a lot of extra trav­el time. Due to the street clo­sures the fol­low­ing routes will be rerout­ed. Please vis­it the Alerts page for details on missed stops.


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Last­ly, if you’re inter­est­ed, The Eugene Reg­is­ter-Guard has a lengthy sto­ry pre­view­ing the Pres­i­den­t’s vis­it to Rose­burg, which gives voice to a num­ber of ardent con­ser­v­a­tives who are unhap­py that the Pres­i­dent is com­ing to town.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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  1. It may be eas­i­er for me to say since I’m a Demo­c­rat talk­ing about a Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­dent, but the pres­i­dents vis­it to Rose­burg should be a time to mourn and reflect and should be seen as above partisanship.

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