President Joe Biden will be in the Pacific Northwest for the first time since becoming the nation’s Commander-in-Chief back in January when he took the oath of office, the White House announced in a media advisory today.
The President will be making a stop in Boise, Idaho as part of an western swing that will also include a stop in Denver, Colorado.
The President’s primary destination on this trip is California, where he is making an election eve appearance with California Governor Gavin Newsom to urge voters to turn out and vote no on the Republican recall. He will also visit fire-scarred communities in the Golden State to observe damage firsthand.
Here’s the notice from the White House:
On Monday, September 13th, the President will travel to Boise, Idaho where he will visit the National Interagency Fire Center; Sacramento, California to survey wildfire damage; Long Beach, California to participate in an event with Governor Gavin Newsom; and Denver, Colorado, where he will participate in a Build Back Better event. The trip will be pooled press. Additional details to follow.
The advisory doesn’t say if Biden will be staying overnight on the Left Coast, but a four stop itinerary will make for a long day regardless. Fortunately, the Air Force knows how to get VIPs from A to B to C to D in an expeditious fashion.
The President has not yet visited Washington or Oregon since assuming office, although that could change by the time the midterms roll around. Oregon will have an important gubernatorial election next year, along with a newly expanded congressional map, while Washington will have a U.S. Senate election.
The National Interagency Fire Center, which the President is visiting in Boise, is an important strategic facility that houses teams of people working on fire prevention, containment, and extinguishment.
“NIFC is a place. But it’s far more than a collection of buildings. It is the epitome of interagency cooperation and collaboration,” the agency explains.
“It’s the energy of nearly six hundred employees, representing eight separate federal and state agencies, engaged in multiple aspects of the same mission: to develop national wildland fire policy and lead in its implementation; and to serve as the logistical and support center for the nation’s wildland fires and, at times, other national disasters and emergencies.”
Conveniently, NIFC is situated right next to the Boise Airport, which means the President can fly in on Air Force One and already be within a few steps of the place he’s visiting upon landing. No need for a helicopter ride or road closures in the heart of Boise to accommodate a motorcade.
The Pacific Northwest has not had a presidential visit since the Obama era, as Donald Trump did not set foot in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho during his occupancy of the Oval Office. Trump did, however, make several stops in Alaska and Montana. Most of his trips to Montana were in opposition to Democratic Senator Jon Tester’s reelection. Despite Trump’s efforts to defeat Tester, Big Sky voters sent him back to the Senate for another six-year term in 2018.