Marine One departs the White House
Marine One departs the White House, Friday, February 25, 2022, en route to Wilmington, Delaware. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Joe Biden is inbound to the great Pacif­ic Northwest.

The 46th Pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States is on his way to Ore­gon and Wash­ing­ton State for his first offi­cial vis­it as Com­man­der-in-Chief to both states, accom­pa­nied by a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of aides and advi­sors from the White House.

Biden depart­ed the White House at 10:29 AM East­ern on Marine One for Joint Base Andrews, accord­ing to the trav­el pool. He was accom­pa­nied by five aides on the helo, includ­ing Kate Bed­ing­field, the Direc­tor of Communications.

The flight end­ed eight min­utes lat­er and Biden emerged at 10:41 AM Eastern.

After arriv­ing at Joint Base Andrews, the Pres­i­dent was greet­ed by Colonel Matthew Jones, the Com­man­der of the 89th Air­lift Wing, and walked to the VC-25A trans­port that the Air Force usu­al­ly uses for cross coun­try and inter­na­tion­al pres­i­den­tial trips. After salut­ing and wav­ing, he embarked, begin­ning his trip to the Pacif­ic North­west. The cross coun­try flight is expect­ed to take under five hours. Air Force One is due into Port­land a lit­tle after half past noon.

(Note that Air Force One is a call­sign, not an air­craft; any Air Force bird car­ry­ing the Pres­i­dent is Air Force One, as opposed to a spe­cif­ic jet. For this trip, the Pres­i­dent will fly on a VC-25A, which is a famil­iar look­ing mod­i­fied Boe­ing 747.)

After arriv­ing in Port­land, Biden will make an appear­ance at the air­port with Gov­er­nor Kate Brown, Sen­a­tor Jeff Merkley, and Sen­a­tor Ron Wyden. This event will be car­ried live on for any­one inter­est­ed in view­ing it.

Fol­low­ing the event, the Pres­i­dent will trav­el to a DNC fundrais­er near­by in Port­land. After remarks and pos­si­ble Q&A, he will return to PDX and depart for Seat­tle. The flight up to Seat­tle will take slight­ly less than an hour.

The Pres­i­dent will be com­ing into Seat­tle-Taco­ma Inter­na­tion­al Air­port, prob­a­bly neces­si­tat­ing a tem­po­rary ground stop dur­ing rush hour.

Biden’s first stop in Seat­tle will be anoth­er DNC fundrais­er. After that, his pub­licly announced sched­ule is done for the day, and he’ll retire to his lodgings.

Tomor­row morn­ing, Biden will appear with Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee, Sen­a­tors Pat­ty Mur­ray and Maria Cantwell, and Unit­ed States Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kim Schri­er at an Earth Day event in Schri­er’s dis­trict (Green Riv­er Col­lege in Auburn).

After that event con­cludes, Biden is sched­uled to return to Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Seat­tle and Port­land area trav­el­ers can expect some traf­fic and air­port impacts from the Pres­i­den­t’s vis­it. For oper­a­tional secu­ri­ty rea­sons, the Secret Ser­vice does­n’t dis­close what roads they will be using for the Pres­i­den­t’s trav­el, and thus it isn’t pos­si­ble for us to pass along any spe­cif­ic advi­sories about road clo­sures. How­ev­er, any­one who needs to trav­el in South King Coun­ty tonight or tomor­row should leave plen­ty of extra time for their trip.

We will offer con­tin­u­ing cov­er­age of Pres­i­dent Biden’s trip to the great Pacif­ic North­west here on the Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate through its con­clu­sion tomor­row after­noon. If you’d like to get updates when they are pub­lished, you can use the sub­scribe by email option to your right, or our RSS feed.

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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