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 WhiteHouse.gov 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.
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