President Joe Biden will spend Earth Day in the great Pacific Northwest as part of a swing through Washington and Oregon that will include stops in Seattle and Portland, the White House announced in a press release today.
“On Thursday, April 21st, the President will travel to Portland, Oregon to discuss how the unprecedented investments in his Bipartisan Infrastructure Law are Building a Better America,” the White House said in a statement sent to NPI and other media outlets around 11 AM Pacific Time.
“On Earth Day, Friday, April 22nd, the President will travel to Seattle, Washington to discuss his Administration’s efforts to continue bringing down costs for American families and growing our clean energy economy.”
The Friday event or events will probably feature a joint appearance with Governor Jay Inslee and possibly State Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, along with local elected officials like King County Executive Dow Constantine.
It seems inconceivable that Biden would come to Washington State to talk about growing our clean energy economy without appearing with the governor, who is one of the nation’s best known climate action champions.
This will be Biden’s first trip to Washington and Oregon as President. Biden has already been to Idaho as President, stopping in Boise for a visit as part of another trip out west that he took last year. Biden was most recently in Seattle in 2019 during a pre-pandemic fundraising swing as part of his presidential campaign.
The last time Washington State had a presidential visit was in 2016, in the final year of Barack Obama’s second term as President. Donald Trump did not visit Washington or Oregon during the period of time that he occupied the Oval Office.
As Vice President, Biden made a number of trips to Washington State over an eight year timespan, including to support Senator Maria Cantwell and Senator Patty Murray. Many of Biden’s appearances were in 2010 and 2014, both midterm cycles. Biden headlined a Tacoma rally for Murray in 2010 that was well attended.
Biden also showed up for Senator Maria Cantwell, headlining an event for her in 2014, although she was not on the ballot that year. (Cantwell was first elected in 2000 and then reelected in 2006, 2012, and 2018. She’ll be up again in 2024.)
The White House says additional details about the trip will be available next week. NPI is planning on covering the visit here on the Cascadia Advocate.
Residents of the Portland and Seattle metropolitan areas can expect some daytime traffic impacts on Thursday and Friday, and should plan ahead accordingly. For security reasons, it isn’t possible to know what roads the Secret Service will have local law enforcement close, or when those closures will take place. If you’ll be out and about on Thursday or Friday of next week, just give yourself plenty of extra time to reach your destination.