First Lady Jill Biden arrives in Seattle for multi-day September 2023 visit

Dr. Jill Biden is back in the Emer­ald City!

Moments ago, the First Lady of the Unit­ed States stepped off her Air Force trans­port after a cross-coun­try flight from the oth­er Wash­ing­ton, begin­ning a mul­ti-day vis­it to Seat­tle which will include both offi­cial and cam­paign stops.

Biden land­ed after night­fall at Boe­ing Field on a pleas­ant, dry Pacif­ic North­west evening. She was greet­ed by King Coun­ty Exec­u­tive Dow Con­stan­tine and then stepped into a wait­ing motor­cade to head to her Seat­tle accommodations.

Pri­or to head­ing west, the First Lady joined Pres­i­dent Joe Biden in greet­ing Ukrain­ian Pres­i­dent Pres­i­dent Volodymyr Zelen­skyy and his wife, Ole­na Volodymyriv­na Zelen­s­ka at the White House. The cou­ple jour­neyed to the Dis­trict of Colum­bia to ral­ly sup­port for Ukraine on Capi­tol Hill after par­tic­i­pat­ing in the open­ing week of the Unit­ed Nations gen­er­al assem­bly in New York, New York.

“Putin thought he would break Ukraine. He thought he could break you. He had under­es­ti­mat­ed the con­se­quence of tak­ing on Ukrain­ian peo­ple. From your chil­dren to your grand­par­ents, I’ve nev­er seen so much courage exhib­it­ed by civil­ians. It real­ly is amaz­ing. It’s amaz­ing,” Zelen­skyy told Pres­i­dent Biden in remarks at the White House after an expand­ed bila­te­r­i­al meeting.

The First Lady’s meet­ing with Ole­na Volodymyriv­na Zelen­s­ka, which took place in the after­noon East­ern time, was closed press, with no pool spray.

Dr. Biden has no pub­lic events sched­uled tonight, but tomor­row, she will be at the Fred Hutchin­son Can­cer Research Cen­ter in Seat­tle and at two cam­paign recep­tions for the Biden Vic­to­ry Fund in Shore­line and Mer­cer Island.

Here’s the First Lady’s sched­ule for tomor­row as announced by the White House:

Sched­ule for First Lady Dr. Jill Biden
Sep­tem­ber 22nd, 2023
Seat­tle, Washington
All times Pacific

At 2:20 PM, as part of the Biden Administration’s Uni­ty Agen­da and Can­cer Moon­shot, the First Lady will vis­it the Fred Hutchin­son Can­cer Cen­ter in Seat­tle, WA to high­light the impor­tance of sup­port­ing can­cer sur­vivors through spe­cial­ized care and research, includ­ing sur­vivors of child­hood can­cers and breast cancer.

At 4:00 PM, the First Lady will deliv­er remarks at a polit­i­cal event for the Biden Vic­to­ry Fund in Shore­line, WA.

At 6:00 PM, the First Lady will deliv­er remarks at a polit­i­cal event for the Biden Vic­to­ry Fund in Mer­cer Island, WA.

The focus of the vis­it to Fred Hutchin­son will be cel­e­brat­ing the progress of the Biden-Har­ris admin­is­tra­tion’s Can­cer Moon­shot, which the White House says “has spurred tremen­dous action across the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment and from the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, build­ing a strong foun­da­tion for the work ahead.”

“To date, the Can­cer Moon­shot has announced rough­ly fifty new pro­grams, poli­cies, and resources to address five pri­or­i­ty actions. More than one hun­dred pri­vate com­pa­nies, non-prof­its, aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tions, and patient groups have also stepped up with new actions and collaborations.”

There is much more to do, of course, and we expect we’ll get a sta­tus update about some of the pro­grams the admin­is­tra­tion is sup­port­ing tomorrow.

The First Lady’s Sep­tem­ber 2023 West Coast trip will also include a Cal­i­for­nia leg with cam­paign recep­tions in the cities of Los Ange­les and San Diego.

NPI will pro­vide con­tin­u­ing cov­er­age of the First Lady’s Seat­tle vis­it right here on The Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate through­out the day tomorrow.

Andrew Villeneuve

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