President Biden's Air Force transport (Air Force One) parked at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Air Force One, shown here parked at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, brought President Joe Biden into Seattle just before 5 PM on Friday, May 10th, 2024 (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Joe Biden’s sec­ond-ever vis­it to Wash­ing­ton State as Pres­i­dent is underway!

Under­neath sun­ny spring skies, Air Force One land­ed at Seat­tle-Taco­ma Inter­na­tion­al Air­port near­ly a whole hour ahead of sched­ule, neces­si­tat­ing some quick logis­ti­cal work by the Wash­ing­ton State Patrol, Seat­tle Police Depart­ment, and oth­er law enforce­ment agencies.

The flight includ­ed “some spec­tac­u­lar views of Mount Rain­er and the Three Sis­ters Moun­tains along the way,” accord­ing to one of the reporters trav­el­ing with the President.

President Joe Biden arrives in Seattle
Pres­i­dent Joe Biden arrives in Seat­tle on May 10th, 2024 (Video still)

Pres­i­dent Biden stepped off the plane at 5 PM and was greet­ed by Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee, First Lady Tru­di Inslee, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Prami­la Jaya­pal, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Suzan Del­Bene, Seat­tle May­or Bruce Har­rell, Joanne Har­rell, Seat­tle Port Com­mis­sion­er Toshiko Hasegawa, King Coun­ty Exec­u­tive Dow Con­stan­tine, and Dow’s daugh­ter Sab­ri­na for sev­er­al min­utes before get­ting into one of the pres­i­den­tial lim­ou­sines that the Secret Ser­vice has infor­mal­ly dubbed “the Beast.”

Then, sev­en min­utes lat­er, it was off to down­town Seattle.

The State Patrol closed north­bound I‑5 to accom­mo­date the Pres­i­den­t’s motorcade.

The Pres­i­den­t’s only pub­licly dis­closed engage­ment this evening is a sold-out cam­paign recep­tion for the Biden Vic­to­ry Fund. He’ll head­line a sec­ond cam­paign recep­tion tomor­row at anoth­er not-dis­clos­able loca­tion before depart­ing the region.

First Lady Jill Biden, mean­while, is doing the same thing down in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, hav­ing flown south yes­ter­day from Port­land pri­or to Biden’s jour­ney north today.

Biden’s Sat­ur­day morn­ing event could be like the one he just came from in Palo Alto.

Accord­ing to pool reports, Biden spoke from a fair­ly inti­mate room that was sort of a liv­ing room and kitchen com­bo. It had a series of couch­es arranged and posi­tioned fac­ing a small podi­um and teleprompter where the Pres­i­dent stood. On a near­by patio there were sev­er­al tables with blue place­set­tings. Only about thir­ty peo­ple were in the room for Biden’s speech (includ­ing for­mer Yahoo CEO Maris­sa May­er), which last­ed about sev­en­teen minutes.

Biden point­ed out in his remarks that 1.6 mil­lion peo­ple have donat­ed to his cam­paign, with nine­ty-sev­en per­cent of the con­tri­bu­tions under $200.

He also said his cam­paign has opened a hun­dred and fifty offices in bat­tle­ground states “and Trump has opened zero offices. And it’s not just because he’s on trial.”

“The press doesn’t want to write about it but the momen­tum is clear­ly in our favor, with polls mov­ing toward us and away from Trump,” he said.

He cit­ed sev­er­al polls but then added: “I quite frankly don’t think polls mean any­thing today.” The Pres­i­dent then said it’s hard to get a read on a poll, and tough for poll­sters to get peo­ple to respond. And he’s not wrong about that.

We’ll bring you fur­ther updates on the Pres­i­den­t’s vis­it in the hours ahead.

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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