President Biden waves after boarding Air Force One
President Joe Biden waves goodbye after ascending his Boeing VC-25 transport's airstairs (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Joe Biden’s sec­ond trip to Wash­ing­ton State as Pres­i­dent has come to an end.

Short­ly after mid­day, with tem­per­a­tures sur­pass­ing eighty degrees Fahren­heit in the Seat­tle metro area, the Com­man­der-in-Chief’s motor­cade zoomed down Inter­state 405 from Med­i­na and brought the pres­i­den­tial entourage back to Seat­tle-Taco­ma Inter­na­tion­al Air­port for the out­bound transcon­ti­nen­tal flight to Delaware, Biden’s home state.

A pool reporter trav­el­ing with Biden — Matt Vis­er of The Wash­ing­ton Post — described the jour­ney as “unevent­ful” and wrote: “He got out of the Beast at 1:45 PM and took a pho­to with law enforce­ment offi­cers. As he walked toward the plane, he either ignored or didn’t hear shouts to come elab­o­rate on his fundrais­er remarks on Israel.”

By “fundrais­er remarks on Israel,” Vis­er was refer­ring to com­ments Biden had made less than an hour before in Med­i­na at a cam­paign recep­tion, in which Biden said: “You know, there would be a cease­fire tomor­row if… Hamas would release the hostages: the women and the elder­ly and the wound­ed. Israel said it’s up to Hamas; if they want­ed to do it, we could end it tomor­row. And the cease­fire would begin tomor­row. It all has to do — you know, we’ve not — any­way, I don’t want to — I guess I shouldn’t get into all this about Israel. But, you know — well, I don’t want to get going, I guess.”

Luck­i­ly for Vis­er and the White House press corps, there will plen­ty of oppor­tu­ni­ties to fol­low up in the days ahead. Biden will be back at the White House on Mon­day and Press Sec­re­tary Karine Jean-Pierre will host an after­noon brief­ing with Q&A. But first comes Moth­er’s Day — and Biden will spend it in Rehoboth Beach. 

The afore­men­tioned pho­to with law enforce­ment includ­ed State Patrol troop­ers as well as local police. From our van­tage point on the press ris­er, we watched them hus­tle to get into place so they’d be ready for the Pres­i­dent. Biden then hopped out of one of the Cadil­lac lim­ou­sines cus­tom built for the Secret Ser­vice and walked across the apron to join them. (“Apron” is the term for the areas where air­craft park. Aprons and taxi­ways are often incor­rect­ly referred to in the mass media as “the tarmac.”)

After the pho­tos were tak­en, Biden walked back to where he’d just been. He paused after climb­ing the Boe­ing VC-25’s airstairs and waved good­bye to the press assem­bled to wit­ness his depar­ture. He then dis­ap­peared into the cabin. 

Less than twen­ty min­utes lat­er, Air Force One was under­way and taxi­ing for takeoff.

We may not see Pres­i­dent Biden in Wash­ing­ton State again before the elec­tion. But Amer­i­cans liv­ing in bat­tle­ground states will be see­ing a lot of him as he hits the cam­paign trail in his rematch with wannabe auto­crat Don­ald Trump. 

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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