Air Force One lands in Seattle on April 22nd, 2022
With the Olympic Mountains in the background, Air Force One lands in SeaTac, Washington, beginning Joe Biden's first trip to the Evergreen State as President (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

It’s con­firmed: Pres­i­dent Biden will be com­ing to the Emer­ald City next week, as ini­tial­ly report­ed right here on NPI’s Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate a week ago!

In an advi­so­ry dis­trib­uted to the White House press corps, the admin­is­tra­tion dis­closed that the Pres­i­dent will be embark­ing on a West Coast fundrais­ing swing this week­end. This will include stops in the San Fran­cis­co area and then more stops up here. 

Here’s what was con­firmed today:

Pres­i­dent Joe Biden to Trav­el to Cal­i­for­nia and Washington

On May 9, the Pres­i­dent will trav­el to San Fran­cis­co, Cal­i­for­nia. On May 10, the Pres­i­dent will par­tic­i­pate in two cam­paign recep­tions in the Bay Area. The Pres­i­dent will then trav­el to Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton and par­tic­i­pate in cam­paign recep­tions on May 10 and 11.

Addi­tion­al details to follow. 

It does­n’t sound like any offi­cial events will be held dur­ing either leg of the trip. How­ev­er, the Pres­i­dent will still be at work in between his cam­paign stops in the Pacif­ic time­zone. He’ll still be briefed as he would be if he were at the White House, and he’ll prob­a­bly spend some time on the phone, per­haps with oth­er world lead­ers or mem­bers of Con­gress. The human­i­tar­i­an cri­sis in Gaza is sure to have his attention.

Word of Biden’s trip has been spread­ing since we pub­lished last week’s sto­ry, and a num­ber of oth­er media out­lets — includ­ing KUOW, KING5, and the Wash­ing­ton State Stan­dard — have kind­ly point­ed their audi­ences to that report and rec­og­nized our report­ing. Our thanks to every­one who has done so, it’s very much appreciated.

Many details about this week­end’s trip remain unknown — we will bring you more infor­ma­tion as we get it. Do note, how­ev­er, that we do not pub­lish cer­tain details even if we know them for oper­a­tional secu­ri­ty rea­sons. We are stick­lers for thought­ful and respon­si­ble report­ing, guid­ed by our Code of Ethics, which you’ll find here. 

First Lady Jill Biden will be doing her own pre-Moth­er’s Day West Coast fundrais­ing swing — the White House advis­es that she’ll be in Port­land, Ore­gon tomor­row and then South­ern Cal­i­for­nia on Fri­day, both for cam­paign events ben­e­fit­ing the Pres­i­den­t’s reelec­tion cam­paign. On Sat­ur­day, she’ll deliv­er remarks at Mesa Com­mu­ni­ty College’s 2024 Com­mence­ment Cer­e­mo­ny in Tempe, Arizona.

POSTSCRIPT: The most fre­quent ques­tion we’ve been get­ting over the past week is how to obtain a tick­et to the Fri­day evening recep­tion Pres­i­dent Biden is head­lin­ing. Tick­ets for that have sold out, and it’s no longer pos­si­ble to buy one. It is pos­si­ble that either Pres­i­dent Biden or Vice Pres­i­dent Har­ris may return here before the elec­tion, how­ev­er, so there may be anoth­er oppor­tu­ni­ty for those inter­est­ed in sup­port­ing the Biden Vic­to­ry Fund.

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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