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)

Good morn­ing from SeaTac!

Today is the sec­ond day of Pres­i­dent Joe Biden’s May 2024 week­end fundrais­ing jaunt to the greater Seat­tle area. Accord­ing to the White House, the Pres­i­den­t’s sec­ond Seat­tle area cam­paign recep­tion will be held in Med­i­na, one of the most afflu­ent sub­urbs in Amer­i­ca. Report­ed­ly par­tic­i­pat­ing are Microsoft Pres­i­dent Brad Smith, Ama­zon’s gen­er­al coun­sel David Zapol­sky, for­mer Microsoft Pres­i­dent Jon Shirley, and for­mer Cost­co CEO Jim Sinegal.

After that recep­tion, Biden will be depart­ing the PNW for his home state of Delaware. 

Here’s the sched­ule the White House released for today:

SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2024 – SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2024

On Sat­ur­day, the Pres­i­dent will par­tic­i­pate in a cam­paign recep­tion. This recep­tion in Med­i­na, Wash­ing­ton, will be cov­ered by the restrict­ed out-of-town pool and the out-of-town pool will accom­pa­ny.

Lat­er, the Pres­i­dent will depart Med­i­na, Wash­ing­ton en route to Dover, Delaware. The depar­ture from Seat­tle-Taco­ma Inter­na­tion­al Air­port, will be open press and the arrival to Dover Air Force Base, will be cov­ered by the out-of-town pool.

After, the Pres­i­dent will depart Dover, Delaware en route to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The depar­ture from Dover Air Force Base will be cov­ered by the out-of-town pool. The arrival in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware will be cov­ered by the sup­ple­men­tal pool.

On Sun­day, the Pres­i­dent has no pub­lic events sched­uled.

Sat­ur­day, May 11, 2024

Times below are Pacific

10:00 AM
Out-of-Town Pool Call Time

10:00 AM
THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Dai­ly Brief
Closed Press

12:15 PM
THE PRESIDENT par­tic­i­pates in a cam­paign recep­tion
Med­i­na, Wash­ing­ton
Restrict­ed Out-of-Town Pool

1:35 PM
THE PRESIDENT departs Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton en route to Dover, Delaware
Seat­tle-Taco­ma Inter­na­tion­al Air­port
Open Press

All times below East­ern

11:15 AM
Sup­ple­men­tal Pool Call Time

9:15 PM

THE PRESIDENT departs Dover, Delaware en route to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Dover Air Force Base
Out-of-Town Pool
9:35 PM

THE PRESIDENT arrives in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Sup­ple­men­tal Pool

Sun­day, May 12, 2024

All times below are East­ern

12:00 PM
Out-of-Town Pool Call Time

Some of the ter­mi­nol­o­gy in the pub­lic sched­ule above may not be famil­iar to peo­ple who don’t work in the White House or the mass media. Here’s a quick primer:

  • “Closed press” sig­ni­fies a func­tion or event that reporters are pro­hib­it­ed from observing
  • “Open press” sig­ni­fies the oppo­site — media are allowed to be present
  • “Out-of-town pool” and “restrict­ed pool” are events that will be wit­nessed by a select num­ber of reporters on behalf of the entire White House press corps, with writ­ten obser­va­tions dis­trib­uted by the White House press office

While Pres­i­dent Biden speaks to donors in Med­i­na, First Lady Jill Biden will be in Ari­zona deliv­er­ing a com­mence­ment address at Mesa Com­mu­ni­ty College. 

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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