President Joe Biden disembarking AF1
President Joe Biden disembarks Air Force One at Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

A short time ago, the White House released Pres­i­dent Joe Biden’s itin­er­ary for Fri­day, May 10th, 2024, mak­ing it pos­si­ble for us to share a few more details about his sec­ond mul­ti-day vis­it to Wash­ing­ton State as Pres­i­dent — a trip that NPI broke the news of last week when the first details became verifiable. 

Biden’s day will begin in Cal­i­for­nia, where he just arrived fol­low­ing a cross-coun­try flight from Joint Base Andrews that began a lit­tle after 5:30 PM East­ern Time. 

He’ll be briefed, as usu­al, and will then head­line two cam­paign recep­tions in the San Fran­cis­co Bay Area. After that, he’ll return to Mof­fett Air­field and fly north to the great Pacif­ic North­west. His arrival should take place short­ly before 6 PM, and by 7 PM, he’ll arrive at the loca­tion of the first of two cam­paign recep­tions in our area.

That recep­tion is now sold out, as you can see… tick­ets are no longer available:

Screen­shot of the tick­et form on the Biden Vic­to­ry Fund web­site as of press time, show­ing that the recep­tion is sold out

Those read­ers in the Seat­tle area wish­ing to avoid traf­fic impacts should plan on hav­ing arrived at their des­ti­na­tion no lat­er than 6 PM. The pres­i­den­tial motor­cade will be rolling out of SeaT­ac with­in a few min­utes of when Biden touch­es down, and there will be road clo­sures to accom­mo­date the Pres­i­den­t’s movements. 

For secu­ri­ty rea­sons, the Secret Ser­vice does not dis­close the routes they choose, so we can’t tell you which roads will be closed, or when. But you can expect that high­ways and major arte­ri­als in between SeaT­ac and down­town Seat­tle will be either closed or impact­ed by clo­sures between 6 PM and 7:30 PM on Friday.

There will also be some flight dis­rup­tions — main­ly delays — because Biden is com­ing in to our region’s pri­ma­ry pas­sen­ger air hub, Seat­tle-Taco­ma Inter­na­tion­al Air­port, rather than Boe­ing Field or Paine Field, which usu­al­ly wel­comed Air Force One dur­ing the Oba­ma era.

Now, here is the sched­ule for Fri­day as announced by the White House:

In the morn­ing, the Pres­i­dent will receive the President’s Dai­ly Brief. This meet­ing will be closed press.

Lat­er, the Pres­i­dent will depart Mari­na Green Park­ing Lot Land­ing Zone en route to SLAC Land­ing Zone. The depar­ture from Mari­na Green Park­ing Lot Land­ing Zone and the arrival to SLAC Land­ing Zone will be cov­ered by the out-of-town pool.

In the after­noon, the Pres­i­dent will par­tic­i­pate in two cam­paign recep­tions. These recep­tions, in the Bay Area of Cal­i­for­nia, will be cov­ered by the restrict­ed pool and the out-of-town pool will accom­pa­ny.

Then, the Pres­i­dent will depart the Bay area of Cal­i­for­nia, en route to Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton. The depar­ture from Mof­fett Air­field and the arrival to Seat­tle-Taco­ma Air­port will be open press.

In the evening, the Pres­i­dent will par­tic­i­pate in a cam­paign recep­tion. This recep­tion, in Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton, will be cov­ered by the restrict­ed pool and the out-of-town pool will accom­pa­ny.

All Times Pacif­ic

9:50 AM: THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Dai­ly Brief
Closed Press

11:55 AM: THE PRESIDENT departs Mari­na Green Park­ing Lot Land­ing Zone en route to SLAC Land­ing Zone
Mari­na Green Park­ing Lot Land­ing Zone
Out-Of-Town Pool

12:20 PM: THE PRESIDENT arrives at SLAC Land­ing Zone
SLAC Land­ing Zone
Out-Of-Town Pool

1:15 PM: THE PRESIDENT par­tic­i­pates in a cam­paign recep­tion
Bay Area, Cal­i­for­nia
Restrict­ed Pool 

3:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT par­tic­i­pates in a cam­paign recep­tion
Bay Area, Cal­i­for­nia
Restrict­ed Pool 

4:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs Bay Area, Cal­i­for­nia en route to Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton
Mof­fett Air­field
Out-Of-Town Pool

5:50 PM: THE PRESIDENT arrives in Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton
Seat­tle-Taco­ma Inter­na­tion­al Air­port
Open Press

7:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT par­tic­i­pates in a cam­paign recep­tion
Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton
Restrict­ed Pool 

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

Accord­ing to one of the reporters trav­el­ing with the Pres­i­dent, Air Force One reached Mof­fett Field Air Base in Moun­tain View Cal­i­for­nia at 7:25 PM Pacif­ic Time. The Stan­ley Cup play­offs were play­ing on MSNBC for most of the flight.

“We had no vis­i­tors to the press cab­in, aside from Karine [Jean-Pierre, the Pres­i­den­t’s Press Sec­re­tary] who came back to brief about an hour into the flight,” the pool report not­ed. “Most ques­tions were about Israel and POTUS’ [mean­ing, Pres­i­dent Biden’s] com­ment about halt­ing the sup­ply of weapons if Israel invades Rafah.”

“For him this is straight­for­ward: he will con­tin­ue to pro­vide Israel with all capa­bil­i­ties it needs to defend itself. But he does not want cer­tain cat­e­gories of Amer­i­can weapons used in a par­tic­u­lar type of oper­a­tion in a par­tic­u­lar place.”

The report went on to note that Jean-Pierre was asked about the rea­son for the transcon­ti­nen­tal flight, and if she could offer any details about the next two days and whether it involved any­thing beyond cam­paign fundrais­ers. The response: “We are head­ed to Cal­i­for­nia, head­ed to Seat­tle. Those are cam­paign trips and cer­tain­ly the cam­paign can speak specif­i­cal­ly on what we are doing. Can’t say beyond that.”

Noth­ing offi­cial? “No. This is strict­ly campaign.”

In oth­er words, the White House isn’t stag­ing any events while Biden is here. He will shake the mon­ey tree on behalf of the Biden Vic­to­ry Fund and then return to the East Coast.

NPI will bring you con­tin­u­ing cov­er­age of the Pres­i­den­t’s vis­it to the PNW tomor­row and Sat­ur­day, right here on The Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate. Check back for reg­u­lar updates. 

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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