President Obama comes to Seattle, will stay overnight


by KING 5 News

Posted on July 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM

The President of the United States visits Seattle for the third time this year on Tuesday.

President Barack Obama will stay overnight at a downtown Seattle hotel and depart on Wednesday morning -- something he hasn't done on his prior trips.

The president's day will begin in Portland for a fundraiser there, then Obama will arrive in Seattle Tuesday evening around 5:50 p.m. at Boeing Field.

He will be immediately whisked away to two fundraising events, expected to net around $2 million for his re-election campaign.

The visit starts with a dinner at former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal's home in the Hunts Point neighborhood on Lake Washington. The dinner will be a small, exclusive group of about 20 people who reportedly paid $36,000 per person. 

Afterward, the president will speak to a larger reception of about 200 people who paid around $5,000 per person.

Obama will overnight at a downtown Seattle hotel that has not been named. He is scheduled to fly out of Boeing Field Wednesday morning.

There are no public rallies scheduled during the visit.


The trip is expected to significantly disrupt traffic because Obama is scheduled to arrive during the evening rush hour.

The presidential motorcade is expected to drive north through Seattle from Boeing Field on I-5, then to SR 520. Drivers should anticipate a rolling closure on I-5 as the president passes, then the 520 floating bridge will be shut down to allow Obama's cars to drive across. The motorcade should exit at 84th Avenue Northeast and continue to Hunts Point.

Overall, avoid I-5 and 520 between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. To avoid the worst backups, try to leave Seattle before 5:00 p.m.

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Obama's last three trips to Seattle were:

     --May 2012 to Madrona home, Seattle Paramount Theatre

     --February 2012 to Boeing in Everett, Bellevue Westin

     --September, 2011 to Medina home, Paramount Theatre

Obama has already raised nearly $6 million in Washington state for his reelection, compared to Mitt Romney who has raised about a third of that amount in the state.

KING 5's Robert Mak, Lindsay Chamberlain contributed to this report.