The President of the United States left Seattle Wednesday after an evening of fundraisers in Bellevue's Hunts Point neighborhood.
His departure caused just as many traffic problems as it did when he arrived the day before.
Police blocked off the route President Obama took from Bellevue to Boeing Field -- I-405 southbound to I-90 westbound, then I-5 southbound.
The route was unknown until about 30 minutes before Obama left the Bellevue Hilton, trapping some drivers already on the road.
Security was tighter compared to the president's previous departures from Seattle. At the request of the Secret Service, all Washington State Department of Transportation cameras along the route were blacked out, preventing anyone from seeing the presidential motorcade.
WSDOT officials said agents asked at 6:30 p.m. the night before, and that type of request has never been made before.
Traffic jams built on all three freeways as a result of the closures. Even after Washington State Patrol troopers reopened them, backups continued.
Air Force One took off from Boeing Field around 9:40 a.m., just a few minutes behind schedule.
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This was Obama's third trip to Seattle in 2012, and his fourth since September of last year.
Tuesday night's fundraisers were held at former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal’s home in the Hunts Point. An exclusive reception cost $36,000 to attend, followed by a larger reception costing about $5,000 per person.
KING 5's Lindsay Chamberlain and Natasha Ryan contributed to this report.