Obama's first stop Thursday is at private home in Seattle
Air Force One touched down at Boeing Field at 9:22 p.m. on Wednesday night. President Obama is returning to Washington state for the second time this campaign season to stump for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
Seattle Times staff
President Obama is in Washington state and Thursday morning he is set to discuss economic issues facing women on a visit to a private home in Northeast Seattle.
He is then scheduled to appear at 11 a.m. at the University of Washington’s Edmundson Pavilion on Montlake Boulevard Northeast next to Husky Stadium.
Doors there will open at 9 a.m. People planning to attend were asked to RSVP to the Murray campaign.
King County Metro Transit has recommended that those attending the rally take buses because more than 15,000 people are expected.
Metro said more than 15 bus routes travel to or near the UW campus and the University District. To find a route, go towww.kingcounty.gov/tripplanner.
Freeway delays are expected when Obama leaves in the early afternoon after the UW event.
During the president’s visit, only one Metro bus route will see changes. Route 70 will bypass its regular stop at Sixth Avenue and Virginia Street in Seattle.
While some of the details of Obama’s visit to Seattle on Thursday are being kept under wraps, the Seattle Department of Transportation is warning of possible traffic slowdowns.
City streets near his downtown Seattle hotel could be affected; however, the name of the hotel has not been announced.
During the presidential visit, the Federal Aviation Administration has established restricted airspace around Seattle.
The president's plane touched down at Boeing Field at 9:22 p.m. on Wednesday.
He has returned to the state for the second time this election season to campaign U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
The president was met by more than a dozen dignitaries, including Gov. Chris Gregoire, as he left the plane. After greeting them, he trotted over to chat and shake hands for a few minutes with a group of about 90 supporters behind a barrier.
Murray’s re-election bid has benefited from several appearances by big-name Democrats.
Former President Clinton stopped in Everett to support the incumbent on Monday. Vice President Joseph Biden held a Murray rally at the UW’s Tacoma campus two weeks ago. First lady Michelle Obama will visit next week.
Republican Dino Rossi is challenging Murray.
Immediately before arriving in Seattle, Obama was in Portland to campaign for gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber, and he will head to California to do the same for Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer after he leaves Seattle.
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