The president is in Seattle overnight Friday to raise money for Gov. Jay Inslee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). He is set to fly back to Washington, D.C., Saturday morning.

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READ THE STORY: Obama breezes through Seattle for key Democratic fundraisers


What you need to know:

  • President Obama landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday afternoon for two political fundraisers. He is staying overnight in downtown Seattle.
  • The events were not open to the public.
  • Expect rolling road closures throughout the area until he leaves Saturday morning. Due to security reasons, Obama’s routes are not made public.
  • Transit delays are expected to begin at 10 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Update, 10:20 p.m.

The presidential motorcade has made it back to the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle from Medina. Obama is set to fly back to Washington, D.C., Saturday morning.

Update, 9:35 p.m.

Obama’s final private, fundraising event has ended and the motorcade is heading back to Seattle.

The president spoke for a just under 15 minutes at the dinner for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) at the Medina home of Steve and Heather Singh. Steve Singh is CEO of Concur Technologies, the Bellevue-based company that sells travel and expense management services.

The president opened his remarks by acknowledging the event’s guests, including DCCC Chair Ben Ray Lujan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the whom the president saluted with a sober, demure affect. He called Pelosi his ally, friend and confidante who “occasionally whipped me into shape.”

Dinner guests appeared to be eating salmon and drinking a bottle from Seattle’s Cadence Winery. Ticket prices for the fundraiser ranged from $10,000 to $66,800 per couple.

Other guests included Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, Microsoft President Brad Smith, Zumiez founder Tom Campion and former Gov. Gary Locke.

The president’s current Seattle visit is part of a West Coast trip that began Thursday and included the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in California, a conference for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Obama said in his remarks at the dinner that the summit had made him hopeful for the future of the world. The trip, though, he said, was against the “backdrop of Brexit.”

Also, in the speech, Obama brought up Donald Trump, without mentioning his name, and lamented the time after the first legislative session in which Democrats no longer held the majority in the House.

“When Nancy Pelosi was no longer Speaker, we got government shutdowns and dysfunction,” the president said. “Unfortunately, this gets reported as Washington not working. It’s not Washington not working. It is a party that has decided that their approach to maintain power is to make sure that Washington does not work …”

Obama also criticized Republicans for their denial of climate change and for blocking gun-control measures in the wake of the Orlando massacre, among other things.

The Q-and-A portion of the event was not open to media. As officials started ushering the reporters out, Obama said of the press:

“I saw them out there, they looked like they were having a good time.”

Update, 7:46 p.m.

The president has wrapped up his speech at the fundraiser in downtown Seattle to benefit Gov. Inslee. He’s now heading to Medina for a private dinner at the home of Steve and Heather Singh for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other high-profile leaders are expected to attend.


Update, 7:25 p.m.

Protesters demanding an end to shipments of crude oil on Washington railroad lines interrupted the president’s remarks.

“Can I go on now?” the president said.

Earlier this month, an oil train derailed and caught fire in the Columbia River Gorge on tracks passing through Mosier, Ore., which led to the evacuation of about 100 people from a nearby mobile-home park. The town also experienced disruption in its water and sewage systems, forcing some to boil their drinking water the day after the incident. The feds have blamed Union Pacific Railroad for not maintaining the tracks.


Update, 7:15 p.m.

Taking the stage at the convention center to an ovation and shouts of “We love you,” Obama started his speech with a mention of his mother, who at one point lived on Mercer Island, and jokingly taking a jab at Inslee’s basketball skills.

“I do sometimes feel the spirit of my mother here,” the president said.


Update, 6:55 p.m.

Gov. Inslee is now speaking to a crowd of thousands at the Washington State Convention Center for the private fundraising event to benefit his re-election campaign. Obama will speak soon.

“Tonight, I could not be happier,” the governor said. “I’m here with 3,000 of my closest friends.”


Update, 6:15 p.m.

After attending the event to benefit Gov. Inslee in Seattle soon, Obama will head to Medina for a private fundraising dinner at the home of Steve and Heather Singh for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), according to a DCCC aid. Steve Singh is CEO of Concur Technologies, the Bellevue-based company that sells travel and expense management services.

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Medina) is co-hosting the event, which House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Lujan, Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Gig Harbor) and Rep. Denny Heck (D-Olympia) will also attend.

Ticket prices range from $10,000 to $66,800 per couple.


Update, 4:30 p.m.

The presidential motorcade made a 20-minute trip from the airport to downtown’s Westin Hotel, traveling Seattle streets and past the homes of some Seahawks and Mariners players. Onlookers lined the roadways, most of whom took pictures and videos with their phones.

A group of protesters against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, alongside others demanding an end to shipments of crude oil on Washington railroad lines, held a demonstration near the area.

Around 4:15 p.m., Gov. Jay Inslee’s office sent a news release to media, announcing that he has met with federal railroad authorities to discuss the oil-train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge earlier this month. The governor is seeking to temporarily halt Bakken crude-oil trains until new safety measures are enacted, the release says.

Obama arrived at the hotel shortly before 4:15 p.m., hours before he is scheduled to speak at a private political fundraiser at the Washington State Convention Center for Gov. Inslee’s re-election campaign. Tickets for the event started at $250.


Update, 3:51 p.m.

President Obama landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport around 3:30 p.m. After stepping off Air Force One, he spoke a few minutes with Gov. Jay Inslee, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Brian Cladoosby, chair of the Swinomish tribe and president of the National Congress of American Indians.

Inslee said they talked about “exciting transportation work” going on here, including Sound Transit 3, a $54 billion, 25-year program to extend light rail and other services across the region. Murray said he also spoke with the president about the June 12 massacre in Orlando.

Obama was greeted by a small, enthusiastic crowd of invited onlookers, to whom the president flashed huge grins. Standing behind concrete barriers, at one point, he held a toddler. The president also shook hands with some, including Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole.

By 3:50, Obama had boarded his motorcade and it was entering an Interstate 5 onramp, heading northbound to Seattle.

He is expected to head downtown, causing temporary road closures for Friday evening commuters. Follow the Seattle Department of Transportation on Twitter (@seattleDOT) or the police blotter for live updates on closures. King County Metro (@kcmetrobus) posts alerts on transit route changes and delays.

Update, 3:25 p.m.

The president is expected to land at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport soon.


Update, 2:15 p.m.

Former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and other protesters plan to march at 4 p.m. from Westlake Center to the convention center where President Obama will attend a fundraiser for Gov. Jay Inslee. The protesters are demanding an end to shipments of crude oil on Washington railroad lines, according to a statement.

The president of the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters had urged Inslee to halt oil transport through the state.

Update, 12:52 p.m.

Traffic won’t be pretty this weekend — and it’s not just because of the president’s visit. The Washington State Department of Transportation’s social media team didn’t skip a beat to illustrate just how much is going on. It’s so bad that it’s actually good?

Update, 11:45 a.m.

Traffic was gridlocked downtown near street closures surrounding the Westin Hotel ahead of President Obama’s visit.

Update, 10:45 a.m.

President Obama is visiting the Seattle region Friday through Saturday morning for two political fundraisers. Motorists can expect significant traffic delays, coinciding with Pride events, as the president’s motorcade travels throughout the area.

Obama is expected to land at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Friday afternoon, then could end up at the Westin Hotel, where Seattle police plan to close several blocks around the hotel.

Obama will attend a fundraising dinner for Gov. Jay Inslee’s re-election campaign this evening at the Washington State Convention Center, where city officials say garage parking will be limited. On-street parking throughout downtown, they say, will be restricted.

The president is scheduled to attend a second fundraiser tonight at a private residence to benefit the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The location and other details of that event have not been disclosed.

The president is set to fly back to Washington, D.C., Saturday morning.