Obama will be in Seattle … but don’t expect to see him

Sep 23, 2011

President Barack Obama is coming to Seattle, but unless you’ve already forked over $38,000 or so, you’ll miss him.

However, you might be able to catch a free glimpse of Air Force One on Sunday morning as it makes its way to Boeing Field. Obama is expected to spend mere hours in and around Seattle, and while you may not see the President himself, you might feel the impact.  

President Obama will attend two campaign fundraising events in the Seattle area on Sunday, but make no public appearances. 

One hundred people are expected to brunch with the President at the Medina home of John Shirley, a former Microsoft executive. Ticket prices are steep at $36,000 per couple. Another event, still private, but less expensive, is a luncheon at the Paramount Theater in downtown Seattle. 

With no public events planned, labor and community organizations have decided to rally on the sidewalk outside the theater. Washington State Labor Council spokesman David Groves says they will be gathering at noon.

“We want him to hear from people who support his efforts to focus on jobs, as opposed to debt reduction,” Groves said. “And we want to reinforce that we support this new direction of getting people back to work.”

The President’s trip to Seattle will be a typical whirlwind affair. His motorcade will potentially snarl traffic in the late morning and early afternoon. There is also a Seahawks home game at 1:15 on Sunday. (Editor's note: Officials had originally planned to close Interstate 405 over the weekend in parts of Bellevue and Lynnwood for construction, but have since changed those plans and will not be closing those sections.)