When the mural at 12th and John’s recent transformation began, we speculated about President Obama’s scheduled trip to Seattle this week that will bring him to our city for one day on primary election day, Tuesday, August 17th. CHS has learned that Obama will, indeed, be making an appearance somewhere within the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with planning around the president’s visit to Seattle. UPDATE: CHS has details of the visit to our area. See UPDATE below.
Original report: We have not yet confirmed the location of his appearance. While he might stop by the Patty Murray campaign offices across I-5 on Mercer Street, that building falls outside the East Precinct’s bounds (marked by the red box in the attached map).
Earlier this week, the president announced a last minute change for his itinerary for his Seattle visit. He’ll skip a downtown meeting of insurance industry bigwigs and, instead, will attend an event where White House staffers say he will “talk about strengthening the economy and creating jobs for the families and businesses of Washington State” at an appearance with Senator Murray as the August primary votes are readied for tally for her run for re-election.
There is also the promise of a lunch with Obama so maybe include Oddfellows Cafe or Rancho Bravo in the president’s stop list for the day.
Another possible — but unlikely — stop could be 13th Ave. Obama briefly lived on Capitol Hill as an infant in 1961 while his mother attended classes at the University of Washington. Some of the “birther” conspiracy theorists say that period of Obama’s life is a fiction, by the way. But we’ve met a woman who can prove she was there in ’61 and says she was baby Barack’s babysitter. We’ll take her word for it.
More likely is a public building like Garfield High’s Quincy Jones Auditorium or a large institution like Seattle University.
UPDATE: And more likely still, as dug up in the comments below, the tony home of a Seattle tech exec on the shores of Lake Washington.
Obama will indeed be lunching in the East Precinct but it will be at the Madrona home of RealNetworks founder Rob Glaser near Viretta Park.