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President Obama makes quick, profitable swing through Seattle

A vehicle that carried President Barack Obama is parked outside of a residence where the president was attending a fundraising event in Seattle on Tuesday, the start of a three-day West Coast trip that is planned to include at least five fundraising events in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. (AP Photo)
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President Obama's latest visit to the Seattle area was a quick one, as the President landed at Boeing Field for a whirlwind fundraising visit just after 3 p.m. Tuesday and was gone just five hours later.

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The president stopped at Boeing Field for about 10 minutes to shake hands, take photos, and hold a baby.

Washington politicians including Gov. Jay Inslee joined him in an SUV to drive in a motorcade to his first event. The governor's office said he was asked to brief the president on the state's massive wildfires.

The 520 bridge was closed to traffic while Obama's motorcade made its way from Madrona to the Eastside for a second fundraising event.

The Puget Sound Business Journal reports he was at the Madrona home of Democratic donors Bruce and Ann Blume.

KING TV reports a group of about 40 people stood on the lawn near the driveway protesting Israel's actions in Gaza, chanting and holding signs that read "Save Gaza," "End the occupation Mr. President, stop funding apartheid.

About 250 attendees reportedly paid between $500 to $20,000 to attend the event, a DNC official told the Seattle Times.

Obama then traveled to the Hunts Point home of former Costco CEO Jim

Following his Seattle stop, Obama continued his DNC fundraising trip to San Francisco and L.A.'s Stephanie Klein contributed to this report.

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Chris Sullivan is a traffic reporter for KIRO Radio 97.3 FM. He cares deeply about the amount of time you spend sitting in Seattle traffic.


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