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November 24, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Update: Obama says he’s ‘optimistic about the future’ at Eastside fundraiser

Update | 9 p.m.

President Obama arrived at the Westin Seattle Hotel around 8:55 p.m., ending his evening of fundraising in the Puget Sound.

The president had left the Medina fundraiser about 15 minutes earlier, driving past dozens of people who had stayed to watch the motorcade leave.

Obama is scheduled to leave Sea-Tac at 8:50 a.m. Monday, heading for fundraisers around Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Update | 8:45 p.m.

At the second fundraiser of the evening, Obama spoke about poiltics, policy and the Pacific Northwest in a large room that resembled a museum gallery, with modern art paintings on the walls, sculptures on the floors and mobiles hanging from the ceiling.

Obama told the roughly 60 attendees that he’s “incredibly optimistic about the future,” citing reduce oil imports, health care progress and the return of manufacturing to America.

The president said he’s “pretty pragmatic” and will work with Republicans whenever possible. But “those opportunities have been few and far between,” he said.

Obama also spoke of the “spectacular” view of Mount Rainier while landing at Sea-Tac.

“You’ve got a good thing going here and it’s not just the Seahawks,” he said.

Also in attendance: Gov. Jay Inslee, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and three Democratic members of Washington’s congressional delegation: Rick Larsen, Suzan DelBene and Derek Kilmer.

The president is now headed to Seattle, where he’s expected to stay the night at the Westin hotel before heading to California for more fundraisers.

For more: Check out our photo gallery, read our preview story and follow reporters Jim Brunner, Lornet Turnbull and Steve Miletich on Twitter.

Update | 8 p.m.

Obama is speaking now with attendees at his second fundraiser of the evening, in Medina.

He is expected to stay the night in the Seattle area before attending similar fundraisers Monday in California.

A crowd greets President Obama's motorcade as it arrives outside the Medina home of Jon Shirley. (Photo by Marcus Yam/The Seattle Times)

A crowd greets President Obama’s motorcade as it arrives outside the Medina home of Jon Shirley. (Photo by Marcus Yam/The Seattle Times)

Update | 6:40 p.m.

Obama has left the first fundraiser and is now headed to a second at the Medina home of former Microsoft executive Jon Shirley.

That $16,200-per-person dinner and cocktail reception, to benefit the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), also will feature House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and DCCC Chairman Steve Israel, D-N.Y., according to an invitation.

Update | 5:38 p.m.

More than 150 protesters and onlookers awaited Obama as he pulled into his first fundraiser — at the North Seattle home of Sonya and Tom Campion — at about 5:15 p.m.

Most of the protesters were focused on the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, chanting things like “Hey, Obama, we don’t want your pipeline drama.”

The Obama administration will decide the fate of the proposed pipeline, which would ship crude oil from Canada and the northern United States to refineries in the south. An environmental impact statement is expected soon.

The protesters also appeared interested in foreign policy issues; one held a sign saying “How many more drones?”

Obama is scheduled to attend a $20,000-per-person “discussion” at the Campions before heading to a second fundraiser Medina.

President Obama's motorcade arrives for a private fundraiser amidst hundreds of spectators and anti-Keystone XL protesters near the home of North Seattle business owner Tom Campion. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

President Obama’s motorcade arrives for a private fundraiser amidst hundreds of spectators and anti-Keystone XL protesters near the home of North Seattle business owner Tom Campion. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Update | 4:25 p.m.

Air Force One has landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

After landing at around 4:15 p.m, Obama waved at the crowd and paused a few moments. Then he appeared to look at Mount Rainier and say “wow.”

The president was on the road by 4:30 p.m., heading toward a fundraiser at the North Seattle home of Sonya and Tom Campion.

President Obama arrives at Seatle-Tacoma International Airport on Sunday. (Photo by Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)

President Obama arrives at Seatle-Tacoma International Airport on Sunday. (Photo by Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)

Original post | 3:36 p.m.

Seattle police are getting ready for President Obama’s visit to the Seattle area to attend two fundraisers, one in North Seattle and the other on the Eastside in Medina.

Both are at private homes and there are no events planned for the general public.

However, the public is sure to affected by street closures and other measures being taken by law-enforcement agencies.

A police officer knocks on the door of a home to ask the residents to move their vehicle so police can fit a large SWAT van on the side of the road across the street from the residence off Third Avenue Northwest several hours before a private fundraiser on Sunday.   (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / Seattle Times)

A police officer knocks on the door of a home to ask the residents to move their vehicle so police can fit a large SWAT van on the side of the road across the street from the residence off Third Avenue Northwest. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / Seattle Times)

Comments | Topics: President Obama, Seattle visit


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