• What to know about President Obama's Seattle visit

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    SEATTLE - President Barack Obama visited Seattle Friday to attend fundraisers for Gov. Jay Inslee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

    See real-time updates from the president's visit, by clicking here. Scroll down for traffic impacts.

    Here's what to know about his visit: 

    Air Force One landed at 3:30 Sea-Tac Airport.

    About ten minutes later, Obama emerged from the aircraft. He was greeted by Gov. Jay Inslee; Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Dow Constantine, County Executive of King County; and Brian Cladoosby, president, National Congress of American Indians.

    After sharing a somewhat lengthy exchange with the four men, Obama made his way to the viewing pen. He shook hands with a police officer and greeted a tiny baby adorned in a pink headband. 

    Obama is greeted by Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington, right, Ed Murray, Mayor of Seattle, Dow Constantine, King County Executive, and Brian Cladoosby, President, National Congress of American Indians. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times via AP, Pool)
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    The presidential motorcade arrived the Westin at 4:11 p.m. after a 20-minute ride through the streets of Seattle.

    The White House says the president was to speak just before 7 p.m. at the Inslee event at the Washington State Convention Center downtown.

    >> Read here about President Obama raising money for Gov. Inslee.

    After Seattle Inslee fundraising event, Obama went to the Medina home of Steve and Heather Singh for a DCCC dinner fundraiser, per a DCCC aide.

    Steve Singh is the CEO of Concur Technologies.

    Obama attended a DCCC event later in the evening. He left from Sea-Tac Airport on Saturday morning.


    KIRO 7 News will be sending alerts for when the president's motorcade closes streets. Stay updated and out of bad traffic by downloading our app here. 

    You will also be able to watch his arrival and his speech at the convention center on our real-time updates page here. 


    Traffic impacts

    Travelers in and around Seattle expected delays on city streets, especially in downtown, and rolling slowdowns on area highways as the president and his motorcade travels.

    To see streets that where impacted when he arrived at Sea-Tac on Friday afternoon scroll down, or click here.

    Some downtown streets, arterials and some freeway on and off-ramps were subject to intermittent closures. 

    For security purposes, law enforcement agencies will create a security zone in the vicinity of the Westin Hotel.  

    Seattle police have posted this map of the downtown streets most likely to be affected. Click here for a larger version.     

    Seattle police have posted this map of the downtown streets most likely to be affected. They are between Lenora and Olive, 4th and 7th Avenues.
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    The United States Secret Service says vehicle access to the area bounded by Olive St., 7th Avenue, Lenora St and 4th Avenue will be limited to 5th Avenue between Lenora and Virginia and on Stewart between 6th and 7th Avenue.

    Commuters were encouraged to use public transit or park outside the area and walk in. People entering the area should expect delays and additional security screening

    Drivers were told to expect parking restrictions near the security zone and the Washington State Convention Center. The South Lake Union Streetcar continued to operate, but the stop at the Westlake Hub at McGraw Square remained closed. Information about Metro Transit reroutes can be found at:  http://metro.kingcounty.gov/alerts/

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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