SEATTLE -- Air Force One arrived at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport right on time for President Barack Obama to head off to two private Democratic Party events on Sunday evening.
The president waved and walked off the plane to a waiting limousine. He left the airport minutes after his plane touched down into a beautiful pink and purple sunset.
He was due for his first event around 5 p.m. in the Shoreline neighborhood north of Seattle and then was headed across Lake Washington to Seattle's eastern suburbs for a second fundraiser.
The first will be at the North Seattle home of Tom Campion, the co-founder of clothing chain Zumiez. The second fundraiser is at the Medina home of former Microsoft executive Jon Shirley.
No public events have been announced.
"Nothing charges people up like a presidential visit, it creates tremendous excitement," said Paul Berendt, who is a former chairman of the Washington State Democratic Party.
During his 12 years in that position, Berendt went through his share of presidential visits. During this one, he expects a lot of talk about healthcare reform and The Affordable Care Act.
"This has really been a critical state for healthcare reform, we have a successful exchange in this state, and I suspect Obama is going to focus on the success of his program here," he said.
The president was scheduled to depart at 8:50 a.m. Monday, also from Sea-Tac.
The airspace above SeaTac was shut down during Air Force One's landing Sunday afternoon and will again be shut down for takeoff on Monday morning. That means about 20 commercial flights arriving and departing during those time periods could see delays.
The last time a President flew out of SeaTac Airport was President Bush, back in 2007.