On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, President Barack Obama is set to visit Seattle for a Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraiser. According to The Seattle Times, this stop is a part of a West Coast 'fundraising spree'. As proven in history, the political player with the biggest pocketbook usually gets the vote. So Obama is doing his part to bring in big dollars for his party before in light of the looming midterm elections scheduled for November.
Familiar faces to the commander-in-chief will host the event. Bruce and Ann Blume - developers - are opening up the doors to their Madrona neighborhood home to donators. If this affair is similar to the one held by the Blume's two years ago, attendees must pay $35,800 per couple for entry. Yet, the high price for a plate doesn't seem to be a concern for locals. Instead, it's the traffic.
Named one of 10 U.S. Cities With The Worst Gridlock by Forbes, the traffic build-up likely to be caused by President Barack Obama's arrival is what worries most Seattle residents. Commuters won't be able to get in or out of the city without running into congestion. Unfortunately, this difficulty will be compounded by a week-long shutdown of I-90. Transportation officials expect 10-mile backups.
As result, next Tuesday, when Obama is shuttling to the Blume's mansion for an unforgettable meal, locals will be searching for alternative routes home or possibly just waiting for the long lines of cars to dissipate while chatting it up with co-workers at a nearby Starbucks.