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She could have said ‘My dad does not approve this message’

Madeleine McKenna, president of the University of Washington student body and daughter of Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna, led off the ceremonies welcoming President Obama to UW and saluted “two great leaders,” Obama and Murray.

Her politics differ a bit from her dad’s.

“We’re going to send Patty Murray back to the Senate,” she told the crowd.

She said UW students would help “prove the cynics wrong” who say the youth voters who turned out for Obama in 2008 would stay home this year.


Business owners join Obama in backyard

Here are the details on the backyard chat this morning with President Obama.

Obama’s message today is promoting the effects of his policies on women, coinciding with the release of his administration’s report on the subject, highlighting laws like the so-called Fair Pay Act and elements of the stimulus bill that affect women.

So there will be a couple of women business owners in the backyard: Jody Hall, who employs 85 people at Seattle’s Cupcake Royale, and Christina Lomasney, CEO of metals manufacturer Modumetal, with 25 employees.

The gathering is hosted by the Foss family: Erik Foss, a general

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Protest signs from both sides

Out front of Hec Edmundson Pavillion, protest signs are few and far between.

There are a few. From the right, there’s “The tennis shoe socialist Pork Patty must go.”

From the left, it’s “Defund war” and “Obama stop FBI raids on peace activists.”

There’s a cheerier crowd inside. The mostly-full, 10,000-seat stadium was doing the wave a few minutes ago. Now the crowd is clapping along to a gospel choir.


Crowd awaits Obama, who’s on a donut run

Hec Edmundson Pavilion is filling up with a crowd that is waiting for the arrival of President Barack Obama.

A line stretches for blocks around the University of Washington campus to see Obama’s rally for Sen. Patty Murray. The audience is flowing into the stands and there’s also a standing room crowd covering a good portion of the basketball court. The court is covered up by carpet, so no scuffing.

Obama won’t be here for a little while. He has a backyard chat to attend, and first he stopped off at a donut shop, according to this pool report:


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Attending or avoiding: President Obama in Seattle Thursday

President Barack Obama is in Seattle tonight and Thursday for a campaign stop for Sen. Patty Murray. Whether you want to see him or avoid the traffic mess, here’s what you need to know:

RALLY INFO: President Obama will appear at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion, 3870 Montlake Blvd NE, on the University of Washington campus at 11 a.m. Thursday. The rally is free and open to the public. Admittance to will be on a first-come, first-served basis; overflow space will be provided. To RSVP, click here. With parking limited and thousands expected, participants are encouraged to take King

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Obama will stop for a backyard chat in Seattle

Before heading to a rally for Sen. Patty Murray Thursday morning at the University of Washington, President Barack Obama will make one of his backyard visits.

Ahead of the election, Obama has been meeting with selected voters around the country in their backyards.

The one in the Seattle area will be a discussion on women and the economy, according to the White House, which plans to issue a report on how its policies and the recession are affecting women.

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Obama to stump for Murray Oct. 21 in Seattle

Just more than two months after his last visit on her behalf, President Barack Obama will return to Seattle Oct. 21 to stump for Sen. Patty Murray‘s re-election campaign.

This time the public, not just campaign donors, can hear what he has to say.

From the Murray campaign’s news release:

Seattle, WA – United States Senator Patty Murray will welcome President Barack Obama back to Washington state for a Get Out the Vote Rally on the University of Washington campus in Seattle on Thursday, October 21st.  The rally will be free and open to the public.

“President Obama has been

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Murray welcoming Obama’s election day visit

WASHINGTON – As opposed to some candidates, Sen. Patty Murray says she’s excited that President Obama is coming to Washington state.

In an interview today, Murray said the president will likely do a public event in the Seattle-area and attend a fundraiser for her during his Aug. 17 visit. That happens to be primary day in the state.

Murray said she has plenty to talk with president about and would like to show him even more but time won’t permit it. She said she wants especially to speak with the president about funding to clean up the Hanford nuclear reservation

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