Btw, Obama waved to me as I walked from my house to Cafe Vita. He was entering Grand Central through back door.
The President arrived around 11:35 a.m. A crowd of several hundred lining 1st and Main St. in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood greeted him with cheers. The President entered the Grand Central Bakery through the kitchen and greeted seven kitchen staff members.
The President spent several minutes browsing the menu. After asking for employees' names, he said of an unspecified baked good, "This looks pretty decadent." He asked about the Skagit salad, which had berries, before settling on a half-sandwich, a small salad and a bottle of water.
After ordering, he sat down at a small table in the cafe atrium with Commerce Sec. Gary Locke, Sen. Patty Murray, Joe Fugere of Tutta Bella Neopolitan Pizzeria, Gillian Allen-White of Grand Central and Tiffany Turner of Inn at Discovery Coast in Long Beach.
"Commerce Secretary Locke and I, one of our top priorities for the last year and a half has been to help small businesses expand," Obama said, before the press was shooed away.
"Small business has been hit harder than anyone else in the recession."