No sign of the enthusiasm gap on the streets outside:
I can hear the sidewalk-standers cheering, and hear the motorcade pulling up. In the front row in this back yard: Governor Gregoire, Mayor McGinn, and Congressman McDermott. (Nearby: a couple very Seattle compost bins.) And just walking in: Senator Murray and, presumably, the president shortly...
Word among the press pool is that Obama made an unscheduled stop at the downtown Top Pot donuts on his way here. No word on whether it was glazed, old fashioned, or sprinkles.
DONUT UPDATE: From pool reporter Jim Brunner of the Seattle Times:
The president made a surprise visit this a.m. to Top Pot Donuts on 5th Ave near the Westin hotel. Obama ordered two boxes of donuts. "Who wants a little sample here" he said, munching on what appeared to be an old fashioned glazed. "You can't eat these everyday," he said. He worked the small crowd inside, also dashed across street under the monorail shake hands with crowd there. Motorcade zoomed off at 9:35. Now approaching Ravenna area where he'll do backyard chat. Kids lined street at Nathan Eckstein school to cheer and wave.