Spin Control

Obama heading for Seattle neighborhood

SEATTLE -- The streets of the Wedgewood neighborhood in northeast Seattle are lined with people hoping to catch a glimpse or a photo of President Barack Obama, who is scheduled to hold a backyard discussion here shortly after 10 a.m.

Parents have children in patio chairs and Halloween costumes in front of houses decorated with jack o'lanterns. On Interstate 5 heading toward the area, however, protestors are holding a sign saying "Lost Jobs" with the first "o" the Obama 2008 logo.

Obama has two stops in Seattle today. The backyard discussion on women and the economy, which will take about an hour, and a rally  for Sen. Patty Murray at the Hec Edmundson Pavillion on University of Washington campus.

He apparently made an unplanned stop in downtown, Seattle, too, at a donut shop.

Republican challenger Dino Rossi has an event, too, after Obama leaves town. He'll hold a press conference denouncing earmarks, the federal spending he's been hammering Murray for using to bring federal funds to Washington.

Organizers just asked the 30 or so people in the damp backyard of Erik and Cynnie Foss to take their seats because Obama is appare

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