Presidential postscript: West Seattleite met with President Obama

So it turns out there was a major West Seattle connection to yesterday’s presidential visit beyond The Big Booms. From the “we’re embarrassed we didn’t know this earlier” department, a longtime WSB’er e-mailed tonight to point out that Gillian Allen-White, the Grand Central Bakery co-owner who hosted President Obama’s mini-business roundtable in Pioneer Square yesterday, is a West Seattleite – co-president of the Sanislo Elementary School PTA, in fact. She is at the president’s left in the video above, and there’s a photo on (WSB partner) tonight, with a story by food writer Nancy Leson, who followed up with Allen-White to get the lowdown on what the president ordered for lunch while there.

7 Replies to "Presidential postscript: West Seattleite met with President Obama"

  • Glenda August 18, 2010 (9:38 pm)

    Gillian Allen-White, if you read this, two things.

    #1 I noticed you just opened a branch in Burien. That’s cool but how about some West Seattle love?

    #2 I’m a longtime fan of the Pioneer Square branch for lunch. But invariably I’ll get my food WAY before my friend or vice versa even when we order together. Sometimes almost a meal worth of time elapses. Can you fix that?

    Otherwise, love your restaurant and baked goods (especially the Irish Soda Bread) Congrats!

  • GenHillOne August 18, 2010 (9:53 pm)

    Holy inappropriate timing, Batman.

    What a great experience; congrats!

  • WSC August 19, 2010 (6:52 am)

    Did he say G – Gillian? I thought it was Gillian as in J – Jill – Gillian. Regardless, Gillian’s support for dear one is just one more reason *not* to support Grand Central.

  • cmc August 19, 2010 (11:15 am)

    WSC, you must not know her then. Don’t make up things to criticize Obama about. Her name is pronounced with a hard G. He said it correctly.

  • Carson August 19, 2010 (11:20 am)

    I am going to meet my wife for lunch there today, anyone else want to join us?

  • DaveB August 19, 2010 (1:21 pm)

    Gillian is also the mother of one of the boys featured in this post from January:

  • Alkira August 21, 2010 (10:27 am)

    Love Obama! Love Grand Central Bakery!

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