President Obama planned to visit Oso on Tuesday as the community marks a month since the devastating landslide.
Air Force One was scheduled to land at Everett's Paine Field around 12:30 p.m. From there, the president will either fly or motorcade to the landslide zone.
"But he's not just going to see a mudslide. He's going to see mountains of volunteerism and mountains of compassion and I think he'll get a good flavor of that talking to the citizens of the Stillaguamish Valley," Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday.
The President planned to meet with families of landslide victims, as well as first responders.
Outside the Oso Community Chapel On Monday, volunteers raced against time.
Since the day the slide hit, people like Damon Binder have been helping out in whatever way they can. On monday that meant some finishing touches before President Obama arrives.
"Now he can see the progress that we're making... he can actually see what this community does,” said Binder
The President will have a private meeting inside the chapel with families who lost loved ones in the slide.
Even in rural Snohomish County - a place known for more conservative politics - partisanship has been put on hold.
"It's a fairly conservative place, you're right, but he's our president nonetheless... he's the President of everybody," said Gail Blacker.
Blacker knows people who lost their lives and homes in the slide. And while some on social media have been critical of the president not visiting sooner, Blacker says now is the right time.
"If he'd come sooner... it probably would have gotten in the way of the recovery and stuff,” she said.
When the Oso chapel was built, Woodrow Wilson was president. Then, and even up until the slide hit, no one would have imagined a president walking through the front door.
"I don't think there's anybody here who doesn't recognize that... and isn't a little bit excited that he's coming," said Blacker.
Obama is making the brief stop in Washington as he heads to Asia for an eight-day trip to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Meanwhile, two more victims of the Washington mudslide have been identified, and the missing list is down to two.
The Snohomish County medical examiner's office released the names Tuesday of 52-year-old Steven D. Harris and 53-year-old Teresa C. Harris. Like the rest of the 41 victims they died of multiple blunt force injuries in the March 22 landslide that buried homes in the town of Oso, about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.
The Harrises lived in Edmonds and spent weekends at their cabin on the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River.
Two names remain on the Snohomish County sheriff's list of the missing. They are 53-year-old Steve Hadaway who was in Oso making an installation for DISH Network, and 44-year-old Kris Regelbrugge, whose husband's body has already been recovered.