FW: In town pool 3

From: Benjamin Wolfgang [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2015 12:06 PM
To: Barnes, Desiree N.; Velz, Peter
Subject: In town pool 3

Please check all quotes against transcript. Remarks were streamed live, but just a couple highlights.

Most notably, POTUS flubbed Connecticut Gov. Malloy's name, instead crediting former Maryland Gov. O'Malley for the work he's done in Connecticut helping prisoners rejoin their communities.

"In Connecticut, Gov. O'Malley announced his Second Chance Society, a plan to help former prisoners rejoin their communities. We want to be a partner in those efforts. That's what the American people expect."

Gov. Malloy smiled after the mistake.

Beyond that, a pretty newsless affair.

POTUS opened with a joke —  "The only thing more glamorous than a black-tie dinner with Hall and Oates is a Q-and-A with Obama and Biden."

He touted the "breakthrough year" for the U.S., citing positive jobs numbers. "America is as well positioned as we've been in a very long time," he said. He added that "Middle class economics is what works."

He credited states for a variety of efforts: He specifically thanked Washington Gov. Inslee (and Labor Secretary Perez) for helping to resolve the West Coast port dispute.

POTUS also mentioned Oklahoma Gov Fallin and her state's efforts on early childhood education. He singled out Georgia Gov. Deal for giving judges more flexibility to move away from mandatory minimum sentences. And the aforementioned Second Chance Society in Connecticut.

POTUS used the speech to call on Congress to fund DHS.

"As governors, you know we can't afford to play politics with our national security," he said.

Before POTUS delivered his remarks, VP Biden spoke for just under 10 minutes, saying governors are "getting things done" and are "used to being held accountable." He also called the room full of governors the "single best hope for the political process."

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Ben Wolfgang

White House Reporter

The Washington Times

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