From: Sarah Wheaton [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2015 04:24 PM
To: Allen, Jessica L. EOP/WHO
Subject: in-town pool 4a - Veto history and color
First things first: White House notes that Pres. Obama has indeed vetoed a bill with a ceremony: On March 31, 2015, he vetoed a resolution of disapproval of a National Labor Relations Board bill on a certain type of union election.
Today, Obama sat alone at his desk in the Oval Office, holding a pen in his left hand the entire time he spoke to the pool, with what was apparently a copy of the bill before him. Selected quotes, which should be checked against the transcript:
"As president and commander in chief, my first and most important responsibility is keeping the American people safe. And that means that we make sure that our mil is properly funded…”
The bill “does a number of good things,” including “makes sure that our military is funded,” adds “important revisions” to the retirement system and new cybersecurity measures.
“Unfortunately it falls woefully short in key areas.”
No. 1: keeps in place the sequester and “resorts to gimmicks that has not allowed the pentagon to do what it needs to do”
No. 2: “prevents wide range of reforms that are necessary for us to get our military modernized.”
“We have repeatedly put forward a series of reforms” i.e. programs to be cut. “Congress keeps on stuffing ‘em back in.”
“We end up wasting money”
No. 3: “This legislation specifically impedes our ability to close Guantanamo in a way that I have repeatedly argued is counterproductive to our efforts to defeat terrorism around the world.” The facility has become one of the“premier mechanisms” for recruitment for terrorists.
“I’m going to be vetoing this authorization bill, I’m going to be sending it back to Congress, and my message to them is very simple: let’s do this right. We’re in the midst of budget discussions. Let’s have a budget that properly funds our national security as well as economic security, let’s make sure that we’re able in a constructive way to reform our military spending to make it sustainable over the long term, and let’s make sure that in a responsible way we can draw down populations in Guantanamo, make sure the American people are safe and make sure that we’re not providing the kinds of recruitment tools to terrorists that are so dangerous.”
With that, he signed the document.
“Here you go, all good?” he said after he signed it, and pool departed.
White House Reporter