From: Burke, Melissa [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2016 12:48 PM
To: Gabriel, Brian A. EOP/WHO
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Motorcade was rolling again at 12:00 p.m. We returned to WH at 12:14. POTUS walked into the Oval accompanied by Susan Rice and Valerie Jarrett.
Some highlights on POTUS remarks at the Veterans Day ceremony. Please check against transcript.
"Veterans Day often follows a hard-fought political campaign - an exercise in free speech and self-government that you fought for. It often lays bare disagreements across our nation. But the American instinct has never been to find isolation in opposite corners. It is to find strength in our common creed. To forge unity from our great diversity, to sustain that strength and unity even when it is hard.
"When the election is over, as we search for ways to come together, to reconnect with one another and with the principles that are more enduring than transitory politics, some of our best examples are the men and women we salute on Veterans Day.”
A theme POTUS returned to was that, whenever the world makes you cynical, look to a veteran for an example of humility and selflessness.
He said veterans are the “single most diverse institution in our nation. Soldiers, sailors, Marines and coast guardsmen who represent every corner of our country, every shade of humanity, immigrant and native born, Christian Muslim, Jew and non-believer alike, all forged in common service. That’s the example of our veterans. Patriots who when they take off their fatigues put back on the camouflage of every life of America, and become our business partners and bosses, our teachers and our coaches, our first responders, city council members, community leaders, role models, all still serving this country with a sense of duty and with valor."
POTUS spoke of a middle school student from Missouri who entered an essay contest about why vets are special. Student wrote that when he think of a veteran, I think someone who will be the first to help an elderly lady across the street and who “will defend everyone regardless of their race, age, gender, hair color or other discriminations. After eight years in office, I particularly appreciate that he included hair color," POTUS said to laughs. “That middle schooler is right. Our veterans are still the first to help, still the first to serve.”
He mentioned a few projects spearheaded by veterans in Buffalo, Tennessee and Chicago.
"Whenever the world makes you cynical, whenever you seek true humility and selflessness, look to a veteran. Look to someone like” Irving Werner. (not sure of name spelling)
Irving was born in Chicago to Russian Jewish immigrants, flew missions during WWII. When he returned home, he was walking down street on South Side when someone stopped him, thanked him for his service and handed him a ticket to see Cubs play in World Series. “It’s a good thing Irving took that ticket. Because it would be a while until his next chance.” On a June morning many years ago, one of Irving’s daughters, Carol, called to check in. Her mother told her, we can’t talk, your father’s being honored and we’re late. Daughter asked, for what? … For his heroism in the skies above Normandy 50 years ago. He had never told his children about his service. Now when his children call to check in they say, thank you for saving the world.
“It’s up to us to ask and to listen, and to tell those stories for them. … It’s up to us to make sure they always get the care they need.”
POTUS touted increased funding for veterans by almost 85 percent, and that fewer unemployed, more have access to healthcare.
“It is still a tragedy that 20 veterans a day take their own lives. We have to get them the help they need. We have to keep solving problems like long wait times at the VA, we have to keep cutting the disability claims backlog, we have to resist any effort to outsource and privatize healthcare we owe America’s veterans.” (applause)
“On Veterans Day, we acknowledge humbly that we can never serve our veterans in quite the same way that they served us, but we can try. We can practice kindness, we can pay it forward, we can volunteer, we can serve, we can respect one another. We can always get each other’s backs. That is what Veterans Day asks all of us to think about.”
On Nov 11, 2016, at 11:53 AM, Burke, Melissa wrote:
POTUS began speaking at 11:37. (recorder 13:45)
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Our veterans are still XX (19 min)
Mentioned veteran projects (Tennessee, etc)
Whenever the world makes you cynicacl, whenever you seek true humility and selflessness, look to a veteran. …
Look to (irving XX) – born in Chicago. .. flew missions during WWII. When returned home, put medals away, kept humble re service, … (20 min) was walking down street in Chicago and was handed a ticket to see cubs play in world series. … (20:30) got married, raised 4 children. …
On a june morning many years ago, anotoher one of irving’s daughters, carol, called to check in. … we can’t talk, your father’s being honored and we’re late.
For what? … for his heroism in the skies above Normandy 50 years ago. … (he had never told his children). Now ehn his children call to check in says, thank you for saving the world. (now 100?)
Whenever the world makes you cynical … whenever youdoubt - … stop to look to a veteran. (22 min)
It’s up to us to ask and to listen, and to tell those stories for them.
It’s up to us to make sure they always get the care they need. When I announced my candidacy for this office almost a decade ago. …
We’ve increased funding for veterans almost 85%. … fewer unemployed, more have access to healthcare. …
We know that not all wonnds of war are visible.
Together we began this XX.
It is still a tragedy that 20 veterans a day take their lives. We have to get them the help they need. … need to (keep working on delay in claims, wait time for care, resist efforts to privatize veterans healthcare.)
(24 min) – we can’t (honor our vets the way they’ve honored us but we can try)
We can always get each other’s backs. That is what VD asks all of us to think about. The person you pass walking down the street might not be making our nation’s uniform today, but consider that ( a year ago, a decade ago or generation ago) might have been one of those citizens (who was willing
May good bless all who served and still do. And may god bless the USA. (25 min)
Melissa Nann Burke
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