From: Jordan Fabian
Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 3:26 PM
To: Gabriel, Brian A. EOP/WHO; Rutherford, Sarah D. EOP/WHO
Subject: In-town pool report #2a - bill signing remarks
After a heartfelt introduction from David Grubb, who lost his daughter to an overdose earlier this year, POTUS and VPOTUS took the stage at 2:54 PM.
Both men embraced Grubb and his wife, Kate.
"It's a lousy club," the vice president, whose son Beau died of cancer, told the Grubbs. "But we're proud of you. We're all proud of you."
POTUS, arms crossed, stood at VPOTUS' right as he spoke.
VP Biden wrapped up his remarks at 3:02 PM and received a standing ovation from the packed crowd inside the (very hot) South Court Auditorium.
POTUS then took the lectern.
"This is a celebration worth having," President Obama said of the $6.3B measure's signing.
He described the bill, part of which provides funding for the VP's cancer moonshot, as a "fitting way for us to signify our partnership" as their time in office comes to an end.
Obama thanked lawmakers for working in bipartisan fashion to pass the legislation. A few minutes later, he led the crowd in another standing ovation for Biden for his work on the cancer moonshot. "Go ahead and embarrass Joe, go ahead," said the president.
POTUS concluded at 3:16 PM. He walked to his left, sat at a table and signed the bill into law.
"There we go," he said as he finished signing, and the audience let out another cheer.
POTUS mingled for roughly five more minutes before leaving the room. VPOTUS lingered a little while longer.