From: Bolen, Cheryl [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Saturday, December 12, 2015 5:59 PM
To: Barnes, Desiree N. EOP/WHO
Subject: In-town pool report #6
Pool was ushered into the Cabinet Room about 5:15 p.m., without the usual table in the middle and with a podium set up in front of the fireplace. The room is not decorated for the holidays.
Obama walked in at 5:30 p.m. promptly wearing a suit and tie (presumably not what he wore on the golf course earlier today).
Obama first thanked a long list of world and U.S. leaders.
"Today the American people can be proud because this historic agreement is a tribute to American leadership."
"No agreement is perfect including this one. Negotiations that involve nearly 200 nations are always challenging," he said.
"Even if all the initial targets set in Paris are met, we'll only be part of the way there when it comes to reducing carbon from the atmosphere."
Still, this agreement is ambitious, with every nation committing to their own specific targets.
"In short, this agreement will mean less of the carbon pollution that threatens our planet and more of the jobs and economic growth driven by low-carbon investments," he said.
This agreement sends a powerful signal that the world is firmly committed to a low-carbon future.
"The targets we've set are bold," he said. "This agreement represents the best chance we have to save the one planet that we've got," he said.
"So I believe this moment can be a turning point for the world."
While our generation will see some of the benefits of building a clean energy economy, we may not live to see the full realization of our achievement--but that's okay, Obama said.
"What matters is that today, we can be more confident that this planet is going to be in better shape for the next generation, and that's what I care about."
The president walked out at 5:37 p.m. without taking questions.
A travel/photo lid was called at 5:43 p.m. Have a great evening all.
Cheryl Bolen, White House reporter
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