From: Jessica Stone [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 12:23 PM
To: Barnes, Desiree N.
Subject: Re: Irish PM WH Visit Foreign Pool note #2--correction
The proper spelling of the poet, is "William Butler Yeats"
h/t to George Condon
and apologies from your foreign press pooler.
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On Mar 17, 2015, at 12:06 PM, "Jessica Stone" wrote:
>> Pool entered about 11:30, lasted about 12 minutes Seen in the room:
>> NSA Susan Rice and VP Joe Biden entered during Obama's remarks. As I mentioned in a previous pool report; no cabinet level officials were with the PM Kenny. But he was accompanied by the Irish Ambassador to the US, Anne Anderson.
> US President began by thanking the Prime Minister and remarking about the evolution of Ireland's economy:
>> "Ireland is on the move after a very challenging financial crisis and economic recession. Under the Taoiseach's leadership, finances have stabilized, the economy is growing again and unemployment is beginning to come down."
>> He also mentioned that the Taoiseach's "great interest" is immigration reform.
>> According to Obama, the two discussed, security issues, challenges of Middle East, the TTIP trade negotiations, European economic health, importance of having a "firm and resolute" approach to Ukraine, making sure the Minsk agreement is fully implemented, stemming the flow of foreign fighters to the US and the rest of Europe.
> Obama also spent some time talking about the US budget which Republicans unveiled Tuesday:
>> "I was hoping for a little luck of the Irish as the Republicans put out their budget today. Unfortunately, what we're seeing right now, is a failure to invest in education, infrastructure, research and national defense. All the things that we need to grow, need to create jobs, stay at the forefront of innovation and to keep our country safe. It's not a budget that reflects the future...growth."
>> Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he gave the president, a "rundown on progress that Ireland has made in the last number of years in terms of our growth..."
>> He reminded him that it's a fragile process..."A work that's not yet complete"
> Kenny said the two discussed other economic aspects of the Eurozone such as the situation in Greece, the TTIP trade negotiations. "We're very big supporters of this." Kenny commended Obama on starting those talks and said "We want that to happen. We want that to happen in the later part of this administration; said " Kenny said he would speak to EU president Tusk on Thursday....who is very interested in moving it along."
>> He also said that they talked immigration reform, visas. "I would hope that at the end of the day that political leadership here in Washington....would actually deal with this particular problem and economically...having courage and leadership."
>> On Ukraine, Kenny said: "The necessity to have clarity with respect to sanctions. The president of Europe has been very clear on this and wants to be very clear on coordinating activity with the United States in respect of the sanctions being imposed on Russia."
>> Kenny said it was "nice for a country this small... to have this reach to the center of influence here."
>> Obama mentioned that he received a book of poetry from Yates from Kenny, "one of his favorite poets."
>> Jessica Stone
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