FW: pool #2 // reception

From: Fritze, John [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 5:10 PM
To: Allen, Jessica
Subject: pool #2 // reception

President Obama and the first lady entered the East Room for the reception to honor African American History Month at 4:37 p.m. His remarks lasted just under 10 minutes.

The president noted the third anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death during his address – and he noted that Martin’s parents were in the room “on what’s a very difficult day for them.”

“Today on the third anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death, showing all of our kids, all of them, every single day, that their lives matter, that’s part of our task,” the president said.  “Where we are today didn’t come easy. It came through thick and thin.”

“Progress in this nation happens only because seemingly ordinary people find the courage to stand up for what is right, not just when it’s easy but when it’s hard,” he said.

Obama said the nation doesn’t set aside African American history month to “isolate” or “segregate” that history but to “ illuminate” it. He mentioned his upcoming trip next week to Selma.

“What happened in Selma is quintessentially an American experience, not just an African American experience,” Obama said. “It speaks to what’s best in this country.”

FLOTUS did not offer formal remarks.

Heads were mainly facing in the other direction, but pool spotted Reps. Rangel, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Pelsoi as they walked into the room, as well as Del. Holmes Norton. Obama in dark suit, FLOTUS in dark dress with lighter collar.

Pool ushered out at 4:47 p.m.

John Fritze
The Baltimore Sun
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