Fw: Pool Report 2: Dr. Jill Biden (NOW VPOTUS)

From: Francesca Chambers [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Monday, April 27, 2015 02:27 PM
To: Gleeson, James
Subject: Pool Report 2: Dr. Jill Biden (NOW VPOTUS)

The vice president's remarks lasted roughly 14 minutes and included a video message from astronaut Scott Kelly, who is currently on a year-long mission aboard the International Space Station.

A few highlights:

"Well, folks, I know you're disappointed," the vice president said as he kicked off his remarks.

"My wife Dr. Jill Biden is really sorry she can't be here," he said, noting that his wife still teaches full time and has a busy schedule.

The vice president thanked NASA for being at the event and stated that are “future astronauts in the room””- as well as one current one, Captain Kay Hire, who has been on two trips to the space station.

Hire, he said, is currently a professor at the Naval Academy, as well.

"When we say you can do anything, we mean it," he told the students.

"We mean it, right?” he said to Captain Hire.

"Yes, sir," she responded.

"Thank you for your service," he told her. We "appreciate it very, very much,"  he said to loud clapping.

A video of Scott Kelly was then played, who Biden said couldn't be there because he was "away on business."

Kelly thanked STEM teachers and gave a personal testimony about the importance learning math and science.

Talking about the challenges that children of military families face, Biden pointed out that they often move every two years. "And it takes a toll," he said, especially on their education.

The VP’s dog Champ also made an appearance at the event. Biden told the kids not to be alarmed and that while he will “”lick you to death,” “he is only not unkind to the enemy.”

Concluding his remarks, the VP reiterated how sorry his wife was that she couldn’t make it today after all.

“And Jill sincerely apologizes for not being here. As some of you know, working with Jill, this is extremely close to her heart. Not just military families,” he said, but education in general as a full-time professor.

Francesca Chambers

Political Reporter

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