From: John Bennett
Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 3:41 PM
To: Velz, Peter T. EOP/WHO
Cc: Allen, Jessica L. EOP/WHO
Subject: pool report #3 - South Lawn departure
Marine One appeared in a partly sunny Washington sky around 2:56 p.m. and touched down on the South Lawn two minutes later. At 3:08 p.m., a smiling President Obama walked down the sidewalk from the Oval Office and waved toward the pool then at another group to the media’s left. One minute later, POTUS ascended the helicopter’s stairs with a sharp right-handed salute to the Marine awaiting with a salute of his own. Obama boarded wearing a dark suit and blue shirt, giving a final wave in the doorway before disappearing inside Marine One.
Press Secretary Josh Earnest, carrying two bags, followed behind about one minute later. He was flanked by Anita Breckenridge, deputy chief of staff, and traveling aide Joe Paulsen; both also were carrying bags.
At 3:10 p.m., all passengers were loaded. The Marine attendant closed and sealed both doors. Marine One was wheels up from the South Lawn at 3:14 p.m. The green helicopter with the presidential seal on the front door headed toward the Washington Monument, bank slowly left and disappeared to the east as it was joined by an escort helicopter that flew over the Rose Garden and Oval Office. Your pooler lost sight of Marine One at 3:15 p.m.
Per the White House, also traveling aboard Marine One were National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Counterterrorism/Homeland Security Chief Lisa Monaco.
Your pooler now hands off to the out-of-town travel pool. Safe travels and a good rest of the day to all.
John T. Bennett | White House Correspondent | CQ Roll Call
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