From: Herndon, Astead
Sent: Sunday, December 4, 2016 7:28 PM
To: Rutherford, Sarah D. EOP/WHO
Subject: Pool report #5
POTUS and FLOTUS arrived to the hall, formally called the Opera House, at 7:19 p.m. EST. They entered after the honorees and were greeted with an extended standing ovation.
POTUS waved his hand to acknowledge the crowd and later took his seat, after holding hands with FLOTUS.
Mavis Staples, the legendary soul singer and one of the night's honorees, is seated next FLOTUS.
Following the singing of the national anthem, traveling press were escorted to a holding room, to view the ceremony from a closed circuit television.
Once arrived, your pooler observed comedian Stephen Colbert, the night's host, lead the crowd in another appreciation of the President.
Barring unforseen events, your pooler will next update you once the motorcade leaves the hall. Any notable actions from POTUS and FLOTUS will be included in that update.