Fw: Pool Report #8 - toast

From: Chris Johnson [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2016 09:13 PM
To: Gabriel, Brian
Subject: Pool Report #8 - toast

Pool was escorted into the East Room at 8:32, where POTUS had already begun delivering his toast. POTUS spoke for about 7 minutes

The toast was filed with jokes. Among them: "If things get out of hand, remember the prime minister used to work as a bouncer."

Referencing singer Justin Bieber, POTUS said Trudeau in America may well be "the most popular Canadian named Justin."

POTUS also talked about shared values of equality and opportunity, saying that's having an effect on the 2016 presidential election.

"Where else could a boy born in Calgary run for president of the United States?"

POTUS raised his glass to, among other things, the "great alliance" between U.S. and Canada.

Trudeau spoke for about 8 minutes.

The PM said U.S. and Canada are more than friends and like siblings, except Canada is more "stay-at-home" and U.S. is more "rebellious."

Trudeau thanked Obama for efforts on climate change, saying it's time to discard "the outdated notion" a healthy economy and environment "stand in opposition."

The PM also made a reference to Syrian refugee crisis and 25,000 refugees resettled in Canada.

Trudeau joked after seven years as prime minister he hopes his "grey hair comes in at a slower rate" than Obama's.

Trudeau finished his toast at 8:53 and pool was promptly escorted out of East Room.

More details of toast to come in forthcoming report.


Chris Johnson
Washington Blade

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