Fw: Pool Report #8b

From: Chris Johnson [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2016 10:08 PM
To: Gabriel, Brian
Subject: Pool Report #8b

Obama toast quotes:

"44 years ago, President Nixon was hosted by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau...There was a toast. 'Tonight, let's dispense with the formalities,' as President Nixon said, 'and let's propose a toast to the future Prime Minister of Canada Justin Pierre Trudeau.' He was four months (old) at the time. All these years later, that prediction has come to pass."

"Here in America, you may well be the most popular Canadian named Justin."
Making a reference to his Toronto-born golf partner Marvin Nicholson, who was present at dinner, POTUS said, "You can see they infiltrated all of our ranks."
"This visit has been a celebration of values that we share...we're committed to principles of equality and opportunity, and if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it...no matter the circumstances of your birth."
Saying those values had an impact on 2016 election, Obama said, "Where else could a boy born in Calgary grow up to run for president of the United States?"
Obama jokingly commends Canada for having rejected a wall along the Southern border.
POTUS gives "special welcome" to Margaret Trudeau, praising her work on mental health.
"We're not here for power, we're not here for fame...we're hear for our kids, we're here for everybody's kids, to give our sons and our daughters a better world."
Toast: "To the great alliance between the United States and Canada, to our friends, Justin and Sophie, to the friendship between Americans and Canadians and the spirit that binds us together..."

Trudeau toast quotes:

"...extraordinary moment. I am glad to be here with you tonight. Thank you so much for the warm welcome..."
Referring to Malia and Sasha, Trudeau talked about "memories of me being a kid and not being old enough to attend these types of events with my father almost makes me wish I had gone through my teenage years as the child of a world leader."
"When I was thinking about what I wanted to say this evening, I came across a quote from President Truman, who shared these words with the Canadian parliament nearly 70 years ago: He said that Canada's relationship with the United States did not develop spontaneously, did not come about merely from the happenstance that is geography, but was compounded at one part proximity and nine parts good will and common sense. It is that good will and common sense that I believe defines our relationship to this day. It what makes our constructive partnership possible. It's what allows us to respectfully disagree and remain friends and allies on the few occasions we do. For example, I believe that it's better to be the leader of a country that consistently wins Olympic gold medals."
"Now that I think of it, we're actually closer than friends. We're more like siblings really. We have shared parentage, but we took different paths in our later years. We became the stay-at-home type, you grew up to be a little more rebellious."
"The reason good will and common sense (come) so easily is because we are, Canadians and Americans alike, guided by the same core values. Values like...respect, cooperation because it keeps us safe and prosperous."
"When it comes to security...the world is safer when we work together. For half a century, we joined forces to protect our economy. We've been the closest allies overseas...standing shoulder to shoulder with our European partners in NATO and now, confronting violent extremism in the Middle East."
"Together, we have realized the longest, most peaceful and most mutually beneficial relationship of any two counties...It's a relationship that doesn't just serves the countries, it serves the entire world. Canadians and Americans also value economic interdependence because we know that it brings great prosperity to all us. Other 2.4 billion dollars worth of goods and services cross the border everybody."

More to come...


Chris Johnson
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