FW: Presidential pool report #2

From: Joseph, Cameron [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2015 12:37 PM
To: Gabriel, Brian A. Jr. EOP ; Allen, Jessica L. EOP
Subject: Presidential pool report #2

Full pool report from President Obama's meeting with Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, the trio who helped subdue a gunman on a packed train heading to Paris last month. Sorry for slight delay, internet issues.

The pool was escorted into the Oval Office shortly after noon, where the President sat with the three heroes who stopped a terrorist attack on a train in Paris.

The president, wearing a black suit and dark red tie, spoke for close to four minutes.

"I think all of you are familiar with the incredible story of three high school friends who were getting together, two of whom had served in uniform on behalf of the United States armed forces, thinking that they were just going to have a fun reunion in Paris and ended up engaging a potential catastrophic situation and pinning down someone who clearly was intent on doing doing a lot of harm to a lot of people, inflicting terror on the French people."

"Because of their courage, because of their quick thinking, because of their teamwork... a real calamity was averted," Obama said.

"They represent the very best of America, American heritage, and it's these kinds of young people who make me extraordinarily optimistic about the future. I thank each and every one of them and wish them well."

The president talked some of each man's future plans.

"Aleksander, as soon as he's finished on 'Dancing with the Stars,' plans to get into law enforcement. Whatever they may do, they're going to do it well and we just wanted to say thank you to them not only for saving so many lives but also for making America look so good," Obama said.

The President then posed for pictures with the trio, ignoring questions from the press assembled, though he did say "bonjour" to a French-speaking reporter who said "bonjour" to him.

I will be tweeting out photos from the event at @cam_joseph shortly if anyone wants to use. Can email to anyone who wants higher res though they're not perfect shots.

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