From: Tau, Byron [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 4:36 PM
To: Allen, Jessica
Subject: Print pool #6b -- More DGA pool spray/travel photo lid called
Travel photo lid called just before 4:30.
Here are some quotes from the pool spray, please check against transcript if there is one
"I want to welcome the Democratic governors to this meeting and thank them for all the outstanding work that they are doing. I am little concerned that David Ige of Hawaii does not know what to do with this weather," Obama jokes about the Hawaiian governor and the blast of arctic air current hovering above D.C. Obama jokes that Ige probably has never owned a coat.
Ige says "I bought one in Colorado" to laughter.
"Governors can't afford to just peddle an ideology, they've got to actually make things work on behalf of their constituencies and this is where a lot of the rubber hits the road. The men and women around this table are doing some great work on the issues that are of utmost priority to this administration," Obama says.
Identifies middle class issues like health care, education, wages, retirement and others as key issues.
"We have made enormous progress over the last six years, as I've said before. Last year we saw the strongest job growth since the 1990s. We've had 59 straight months of uninterrupted private sector job growth and manufacturing is stronger than it's been since the 90s. We're seeing steady improvement in the economy, but we've got a lot more work to do"
Obama says "we've got to tackle some of these issues" that remain, including job training, education, and so on.
"We need to make sure that workers are getting paid a fair wage." Points to governors around the room that have tried to or actually increased minimum wage in their states.
Shouts out a few governors including Jay Inslee, Peter Shumlin, Gina Raimondo and others.
"I want to thank everyone here, looking forward to a great conversation," Obama said before pool was ushered out.
Reporter, Wall Street Journal