From: Nelson, Colleen [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, November 21, 2015 10:36 PM
To: Barnes, Desiree N. EOP/WHO
Subject: Travel Pool Report #12 -- dinner gala
The pool attended the first few minutes of the late-starting dinner gala, held in a giant ballroom in the convention center.
The walls in the room were lined with floor-to-ceiling video screens, creating a sensory overload as images flashed during songs and remarks alike. A sprawling stage sat in the center of the room, and the leaders sat on a dais across from the stage.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib soon took the stage, saying that he was not going to give a speech but wanted to make a few remarks.
He said the leaders looked resplendent in their songket shirts. He said he hoped to start a new fashion trend in Malaysia and hoped to see a lot more people wearing songkets.
Najib noted that the leaders had worked a long, 12-hour day.
"We deserve a good dinner," he said. "We deserve a good show."
He lauded ASEAN, saying that "ASEAN is not only relevant, but ASEAN is important to the rest of the world."
And with that, your pool's time at the gala came to an end. The pool is holding. President Obama is dining.
Colleen McCain Nelson
The Wall Street Journal