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POTUS arrived at the Richard Rogers theater just before 8 and took the stage a few minutes later. Below are some highlights, full transcript will be sent by the White House. The speech wrapped up just after 8:30, and your pooler spotted Sen. Tim Kaine, Kerry Washington and Vincent D'Onofrio looking very Kingpin in the crowd.
highlights of Obama DNC Hamilton fundraising speech:
“What’d I miss?” Obama quipped as he walked on stage after Hamilton had ended. “I am annoyed that I did not get to see this show again. Michelle and I love this show. It also happens to be the only thing dick cheney and I agree on … that is a cultural landmark.”
Obama was loose during his speech You write a check to watch some boring politician talk? That’s commitment. But coming to this show? You don’t get props for this,” he joked.
Obama gave his condolences to the Mets, saying “You should still be proud of a great season … If you’re not happy josh earnest my press sec is a big royals fan. So you can take it up with him.”
Hamilton “reminds us of the vital, crazy, kinetic energy that is at the heart of America. That people who have a vision and set of ideals can transform the world. That has always been true”
Obama’s speech stuck closely to his remarks at the smaller DCCC fundraiser on topics like energy, health care and the economy, although he did briefly touch on his administration’s foreign policy, including touting new trade deals and that “Today America leads the way in addressing new threats.”
He also played to his crowd, noting to loud applause that while when he took office people said marriage laws wouldn’t be changed, “suddenly, marriage equality is a reality in all 50 states.”
I could go on, I’ve got a longer list,” Obama quipped, before launching into a bullet point list including the car industry and DREAMers before pivoting to attacks on Republicans, particularly the 2016 presidential field.
“But I don’t know if the Republicans who are running for this office know any of these things,” he said to laughs. “Because they occupy a different reality it seems. According to them, everything was going really great in 2008 … This apparently was the golden age, that I messed up!”
“And Obamacare, and immigrants, and taxes and deficits all just messed everything up. And they’re really so glum. They really are so frustrated.”
On climate change, Obama again used humor. “You go to a doctor. No, lets change that. If you go to 100 doctors and 99 of them tell you you have diabetes … you wouldn’t say ahhh, that’s that’s a conspiracy. All 99 doctors got togeterr with Obama to keep me from having bacon and donuts. You wouldn’t do that. There’s not a single person here who would do that. It would be funny, but it’s about climate change.”
The President of the United States also said the word “cray.” As in how kids said “crazy” in the 1990s, in reference to Sen. James Inhofe’s using a snowball as a prop in arguing against climate change during a floor debate.
On candidates tough talk about Putin “They say, when I talk to Putin, he’s going to straighten out … And then it turns out they can’t handle a bunch of CNBC moderators”
“If you can’t handle those guys, I don’t think the Chinese and the Russians are going to be too worried about you.”
On running people who say they wished he would run for a third term: "I explain a, it’s unconstitutional. George Washington set a good example. B, Michelle would not permit it. And C, this has never been about me … I did not say ‘yes I can.’ I said ‘yes we can.’”
DC Bureau Chief