Fw: Travel pool report #3: Bilateral meeting between Obama and Macri

From: Eilperin, Juliet
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 11:23 AM
To: Velz, Peter T. EOP/WHO
Subject: Travel pool report #3: Bilateral meeting between Obama and Macri

At approximately 11 am ART, the pool was ushered into an ornate room where the two leaders sat side by side in high-backed, cream colored chairs.  Macri sat to Obama's left. Both leaders wore dark suits with blue ties; an American flag was behind Macri and an Argentine flag stood behind Obama. There was an arrangement of hydrangeas on the table in front of them, and multiple chandeliers above with carved glass globes that glowed with a soft light. Both men smiled broadly, but did not speak.

A group of foreign policy advisers from both countries sat across from each other: the U.S. side included national security adviser Susan Rice, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes and U.S> Ambassador to Argentina Noah Mamet.

The pool was ushered out after less than two minutes.

And below is information about Casa Rosada, per the White House.

Casa Rosada - Also known as the "Government House," the building has served as the office of the Argentine President since the 1860s, and houses a museum featuring memorabilia from former Argentine presidents. It has been declared a National Historic Monument. President Macri's official residence is the Quinta de Olivos (simply referred to as "Olivos"), located in the northern suburb of Martinez in the Province of Buenos Aires.
The founder of Buenos Aires, Captain Juan de Garay, first built a fort on Casa Rosada's site in 1594. The location was not used for the presidential office building until the administration of President Bartolomé Mitre. Later, President Domingo Sarmiento, a former Argentine ambassador to the United States and admirer of the U.S. educational system, ordered the exterior painted pink, reportedly as a call for reconciliation between rival political parties that were represented by the colors red and white.
Argentine presidents have used the Casa Rosada's balcony which overlooks the Plaza de Mayo, to address the country's citizens on important occasions, as did First Lady Eva Peron (Evita) during the presidency of Juan Perón in the 1950s.

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