From: Jordan Fabian [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 04:23 PM
To: Barnes, Desiree N.
Subject: Travel pool report #4
The City Club event kicked off at 2:44 p.m.
Board President of the City Club of Cleveland Paul Harris introduced President Obama. He joked that Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving’s 57-point game last week, as well as POTUS’ appearance, are evidence that Cleveland is on the rise.
POTUS strode on stage at 2:46 p.m. to a standing ovation and shook Harris’ hand. He thanked Harris, Kaptur, Fudge, Brown, and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, all of whom were in attendance.
Remarks were open to pre-credentialed press and broadcast live.
POTUS declared victory on the economy in his speech and slammed Republican economic policies.
"Reality has rendered its judgment. Trickle-down economics doesn’t work. Middle-class economics does.”
He also took a shot at the House Republican budget resolution released on Tuesday: “It doubles down on trickle down.”
Obama also defended his trade policies, which have angered some Democrats and labor union groups.
Obama concluded his prepared remarks at 3:23 p.m., earning another standing O. Then he took questions from the audience.
One crowd member asked Obama about his bracket and the president responded he “wasn’t that creative” in picking the University of Kentucky. He noted he hasn’t picked the correct winner since his first year in office.
Other questions touched on Washington gridlock and Citizens United/campaign finance reform.
“We shouldn’t be making it harder to vote, we should be making it easier to vote,” Obama said.
"It would be transformative if everybody voted,” Obama said. “That would counteract money more than anything."
Asked what he would do if he could go back to the first year of his presidency, Obama said “I think I would have closed Guantanamo on the first day.”
The event wrapped at 4:08 p.m. The motorcade is en route back to Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport.
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