Fw: Travel pool report #4, 8/31/15 -- Presidential statement on Texas officer shooting, roundtable arrival and anti-drilling protest

From: Davis, Julie [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 03:27 PM
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Subject: Travel pool report #4, 8/31/15 -- Presidential statement on Texas officer shooting, roundtable arrival and anti-drilling protest

Travel pool report #4, 8/31/15 -- Presidential statement on Texas officer shooting, roundtable arrival and anti-drilling protest

Anchorage

The motorcade departed the Captain Cook Hotel and made a two-minute drive to the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center where the GLACIER conference is being held. Your pool did not spot POTUS as we entered the complex, but we did see an anti-Arctic drilling protest on the street across from the building, complete with a yellow flag with the scallop shell logo of Royal Dutch Shell that said in big red letters, "Hell, no!" There was also a large sign made of giant red letters on a net that spelled out "Save the Arctic." These were interspersed with pro-Obama signs welcoming him to Alaska, and the protestors were vying with the welcomers to be heard, resulting in an incongruous chant of: "Hell, no!...Welcome to Alaska!...Hell, no!...O-BAM-A!"

Also, the White House sends along the following statement from the president:

This afternoon, on my way to Alaska, I called Kathleen Goforth, the widow of Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth - a veteran law enforcement officer who was contemptibly shot and killed over the weekend.  On behalf of the American people, I offered Mrs. Goforth my condolences, and told her that Michelle and I would keep her and her family in our prayers.  I also promised that I would continue to highlight the uncommon bravery that police officers show in our communities every single day.  They put their lives on the line for our safety.  Targeting police officers is completely unacceptable - an affront to civilized society.  As I said in my State of the Union Address, we've got to be able to put ourselves in the shoes of the wife who won't rest until the police officer she married walks through the door at the end of his shift.  That comfort has been taken from Mrs. Goforth.  So we must offer her our comfort - and continue to stand up for the safety of police officers wherever they serve.

We are holding at the convention center awaiting the roundtable.

/jhd

Julie Hirschfeld Davis
White House Correspondent
The New York Times
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