From: Nelson, Colleen
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2015 11:04 PM
To: Allen, Jessica L. EOP/WHO; Gabriel, Brian A. Jr. EOP/WHO
Subject: Travel Pool Report #4 -- Obama remarks
President Obama’s meetings in San Bernardino stretched nearly three hours, concluding just before 11 p.m. local time.
After wrapping up his conversations with first responders and the families of the 14 San Bernardino victims, the president delivered brief remarks to the pool.
Mr. Obama spoke in a classroom at Indian Springs High School.
The pool did not glimpse the families or the first responders and did not see First Lady Michelle Obama at the school.
Here are a few quick highlights before we depart for Hawaii. A full transcript should follow.
“It was moving for Michelle and myself in part because it was so representative of the country,” Obama said, noting that the families came from every background and every faith.
He said all the victims had been extraordinarily proud of the work they had been doing to keep people healthy.
Obama said of the families: “They’re all representative of the strength and the unity and the love in this community.”
“We have to remind ourselves of the overwhelming good that exists out there,” he said.
“Despite the pain and the heartache that they’re feeling, they could not have been more inspiring,” Obama said.
“It was a reminder of what’s good in this country,” he said. “I hope that’s something that gives all Americans a sense of pride and a sense of hope.”
At 11:02 a.m., the motorcade is rolling to the airport.
Colleen McCain Nelson
The Wall Street Journal