From: Andrew BEATTY [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2015 06:07 PM
To: Allen, Jessica
Subject: Travel pool report 5
Inside the marquee POTUS spoke again briefly about events in South Carolina.
"To see such a horrific event unfold like that is particularly shocking and it's a reminder that we've got a lot of work to do."
There were around 250 people as advertised. A stage at the front featured the flags of the United States and California and was back lit with two floor lights.
Introducing POTUS, host Tyler Perry said the president was " one of the most incredible people I have ever met" joking that Obama volunteered to take over the Titanic after it had already struck the iceberg.
He told a story about going to the White House for dinner and afterwards on the Truman Balcony, Obama winked at Michelle who "turned into a 15 year old girl."
Obama opened his remarks, which lasted about 20 minutes, by praising the host and his family.
"His baby to so cute" Obama said. "gotta cute momma," he said refering to Perry's youthful wife.
POTUS joked about taking the same strategy to make his kids beautiful, a strategy of widening the gene pool.
The President then touted his economic record and health care reforms, receiving rapturous applause from his supporters.
During one light moment Obama mentioned that college was still too expensive, and too many students leave with too much debt, with comic timing a small child squealled 'owww', prompting laughter.
A little later Obama let out a self acknowledged "Freudian slip"
"we should be reforming our criminal justice system in such a way that we are not incarcerating non violent offenders in ways that renders them incapable of getting a job after they leave office."
He then recalled Bill Clinton once described the presidency as the crown jewel of the federal prison system.
Later he spoke of a letter from a man in Colorado who voiced exasperation that Obama had not turned around the gridlock in Washington.
"As mighty as I have struggled against that I told him you are right, it still is broken."
The President however added that it wasn't enough for the man to write to him, he had to act for himself. "What are you doing?" he challenged the audience.
"It takes decades of work sometimes just to make a little bit of progress."
Unfortunately pool was at the back of the room so no celeb sightings, trying to get a rundown of which stars may have been there.
Pool exited at 17:54.
We are now holding