From: Lucas, Fred [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, September 28, 2015 09:08 PM
To: Barkoff, Kendra A.
Subject: VP Pool Report 3a
In her introductory remarks, VPOTUS’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens, referred to a quote from Winston Churchill- Give us the tools and we will finish the job.
By sponsoring the VAWA, she said, “Joe gave us the tools and we will finish the job.”
Indirectly referencing family tragedy in the context of women who have been victims, she said, “Tears can feed bitterness or tears can feed hope. Joe’s tears feed hope.”
Some of VPOTUS’s remarks:
“The attorney general and I have spent time together on this and she gets it,” referring to Lynch.
He said, “There is a fundamental change in the culture,” regarding attitudes about domestic violence.
“The press keeps asking me when I visit college campuses, how do we know when we’ve had success? … We’ll know when the day comes that no woman, no mother, no daughter, no sister asks the question after being abused, ‘what did I do?’ Further, he said, we’ll know we have had success when no man believes he has the right to abuse a woman.
Biden devoted the remainder of the speech to the “It’s on Us” initiative of going to college campuses to get young men involved in stopping assaults on women. He specifically mentioned going to the University of Illinois and Ohio State University.
Of the abusers, he said, “Men who engage in this are not men at all.”
He further said that men on campus who do not intervene to stop an assault “are cowards.”
The Vice President went onto note that with the help of Attorney General Lynch, the administration has worked to ensure community law enforcement officials have more rape kits available to prosecute cases.
After speaking for about 18 minutes, Biden began walking around and greeting some of the attendees gathered around the VP residence swimming pool.
The press pool (since we need to distinguish the kind of pool we’re talking about in this case) was ushered out as Biden started getting closer to our direction.