FW: VPOTUS pool 2

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From: Tara McKelvey [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 2:48 PM
To: Lance, Kirsten E. EOP/OVP ; xxx@email.com
Subject: VPOTUS pool 2

The vice president, wearing a white handkerchief in a breast pocket, was sitting at a table in a room in the Blair House with the presidents of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. The room has a baroque chandelier and it looks out on a courtyard with a fountain and holly bushes.

"Is the press ready?" the Vice President said. "Well, it's a pleasure to welcome [you]." He said the guests in the room had already "been to the White House" and described Blair House as "an extension of the White House." He told a story about a woman who used to be his neighbor in Delaware. She just "passed away," he said, describing her as "very irreverent." He recalled how once some time ago he'd been here in a meeting "related to the Balkans and she'd seen me on television [at the meeting and afterwards saw him on a group of people with lots or television cameras around and she went up] and gave me a kiss on the cheek and said, How do you like my bedroom?"

He added, "Her last name was Blair and she lived in this house." He said that later she said: "My only regret is that my father sold the house to a Democrat."

The Vice President looked up at the people in the room and smiled and said, "Welcome to Blair House. You know right now why I'm not a diplomat."

He said that the U.S. Had made a commitment of 750 million dollars to their countries and that it was "a sign of the broad bipartisan support that still exists in the relationship to the region." Then reporters were told to leave the room.

As I walked out, the Vice President was looking down at the table with a serious expression on his face. He was waiting till we were gone before he said anything.

Tara McKelvey
White House reporter
BBC News

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