From: Lee, Carol
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 6:44 PM
To: Goodman, Meghan K. EOP/OVP
Subject: VPOTUS pool report #1a
The roundtable wrapped up around 5:45pm.
The discussion touched on various aspects of the cancer fight: the need to share data among researchers and medical institutions,
Mr. Biden was running late for his next event - the Crystal Awards dinner - but he lingered to talk to the people who were part of the roundtable and in the audience. He took selfies, including with SAP CEO Bill McDermott, shook hands and chatted at length. At one point Dr. Jill Biden entered the room and stood nearby him, seemingly to nudge him along. Mr. Biden's granddaughter Naomi sat in the front row waiting.
VPOTUS stopped by to see pool on his way out. He walked over with Bill Budinger, founder of Rodel, Inc. Your pooler asked Mr. Biden how he thought the roundtable went. He said he thought he made some progress in breaking down barriers between the different stakeholders in the fight against cancer. He asked your pooler if she understood the discussion and stressed the importance of making the issue understandable to average people if he's going to make big strides on it. He also said how important sharing data among the different stakeholders is. He mentioned the LDS files having a lot of data going back many years that could be useful.
Some additional VPOTUS quotes during the discussion:
"Our goal is to make a decades-worth of advances in five years instead of 10 and eventually end cancer as we know it," Mr. Biden said. "We're not trying to make incremental changes. I'm looking for quantum leaps."
"I plan on making this a major part of whatever I do the rest of my life, and it's something everybody can be part of."
"Our goal is to make a decades-worth of advances in five years instead of 10 and eventually end cancer as we know it. We're not trying to make incremental changes. I'm looking for quantum leaps."
VPOTUS invited himself back to the World Economic Forum next year to have additional discussions on the issue, provided, he said, that Dr. Schwab approves.
NIH Director Francis Collins described VPOTUS as "delightfully unplugged" and credited him with elevating the profile of fighting cancer. Charles Sawyers, chair of the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and Mr. McDermott shared their experience losing their mothers to cancer. Mr. McDermott also offered his condolences to VPOTUS for the death of his son Beau. Mr. Biden interrupted to say: "I don't mean to make this personal about my son. It's way beyond my son."
Pool moved to the awards ceremony. Your pooler is told VPOTUS is seated in the middle of the front row but is in the back of the room so doesn't see him.
So far several awards have been given out, including to will.i.am and Leonardo DiCaprio.
The Wall Street Journal