FW: VPOTUS Pool Report 2: Luncheon remarks

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Subject: VPOTUS Pool Report 2: Luncheon remarks

The vice president spoke for roughly 10 minutes, after Tony Blinken, beginning at 1:35ish.

Some highlights:

"Well, Madame President, welcome to the State Department," he told Rousseff.

Biden indicated that Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker was also in attendance, calling her in his remarks "one of the most incredible cabinet members I've ever worked with."

"She knows how to get things done," he added.

Speaking about Blinken, who worked on his 2008 presidential campaign, Biden commented that he was telling the Brazilian president on the way to the event "the President of the United States has stolen every one of my really great people."

"But the good news is," he said, and "the reason why we never have any conflict within the West Wing, is because 80 percent of the people he has worked for me before."

The vice president said the United States' alliance with Brazil is one of the country's most important relationships and its dedicated to approaching relations with the country with "a different attitude" than it has before.

It's not so much anymore about what we can do for the hemisphere, but what we can do with the hemisphere, he said.

Brazil and the U.S. are "equal partners," the VP added.

"We're attempting to change this relationship in a way to continue to build trust and confidence between us."

The potential for the bilateral relationship is "real and genuine", the VP said, "but it requires some time."

Among the topics discussed during the meetings: climate change, food security, defense and trade.

"By 2017, those of us of European stock," Biden said "will be an absolute minority in the United States of America."

That's "not a bad thing, that's a good thing," he added, because it means the U.S. is expanding the diversity of its people.

Biden noted that the two countries today "announced a very ambitious, a very ambitious climate change agenda, which has the potential to change the world."

He restated the White House's commitment to making sure the U.S.-Brazil relationship "lives up to its full potential."

"In that spirit, I'd like to raise my glass - if I can get a glass here," the vice president said, searching for a drink to toast with (he was quickly handed one).

His toast: "to friendship and the possibilities between our nations." Because "the now, is today."

Biden finished his remarks at 1:44 pm.

The Brazilian president spoke for 10 minutes after the vice president. She also gave a toast, and then they took their seats and the pool was ushered out moments later.

Your print pooler does not speak Portuguese, but our friends in the Brazilian media said that Rousseff indicated that Biden was most important person in the relaunch of the U.S.-Brazil relationship during her remarks, and she quoted Franklin Roosevelt in her toast, who said: The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man, or one party, or one nation...it must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world.

This is a moment to celebrate the maturity and relationship of the two country, she reportedly said, saying the country owes a historical debt to Joe Biden for all that he's done to move the process along.

She raised her glass to friendship and a renewed partnership.

Francesca Chambers
White House Correspondent

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