Fw: VPotus Pool Report - 23 February 2015

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More than 100 people gathered in a majestic living room, located on the grounds of the National Observatory, for a Black History Month event that featured lawmakers,  presidential cabinet members, businessmen and women, local government officials, and advocates for the African-American community.

Shortly before VPOTUS made his remarks, the Eleanor Roosevelt High School Chamber Ensemble from Greenbelt, Maryland performed "Give Us the Ballot."

At approximately 6:56pm Biden walked down a flight of steps and approached a podium.

Below are his comments:

VPOTUS: I'm waiting for members of Congress but I've been waiting for Congress my whole life.

VPOTUS then Introduced his daughter-in-law, sister, and another family member. He then thanked guests for their attendance including the former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina and Arne Duncan, saying that they know how to get stuff done.

VPOTUS then mentioned Jay Johnson and other people who were scheduled to come including Rep.  Clyburn and other members of the CBC. Also acknowledged the ensemble and offered to pose in photo with the group. Later acknowledged D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and made a joke in reference to DC's lack of representation to which the audience laughed.

Kept guests laughing and told jokes about the seclude news of his spot.

VPOTUS: This is a pretty significant day and a lot of people don't know that the president had the original emancipation proclamation hanging in his office before the archives took it away. It took my state a long time to ratify the 13th amendment so when people tell me there's no progress, there's progress especially when I walk down to the Oval Office and say good bye to Barack Obama at the end of the day.

VPOTUS later mentioned Jill and highlighted her commitment to military families - especially her fund for military suicide victims and the event she was attending

VPOTUS: The artwork in here displays the history of our nation. This is from Selma. Take a look at some old the photographs and you didn't have to be there to get a sense of how profound it was. I was able to go to Selma on the 48th anniversary and had the privilege of speaking there and even though I was involved in my stage during the civil rights movement, I look back on it and feel guilty that i wasn't there. It's different when you were younger. I didn't even go out of my state. I remember it being reported and how it galvanized an entire country and when John introduced me to speak I felt this incredible sense of history and if you been to the bridge, it was an old bridge. As we marched across the bridge and we're arm in arm singing "We Shall Overcome"  and John said that I'm the only white boy that still knows the words. When you get to the top of the bridge and look down and remember, in those times to be a state trooper, you had to be tall and white and have a billy club. Being in that bridge,  you had to feel like you were in the gates of hell. You had to imagine what they were walking into. Brutality,  it was the thing that awakened a nation it created this sense of injustice. When they saw it,  it changed the mindset of people and it changes the way that wouldn't have happened had the brutality not occur. My mother had an expression saying that Joey when something terrible happens, something good happens. Out of all that brutality something significant happened and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the those who walked down that bridge.

VPOTUS later recited statistics about poverty, high school completion, and college admission among black peoples during the civil rights era.

VPOTUS: MLK, John Lewis and Whitney young opened the world's eyes  to the economic challenges facing African Americans. We passed Medicaid, Medicare, and pell grants that have done so much more for people left behind.  In the past five decades we have made progress but not enough.

Recited positive statistics for African Americans.

VPOTUS (addressing guests): You know better than other groups that there is so much more to do.  We find ourselves where a lot of disparities still exist.

We have a chance right now and in the next two years to make a fundamental change in that equation. We have come from crisis to recovery and we're in a position for a renaissance. We find ourselves in a position. We know that 60 percent of jobs require a college eduction but middle class and poor folks have been left behind. That's why we're about changing the equation for working families in America and that's why the president is focused on childcare to job training to college help and education to free community colleges. This is the way to change the equation and shame on us if we miss the opportunity

A lot of wealthy white and black people aren't bad but they control 1 percent of the economy and this cannot stand. It's not fair because the business experts are saying that concentration of wealth is stunting growth. So let's do something that's worthy of emancipation. By the way what happened is not only did we move toward freeing black Americans but also the conscience of white Americas.  Enjoy the evening and I hope you stick around.

VPOTUS then dropped another quip about those who may not want to take a photo with him. Before he closed, he thanked DC Mayor Bowser for her hospitality.

Later took a photo with Al Roker and told another joke. Roker said he has happy to be at the spot and share something that was really important.

Sam P.K. Collins
Washington Informer

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