Fw: VPOTUS pool report #4 - childhood home visit

From: Edward-Isaac Dovere
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2016 16:48
To: Goodman, Meghan Hays K. EOP/OVP
Subject: VPOTUS pool report #4 - childhood home visit

VPOTUS and Clinton spent about an hour at the home of Virginia and Bob McGregor, who'd set a big white tent up in their backyard. They were greeted with applause.

They then made the short drive to 2446 North Washington, the house where Biden grew up. The house is now owned by Anne Kearns, with granddaughters Tess and Melissa.

"This is where I grew up," Biden told Clinton. "At the top of Fisk Street."

"Did you ever sled down it?" Clinton asked.

"A lot of times, Biden said.

He said people accused him of jumping into the roof of a trolley car from a tree in the neighbors yard "which I did," he said to Clinton. "But I did become much more reasonable," he said.

The whole neighborhood turned out, including a father leading two sons on bicycles.

"Dads are hard to raise. Be patient," he said.

He brought her in to the kitchen, where he told her the story of a long argument between his family members one night about  a person in the neighborhood potentially switching his vote to Republican.
"Johnny's not switching," his aunt said, trying to end the long night.
"How the hell would you know, Gertrude?" his grandfather said to his aunt.
"I saw him take communion this morning," she said.

On the lawn in front, Clinton and Biden posed for some more photos. He gave her a kiss on the head as they began to break. She answered a question about being back in Scranton, repeating what she said at the event about the places she remembered from spending her summer here.

Asked if she could believe, based on what she knew about people in Scranton, that they would vote for Trump, she said,  "People will make up their own minds."

We are now headed back to the airport.

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Edward-Isaac Dovere
Senior White House reporter
POLITICO
@IsaacDovere

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