From: DelReal, Jose [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, February 22, 2015 07:53 PM
To: Allen, Jessica
Subject: WH Print Pool #2
Pool gathered at 6:45 p.m. ahead of President Obama's dinnertime speech to the National Governors Association. A group of reporters were led into the White House State Dining Room – via the Red Room – at 7:17 p.m., just as President Obama began his brief remarks. The president spoke for a little over three minutes to a packed room.
Excerpts from POTUS’ remarks:
“Michelle and I are thrilled to host our nation’s governors and you are welcome here tonight. If it’s your first visit, then welcome to the White House. We promise a good time. The only thing we can’t conjure up from the past is Governor Schwarzenegger on the dance floor.” [Laughs] “It was something.”
“We are glad that the weather held up after this storm. We’ve been thinking about you governors from New England and everything that your citizens have been through this winter. I want to make sure we’re working with each other to get what you need.”
“It is a good thing that you’re not coming on a snow storm like there was during the dinner of 1987. Hours after the dinner the food was gone, everybody was standing around. The snow seemed to keep falling harder and harder and President Reagan looked out the window and turned to the first lady. He said, ‘Honey, do we have enough cots?’” [Laughs]
“It looks like the weather has cleared up enough that there will not be a pajama party in the Blue Room tonight.”
“Within this room we are not going to agree on everything but I am committed to working with each and every one of you over the next few years to keep making progress. We’ll talk more about that tomorrow. Tonight I just want to express my appreciation to all of you for all of the hard work that you bring to bear. And I want to say thank you to the spouses as well because I know that’s a particularly difficult job, trying to keep us in line.”
A full transcript of the president’s remarks will go out later tonight, according to the White House Press Office.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, the chair of the National Governors Association, spoke for about three minutes after Obama left the podium. He thanked the president and the first lady for their hospitality. He called the dinner a “wonderful and rare opportunity for us to come together and genuinely share each other’s company.”
Pool couldn’t get a clear enough view to see which governors were or were not in attendance. Will try to send a full list later, if one becomes available.
A travel photo lid called at 7:33 p.m.
Jose A. DelReal
The Washington Post