From: Steven Dennis [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Saturday, September 19, 2015 08:45 PM
To: Gabriel, Brian
Subject: WH print pool #5 - Rolling again
POTUS & pool are rolling at 8:44 pm on a perfect, moonlit evening to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Phoenix Awards Gala, a must-do on Obama's annual social calendar. POTUS has upgraded from the SUV used for the earlier golf outing to the limo.
The president is expected to be introduced by R. Donahue Peebles, the chairman of the CBCF board. He took over after Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., was indicted for an assortment of federal charges and stepped down.
Fattah, who has vowed to fight the charges, has introduced Obama in previous years and has been a frequent White House visitor and prominent supporter of the president's. (The indictment includes the allegation of Fattah personally and unsuccessfully lobbying Obama to nominate a benefactor to an ambassadorship.)
Peebles was recently profiled in Forbes with an estimated net worth of $700 million, and was quoted recently in Newsday as having a possible interest in running against NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017.
Peebles also made a bit of a splash in 2012 when, despite being a major donor and supporter of Obama's, he criticized his rhetoric as class warfare and opposed his plans to increase tax rates on people making more than $250,000 a year.
(Yes, it's been a long day so I've had time to use the Google machine.)
Also sending out again what WH sent out yesterday regarding the event:
On Background from a White House Official:
President Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Phoenix Awards Gala in Washington, DC. In his address, the President will specifically highlight the achievements of African American women and the critical role they have played in helping to shape our democracy. He will also address the many challenges African American women continue to face in a range of areas including the gaps in economic equality, disparities in education and employment and how African American women are impacted by our criminal justice system. The President will also discuss his commitment to advancing policies to help women overcome these challenges, and achieve our nation's promise of justice and equality. Saturday's speech at the Washington Convention Center will mark the sixth time President Obama has spoken at the annual gala.
- Steven T. Dennis
CQ Roll Call White House reporter
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