Fw: WH Travel Pool 4/10 #16b: More from inaugural program

From: Memoli, Michael [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Friday, April 10, 2015 08:20 PM
To: Barnes, Desiree N.
Subject: WH Travel Pool 4/10 #16b: More from inaugural program

Following the papal message Jose Miguel Insulza, the secretary general of the Organization of American States, delivered remarks.  The audience applauded at his mention of efforts to restore diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, and then louder at his expression of hope for the final, complete normalization to come.

Insulza also said he would be stepping down from the post during his remarks.

‎Following Insulza was UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon, who spoke in Spanish for the first few minutes before shifting to English.

He noted that this was the first time that all 35 member states are participating in the Summit of the Americas. “The presence here today of President Raul Castro of Cuba embodies a longing expressed by many in the region.” At this many, including Castro, applauded. But POTUS did not. Moon praised the leadership of Obama and Castro for initiating a process to restore relations.

President Varela now speaking.

Mike Memoli
Los Angeles Times / Tribune Washington Bureau
xxx-xxx-xxxx ‎• @mikememoli

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