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From: Lauren Fox >
Date: October 17, 2016 at 11:46:42 AM EDT
To: "Gabriel, Brian A. EOP/WHO" >
Subject: Pool report 3
POTUS was introduced by Ifunaya Azikiwe, a senior at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, to a roaring crowd. After a brief standing ovation, POTUS encouraged the gymnasium full of high school students to sit down.
He joked that he noticed that they all had their cell phones handy to take photos, something that reminded him of his own daughters. He also noted that homecoming was coming up and that in his day, you had to walk up and ask someone out in person instead of relying on those phones.
POTUS addressed students at Benjamin Banneker High School about the country's rising high school college graduation rate, which now is at a record high of 82.3 percent. He also noted that more African American and Latino students are graduating than ever before. POTUS explained that D.C.'s graduation rate had grown at a higher rate than anywhere else in the country. At Banneker - which is known for its rigorous academic record- the graduation rate last year was 100 percent.
"You can't do better than that," Obama said as students applauded.
This is the second time POTUS has visited Banneker. He also visited the school in 2011.
The president was joined by former Education Secretary Arne Duncan, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Colin Powell and Alma Powell.
POTUS told students that accessing higher education was essential for students hoping to earn more over their lifetime. He encouraged students and seniors in the audience to make sure that they filled out their FAFSA and asked any seniors who hadn't yet filled out that form to raise their hands (your pooler saw only one young man admit that to POTUS)
POTUS said despite the progress in the country's education system there was still a lot more to do.
"We have made a lot of progress," Obama said. "I just want to be honest with you. We still got more work to do...There are still too many states are are cutting back on public education."
"It's why if you're 18, you got to vote," POTUS told the audience.
Talking Points Memo