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From: John Stanton >
Date: October 7, 2016 at 1:35:43 PM CDT
To: "Allen, Jessica L. EOP/WHO" >
Subject: travel pool #6
The DCCC fundraiser was held in an art-museum like space in the Eychaner residence. The pool noticed a large bowl outside with the phones of attendees piled high inside. One of the coordinators for the event became frustrated when the ink stained wretches of the pool came too close to the antiquities gathered in the room, though no harm was done to the pieces.
At the top Obama thanked his hosts, particularly "Fred's early investment, angel investment in my political career ... and so many others."
Obama also noted that Minority Whip Dick Durbin was in attendance, joking "I don't know a senator got in here. I thought people were properly vetted."
Other lawmakers/candidates who got a shoutout include House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Reps. Anna Eshoo, Cheri Bustos, Robin Kelly, bill foster, Jan Schakowsky. Also Brad Schneider, who is running for Congress, also got a name check, as did Kim Foxx, Democratic candidate for Cook County State Attorney. Former Obama staffer Krishnamoorthi also got a shoutout for his congressional campaign.
Obama's remarks were fairly standard fair, and he didn't rip into Trump, as he has from time to time at these sorts of fundraisers.
"I'm not gonna spend a lot of time on trump. Look. to some degree I'm preaching to the choir here. In case you hadn't noticed, the stakes in this election are extraordinary," Obama said. Touting his economic policies, climate change agreement and other policy achioevements, Obama said "none of this could I have done without the partnership with the Democrats in the House of Rep. A lot of the work we got done ... was in those 1st two years when we had a democratic majority."
"A whole range of the initiatives around wall street reform ... we could not have done that unless we had courageous, thoughtful members of congress."
Obama said "I'm confident that we will have an incredibly capable successor in the white house, by the name of Hillary Rodam Clinton. When I say I'm confident, I'm not over confident. We've still got a lot of work to do ... The ability of Hillary to build on the legacy we've established these last 8 years will depend, ultimately, on what happens in the House."
Obama acknowledged that "it's an uphill battle" but insisted "we have incredible candidates, and if we are willing and able to really bare down this last month ... I think we've got a real shot. And that will make all the difference in the world in terms of our ability to advance those parts of my agenda we haven't been able to get done" including immigration, early childhood education, equal pay."
"Whatever your issue, the stakes could not be higher. And I hope you all feel that same sense of urgency."
If there any remaining holdouts here who need to be persuaded, hopefully when you leave here you don't feel like you did what you had to do, and sort of check that off your list ... but are inspired," he added before the pool was ushered out.
we're now holding for a few minutes in the guest house, which is nicely appointed.
DC Bureau Chief