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From: "Feldmann, Linda" >
Date: September 13, 2016 at 7:40:51 PM EDT
To: "Allen, Jessica L. EOP/ Who" >
Subject: Travel pool report #12 - POTUS remarks at DCCC fundraiser
POTUS remarks at Manhattan penthouse of longtime Democratic supporter
Jim Chanos, at a fundraiser for the DCCC - House campaign committee.
POTUS began speaking at 7:10 pm. Finished 7:28. Here is a pretty good
rendering of his remarks (check against transcript). Note comments on
the IRS commission impeachment plan. "This is crazy," he said.
Another interesting moment: "And look, I recognize I’m head of the
Democratic Party and that necessarily makes me a partisan. But I’m
actually not somebody who bleeds Democrat."
Intro’d Chair of DCCC Ben Ray Lujan. And his “Partner on the tough
stuff,” Nancy Pelosi. And New York’s own Steve Israel.
Let me just amplify the census report that came out today, which the
economists are different. My chief economist Jason furman explained
that this is the super bowl for economists, the census report... This
is the most comprehensive snapshot of the eocnomy you’ll see this
year. The headline news is incomes rose last year more than any time
on record. More than anytime on record. And what was particularly
striking was that they rose for every demographic, every race, men and
women, every quintile, the increases were particularly stark and the
lowest income Americans and middle-income Americans. Tho everyone saw
Poverty went down last year more sharply than anytime since 1968. And
the pay gap between men and women closed so that although it is still
there, still nagging, it is the smallest it’s ever been.
If you combine that with some other statistics that jim mentioned, the
picture we have is not of an economy at full potential. There are
still a lotta folks out there unemployed, under employed, because of a
previous decade of flat or declining wage growth, income growth,
ther’es still catching up to do.
But what we see is a serious recovery.
This is not a cause to run victory laps, because people do feel as if
even if their own circs are better, they worry about, are the kids
gonna be able to succeed, they worry re student debt, about the
vulnerabilities that were revealed because of the post-Lehman world,
they worry re globalization, technology, foreign competition. Those
fears are real and they are justified. But what it does reveal is ..
the trend lines are sound. Good policy matters. That the decisions we
made early, often unpopular, paid off. It means that facts and
evidence are important, and that you need a pres and congress that
makes decisions based on facts and evidence and so I think you know
where I’m going here.
We have one pres candidate one set of cong candidates who look at the
facts, look at the evidence study policy, and conclude that climate
change is real, that budgets should add up, that we should be
investing in infrastructure to put millions of American sback to work
with ripple effects throughout the econ. That investing in early
childhood ed is asmart thing to do. That equal pay for equal work will
benefit men women and families. That raising minimum wages in an econ
that’s increasingly sevice based will not destroy jobs. That putting
more money in the pockets of ordinary people and ocnsumers will in
fact be good for consumers, that we should invest in r and d. that we
have capacity to buy health insurance for all Americans.
Another set of people who believe I nthe opposite. Don’t believe in
climate change, insist on austerity even when that’s bad economics.
Put forward tax breaks for folks who don’t need em, that will explode
the deficit. Underfund human capital, research, reject the idea that
we can develop clean energy in a way that’s good for our economy.
Think that the pay gap beween men and women is imaginary. And want to
make sure women can make the decision to make less money but not
control their own bodies.
And it doesn’t matter to them that the facts do not match their
positions, and have been repeatedly refuted. One of the things re
having a crisis is you end up having some interesting experiements
playing thsmelves out over time. So the R recipe for recovery was
tried for some time in euorpe, and they still haven’t recovered from
2007, but it doesn’t matter, cuz their positions are based on
So I recognize the degree to which politics has been discouraging over
the last several years. The congress has been discouraging… since
Pelosi hasn’t been speaker. And the degree to which the current
majorities in the House and the Senate, but w’ere focuse don the hosue
today, can’t even pass their own priorities, so I don’t generally have
to veto anything cuz they can’t get org’d enough to present the
cockamamie legislation that they’re interested in passing. I recognize
that must be discouraging for people, and we get all these strange
distractions of … here’s one that’s coming up: there’s a storng
faction in House whose major priority is impeaching the IRS
You’re laughing, but this is a big deal. This ihasn’t happened before.
It’s not that he’s venal or has stolen money or abused his office. The
reason is because stuff that happened before he even got into office,
he responded to inquiries from one of the many congressional hearings
to try to ferret out a scandal and I guess left some documents out
inadvertently, and well, this is a good reason to impeach the guy.
This is crazy. And yes, no wonder people end up being discouraged and
So we have made progress despite an opposition party that has been in
the majority the last 2 years, which is not functioning. And look, I
reocngize I’m head of the DP and that necessarily makes me a partisan.
But I’m actually not somebody who bleeds Democrat. I think back to
2008, and I meant what I said. I don’t think a party traditionally has
a monopoly on what’s right. I come from the land of Lincoln. Richard
Nixon set up the EPA. The Civil Rights Act was passed by Johnson but
also a whole bunch of R votes. So it’s not inevitable that this is
what we deal with, but it is what’s going on right now. And that is
why you have to take this race so seriously. It is a cliché that every
election is the most impt in our lifetime, but I gotta tell you, this
one? This one counts.
You have a nominee of a major party that shows no awareness of just
basic domestic or foreigin policy. Adveristes his ignorance every day,
and procdlaims his role model for leaerhsip is Vladimir putin. Think
about that: this is the party that etolls freedom and America and the
flag and Ronald Reagan, and whose criticism of me is my tyrannical use
of power… And we’re gona nominat eth guy who actively promotes and
admires a guy who jails dissidents and controls all media in his
country,a nd hence has an 82 percent approval rating. Can you imagine
what my approval rating would be if all those guys lined up (the
press) worked for me, and I could write their stories. I’d be doing
really well! I’m doing well enough as it is.
So you’ve got that. But also someone who’se explicitly tapping into
the worst impulses in each of us. The notion that somebody who’s not
like me is bad, is dangerous, is not a real American. We’ve followed
that path before… it’s woven into world history, and it usually turns
out bad. And we hav ea congress that purports to want to be a champion
for working class and MC folks, but cannot describe any concrete
proposals that would help those people, and deal with the challenges
of the new global economy.
So I say all this, cuz this shouldn’t be close, but it’s close. The
pres race we should win, but Donald Trump got the nomination, so weird
stuff happens. The House, we have a chance to win beause the R nominee
has revealed the dysfunction of that party for quite some time, but
it’s hard cuz of gerrymandering and entrenched incumbents, it’s gonna
be challenging. But we have a chance. Have to maek this investment.
I’m not on the ballot, and in 6 months I’ll be private citizen once
again, but I have two daughters, and I hope I’ll have some grandkids
not too soon. And I genuinely believe that the basic character of this
country and our capacity to meet all the challenges your’e aware of is
dependent on what happens now. The stakes are really high. So I need
all of you..
If you do , I think the american people will make the right choice,
Pelosi will be speaker again, hillary president, schumer majrotiy
leader, and we’ll have a burst of productivity like the last time we
had a D pres and D majority.
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