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From: Michael Shear >
Date: May 4, 2016 at 3:08:02 PM EDT
To: "Gabriel, Brian A. Jr. EOP/WHO" >
Subject: Travel Pool Report #8 -- Snyder booed
The speech here at the high school is technically open press, but we just witnessed a pretty amazing moment, so your pooler wanted to pass it along.
Gov. Rick Snyder just came up to the podium to address the crowd of about 1,000 people in this gymnasium. He was instantly and loudly booed by the entire crowd when his name was announced and as he came to the podium.
The crowd refused to quiet down for several moments, even as Snyder tried to speak.
Snyder started by saying: "Let me begin by saying I understand why you are angry and frustrated. I want to come here today to apologize."
He could hardly get the words out over the boos and jeers. Your pooler couldnt pick out specific chants or slogans, but just a general, angry loud, sound
The crowd got even angrier when Snyder said "we have a short-term water crisis" even as he continued that "we have a longer term issue about building a stronger city of Flint."
Snyder continued that "You didn't create this problem. Government failed you." Several people in the audience yelled "You failed us." Snyder continued that "I will apologize and work hard to fix that."
Snyder thanked POTUS for coming to Flint and thanked him for sending "outstandign people" to the city over the last several months.
"I want to thank you for coming here today. This is an important moment to show how we can work together," Snyder said.
There was another eruption of loud boos when Snyder said: "Thank you for the opportunity to come share a few thoughts with you today."
He left the stage quickly.
Michael D. Shear
White House Correspondent
The New York Times