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From: "Jaffe, Greg" >
Date: November 6, 2016 at 4:32:28 PM EST
To: "Gabriel, Brian A. EOP/ Who" >
Subject: White House travel pool report #5 kid with POTUS
Additional pool report courtesy of Gardiner Harris of the NYT.
From: "Harris, Gardiner" >
Date: November 6, 2016 at 4:26:25 PM EST
To: "Jaffe, Greg" >, "Memoli, Michael" >
Subject: Kid with POTUS
After his speech, President Obama spent a moment with J.J. Holmes, a 12-year-old boy with a severe case of cerebral palsy who had been pushed out of a Trump rally Saturday in Tampa, Fla. A White House photographer snapped photographs of Mr. Obama shaking hands with J.J. and standing behind the boy's electric wheelchair.
J.J. had gone to the Saturday rally to protest Donald J. Trump's mocking of those with disabilities, he said. J.J.'s mother, Alison Holmes, brought her son, who speaks only through a computer vocalization device.
"The crowd started chanting 'U-S-A' and pushing his wheelchair," Ms. Holmes said.
As Ms. Holmes spoke, J.J. said through his vocalization device, "I had Donald Trump. I hate Donald Trump."
Ms. Holmes looked down at her son with what seemed a mixture of pride and concern.
"We were put out by security," she said. "Mr. Trump kept saying, 'Get them out.'"
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