From: "Memoli, Michael"
Subject: Travel Pool Report 17: Speech venue
Pool has now taken seats at the rear of the spectacular multi-chandeliered conference hall where POTUS will deliver remarks to the Arab-Islamic-US Summit. He will speak before an array of flags under a large rectangular tapestry to a room with rows of rather comfortable beige theater style chairs. There are six big screens throughout the room. Photo of room included.
We're running a bit behind schedule. Since last pool dispatch, POTUS, King Salman and then a procession of other leaders and attendees proceeded past our earlier position to a closed press luncheon.
Ahead of a planned family photo spray there was quite the cluster as various other delegation press corps swarmed and then overwhelmed efforts to move the White House pool ahead to preset. We emerged from the crush and shoving mostly unscathed, held for a bit for the spray but ultimately most of the editorial pool has come in for the speech.
At 4:15 pm; just before we left the family photo area, we saw FLOTUS arrive.