Check out the notes from press pool about a reception at Vice President’s residence

 

Subject: VP print pool report #2

 

> Pool entered the reception at the Vice President’s Residence at 7:03 pm and was escorted to an alcove to the side of the area on the first floor where guests — men mostly in suits and women in cocktail dresses, suits, and business casual attire — were mingling.

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> The Bidens entered at 7:08, walking down a staircase from the second floor. Dr Biden, wearing a lavendar dress, welcomed guests, saying, “February is a time to recognize contributions of African Americans who have helped shape our country,” and thanking the Air Force band that provided entertainment. She pointed out a display in the home honoring Rosa Parks.

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> Introducing Rep. John Lewis, Dr. Biden called him, “an embodiment of courage, foresight, and lasting commitment,” and “an advocate for all.”

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> Rep. Lewis, in his remarks, recalled growing up seeing sighs saying “White men, colored men, white waiting, colored waiting.” He recalled hearing about and meeting Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr., saying they inspired him “to find a way to get in the way, to get in trouble.” That elicited a laugh from the crowd.

 

> Lewis introduced VPOTUS as a “tireless warrior” and “fighter,” and joked that VPOTUS is not one of the people in politics who loves the world but doesn’t like people. “He’s just a wonderful man. I cannot say that enough about this man,” Rep. Lewis said.

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> VPOTUS, in his remarks, told guests, “As long as we occupy this house, it’s your house.”

 

> “It always amazes me how my white liberal friend think they understand the black community” without having lived in a black community, he said at one point. Seeming to address those in the room who participated in the civil rights movement, he said, “The work you did also liberated white folks.”

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> When VPOTUS said, “I never thought we’d ever have to relive so many things,” the crowd audibly agreed. Pool heard one man say “Never!”

 

> VPOTUS referenced challenges to Voting Rights Act and said he’d never have expected that during his and President Obama’s run for reelection, he’d see so many “laws that would restrict voting.”

 

> There was heavy laughter from the crowd when VPOTUS said, “So, look folks, we got a heck of a lot of work to do” with respect to efforts to “curtail the right to vote.” But, he added, “the American people have changed.” He said the most important effort in coming years will be “making sure the franchise is expanded and not restricted.”

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> “As a white kid living in a border state growing up in grade school and high school, being raised by two really decent parents…the things that affected my life and so many white boys like me,” had to do with watching people like Martin Luther King and John Lewis, VPOTUS said. He recalled seeing civil rights marches and feeling guilty that he wasn’t taking part. He said he did little things (“No big deal, I want to make it clear to the press,” he clarified) like trying to desegregate movie theaters.

 

> “I love you guys,” he said in closing. “I’m tired of doing these fights. Let’s get it done.”

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> Pool was escorted out at 7:32 and passed Attorney General Eric Holder posing for a photo with a guest.

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> Sent from my iPhone

 

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