Report – President Obama in East Room

Subject: white house pool report #1 – 3/13/14


White House in-town pool report #1

March 13, 2014


Potus entered the East Room of the White House at 2:27 p.m. to deliver remarks about his administration’s new effort to expand overtime pay. The event was open press and live-streamed, but the following is some color from the room.


Potus stood before 16 people – 10 men and six women, whom the White House described as “individuals who are currently making overtime, business leaders who are supportive of strengthening overtime protections and advocates for working families.”


Potus delivered his standard pitch to sign up for health care. He touted his efforts to increase the minimum wage. And he made the call for expanded overtime pay that the White House released earlier.


Among those seated in the first row were Labor Secretary Tom Perez and domestic policy adviser Cecilia Munoz. There were a couple dozen empty seats in the back of the room – unusual for these East Room events.


At 2:36 p.m., Potus signed his memo directing Perez to take the prescribed action on overtime pay. He then shook hands with each of the 16 people who stood behind him. By 2:38 p.m. Potus was walking out of the East Room.



Reid J. Epstein