Subject: Pool Report 4
Pool Report 4
Sept. 21, 2013
President Obama speaks to the CBC
In his speech at the annual Congressional Black Caucus dinner, President Obama blasted congressional Republicans for risking a government shutdown and a credit default in an effort to defend his health care plan, “It is time for these folks to stop governing by crisis” and focus on “what really matters,” Obama said at the CBC Foundation Phoenix Awards Dinner.
As for the GOP plans to de-fund health care, Obama said he wanted to speak “as clearly as I can — it’s not going to happen.”
Obama repeated that he would not negotiate over the debt ceiling, saying the country is obligated to pay its bills.
The president also spoke about civil rights, health care, education, college costs, public safety, and economic opportunity during remarks that ran about 19 minutes.
Obama devoted most of his remarks to the economy.
After talking about the recent 50th anniversary of the “I Have A Dream” speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., Obama said equality has to go “hand in hand with economic opportunity.” He told the supportive crowd, “we’ve got to pick up the torch of economic justice.”
Obama also said the nation should not “roll back” its many civil rights gains, whether in voting rights or the criminal justice system.
During a discussion of public safety, Obama touched on this week’s violence in his hometown of Chicago, as well as Monday’s mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.
Children should be able to walk down the street “free from the fear that they will be struck down by a stray bullet,” Obama said.
After the speech, the president did a rope line.
The motorcade left the convention center at 9:40 p.m., arrived back at the White House at 9:46 p.m.
That’s a wrap.