From: Chambers, Francesca
Sent: Thursday, December 2, 2021 7:01 PM
Subject: [EXTERNAL] POTUS Pool Report #13: POTUS remarks
At 6:45 PM Deb Haaland, the secretary of the Interior, took the stage.
She noted that this the event us taking place in a national park.
Shw also said: I'm grateful to join you on the ancestral homelands of the Anacostia and in Piscataway people.
At 6:47 she welcomed the Bidens to the stage.
POTUS opened with his my name is Joe and I am Jill's husband line. He also wished Haaland a happy birthday and said she was making him look good.
Of LL Cool J he said, "He looks like he can still play."
POTUS added: I'm not talking about instruments. I'm talking about football or something man. Anyway...
He brought up those who had lost lived ones because of the virus or some other cruel twist of fate or accident and thanked service members.
"We are a great nation because of you the American people," he said. "We have so much ahead of us."
"So merry Christmas America. May God bless you all and may God bless our troops."
He concluded his remarks at 6:51 and left as the event wrapped. Pool is walking back to the White House separately.