At 9:37 VPOTUS entered flight deck control, inside the island on the starboard side of the ship.
It serves as the nerve center of flight deck operations and has views on two sides out to the flight deck. Today you can see the platform for VPOTUS's remarks, assembled personnel a rider and an F-18.
Inside VPOTUS saluted junior sailors - some sailors of the year, sailors of the quarter etc - asking them where they are from, how long they have been aboard and so on.
VPOTUS told them he had spoken to the president this morning and he said "'tell them I'm proud of them, tell em I wish I were where you are'"
VPOTUS then walked over the 'ouija board' a traditional, physical, table top model of the flight deck and hanger bay, used for monitoring all the many moving pieces.
VPOTUS told Aircraft Handling Officer Lt. Commander Flournoy " I know what this is!" adding that a decade ago he was on another aircraft carrier that had something similar.
We are now awaiting remarks that are open press.