The pool was ushered into the Roosevelt Room at 10:41 for a surprise appearance from the president at the school choice event with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
The president was already in the room standing with a group of elementary-age children in matching blue polos when pool entered. Vice President Mike Pence was also at the event.
"I've been listening for two minutes," the president joked as DeVos was speaking. "You've done a great job, right?"
"Yesterday I said our spending bill was an amazing win for the American people. This is what winning for young children and kids from all over the country looks like. The opportunity scholarship program that we are funding allows families in the inner city of our nation's capital to leave failing public schools and attend a private school, making an extraordinary difference in these incredible young lives."
"You're so lucky," he said to laughter and applause. "Are you happy about it?"
"The results speak for themselves. 98 percent of scholarship recipients represent their high school diplomas. They're very, very special. You're all going to be very successful, right? Great start."
"It's a beautiful event and I'm thrilled to be here. You're all proud of your children I hope?" he said to the families also in the room.
"During my campaign for president, I promised to fight for school choice," he continued. "Very important. It was featured in my joint address to Congress and today I'm calling on all lawmakers to work with us to help extend school choice to millions more children all across the United States of America, including millions of low-income Hispanic and African American children who deserve the same chance as every other child to live out their dreams and fill up their hearts and be educated at the top, top level."
"Every child has right to fulfill their potential. If we do our jobs, then we will never have to tell young, striving Americans to defer their dreams for another day or for another decade. We are not going to do that. I'm so honored to be here. So proud to be with these families and children..."
"You know, I wasn't supposed to be here. It wasn't on my schedule. But when I heard what was going on with Betsy, who is doing such a great job, I said, 'Well, I'll come in and I'll interrupt Betsy, and maybe I'll be allowed to speak.' She's doing a fantastic job. Congratulations to all of you."
Pool was then ushered out of the room after the president left.