Joe Biden

Pool Reports of January 19, 2024

January 19, 2024

Pool Reports by Yasmeen Abutaleb, The Washington Post

Sent: Reports:
January 19, 2024

In-town pool report #1

Good morning on this snowy Friday. The call time has been pushed back to 12 pm.

January 19, 2024

In-town pool report #2 - checking in

Checking in from a picturesque, snow-covered White House. We have no changes to the schedule so far. A reminder of what's on deck today:


In the morning, the President will receive the President’s Daily Brief. This meeting will be closed press.

In the afternoon, the President will welcome bipartisan mayors attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting to the White House. The President will highlight ongoing partnership between federal and local governments to ensure communities across the country realize the full potential of the Investing in America agenda. This event in the East Room will be open to pre-credentialed media and pooled for TV. [RSVP here [] by 8:00 AM ET]

In the evening, the President will depart the White House en route to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The departure from the South Lawn will open press. The arrival in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware will be covered by the out-of-town pool.

In-Town Pool
Wires: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg
Wire Photos: AP, Reuters, AFP, NYT
TV Corr & Crew: CBS
Print: Washington Post
Radio: BBC

Out-of-Town Pool
Wires: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg
Wire Photos: AP, Reuters, AFP, NYT
TV Corr & Crew: CBS
Print: Washington Examiner

Supplemental Pool
Wires: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg
Wire Photos: AP, Reuters, AFP, NYT
TV Corr & Crew: CBS
Print: VOA


10:00 AM In-Town Pool Call Time

10:00 AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
Closed Press

12:00 PM Out-of-Town Pool Call Time

3:45 PM THE PRESIDENT welcomes bipartisan mayors attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting to the White House
East Room
Pre-Credentialed Media & Pooled for TV (Gather 3:30 PM – Palm Room Doors) [
RSVP here [] by 8:00 AM ET]

4:00 PM Supplemental Pool Call Time

5:45 PM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
South Lawn
Open Press (Gather 5:35 PM – Palm Room Doors)

6:40 PM THE PRESIDENT arrives in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Out-of-Town Pool

Briefing Schedule

­­­1:30 PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and NSC Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby

January 19, 2024

In-town pool report #3 - Biden/Netanyahu call

The White House sends this along:

President Biden spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to discuss the latest developments in Israel and Gaza. A readout of the call will be issued soon.

January 19, 2024

In-town pool report #4: Two-minute warning to briefing

Two-minute warning for the briefing

January 19, 2024

In-town pool report #5 - Briefing underway

The briefing started at 1:48 pm

January 19, 2024

In-town pool report #6 - briefing over

The briefing ended at 2:54 pm, running just over an hour.

January 19, 2024

In-town pool report #7 - gather

Pool is gathering now for Biden's event with mayors

January 19, 2024

In-town pool report #8 - mayors event starts

The president's event with mayors is underway. From the White House:

The President is welcoming bipartisan mayors attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting to the White House.

Speaking Program
Hillary Shieve, Mayor of Reno, Nevada
The President
David Holt, Mayor of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma asks the President a question
Katie Rosenberg, Mayor of Wausau, Wisconsin asks the President a question

Expected Attendees:

Mayor Marilyn Ezzy, Alameda, CA

Mayor Katherine Sheehan, Albany, NY

Mayor Timothy Keller, Albuquerque, NM

Mayor Ross Maza, Alhambra, CA

Mayor Matthew Tuerk, Allentown, PA

Mayor Ashleigh Aitken, Anaheim, CA

Mayor Thomas Broderick Jr., Anderson, IN

Mayor Lamar Thorpe, Antioch, CA

Mayor Jimmy Ross, Arlington, TX

Mayor Kelly Girtz, Athens, GA

Mayor Andre Dickens, Atlanta, GA

Mayor Jasmine Sims, Augusta, GA

Mayor Garnett Johnson, Augusta, GA

Mayor Kirk Watson, Austin, TX

Mayor Emmanuel Estrada, Baldwin Park, CA

Mayor Roy West Jr, Beaumont, TX

Mayor Julian Gold, Beverly Hills, CA

Mayor Michael Cahill, Beverly, MA

Mayor Mboka Mwilambwe, Bloomington, IL

Mayor Carolyn Thomson, Bloomington, IN

Mayor Timothy Busse, Bloomington, MN

Mayor Scott Singer, Boca Raton, FL

Mayor EmirTyrone Penserga, Boynton Beach, FL

Mayor Robert Sullivan, Brockton, MA

Mayor John Cowen, Brownsville, TX

Mayor Susan Sonne, Buena Park, CA

Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, Burnsville, MN

Mayor Martha Guerrero, West Sacramento, CA

Mayor ariel pe, Lakewood, CA

Mayor Jarom Wagoner, Caldwell, ID

Mayor Susan Landry, Campbell, CA

Mayor AnneMarie Graham Hudak, Canton, MI

Mayor Javier Lopez, Ceres CA

Mayor Brian Mock, Chamblee, GA

Mayor Timothy Kelly, Chattanooga, TN

Mayor Stefan Roots, Chester, PA

Mayor Tess Mason Elder, Chevy Chase, MD

Mayor Brandon Johnson, Chicago, IL

Mayor Jared Kraham, City of Binghamton, NY

Mayor Kahlil Seren, Cleveland Heights, OH

Mayor Justin Bibb, Cleveland, OH

Mayor Blessing Mobolade, Colorado Springs, CO

Mayor Barbara Buffaloe, Columbia, MO

Mayor Andrew Ginther, Columbus, OH

Mayor Wesley Mays, Coppell, TX

Mayor Scott Brook, Coral Springs, FL

Mayor Roberto Lopes Alves, CT

Mayor YasmineImani McMorrin, Culver City, CA

Mayor Juslyn Manalo, Daly City, CA

Mayor Archibald Ryan IV, Dania Beach, FL

Mayor Karen Stepper, Danville, CA

Mayor Jeffrey Mims, Dayton, OH

Mayor Derrick Henry, Daytona Beach, FL

Mayor Connie Boesen, Des Moines, IA

Mayor Melissa Hernandez Strah, Dublin CA

Mayor Bradley Cavanagh, Dubuque, IA

Mayor Derrick Wood, Dumfries, VA

Mayor Ronald Case, Eden Prairie, MN

Mayor James Hovland, Edina, MN

Mayor Ramiro Garza Jr., Edinburg, TX

Mayor Courtney Welch, Emeryville, CA

Mayor Justin Brooks, Erie, CO

Mayor Cassandra Franklin, Everett, WA

Mayor Timothy Mahoney, Fargo, ND

Mayor Theresa Orlaske Rich, Farmington Hills, MI

Mayor David Billings, Fate, Texas

Mayor James Ferrell, Federal Way, WA

Mayor Christina Muryn, Findlay, OH

Mayor Rebecca Daggett, Flagstaff, AZ

Mayor Sheldon Neeley, Flint, MI

Mayor Acquanetta Warren, Fontana, CA

Mayor Michael Wilkerson, Frankfort, KY

Mayor Lily Kao Mei, Fremont, CA

Mayor Jerry Dyer, Fresno, CA

Mayor Mark Jacobs, Garden city, mi

Mayor Eddie Melton, Gary, IN

Mayor Anna Stout, Grand Junction, CO

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Grand Rapids, MI

Mayor Travis Stovall, Gresham, OR

Mayor Rosachely Rivera, Gurabo, Puerto Rico

Mayor Jeffrey Martin, Hamilton, NJ

Mayor Rodney Craig, Hanover Par

January 19, 2024

In-town pool report #9 - event ends/Biden quotes

Biden began speaking to the room full of mayors at 4:05 pm and spoke until 4:42 pm. The audience chanted "four more years" after Biden finished his remarks. He took questions from a few mayors afterwards and finished at 4:56 pm.

Biden took some questions from reporters on his way out but your pooler was not in position to hear. Working to get the audio and quotes to you asap.

He talked a little bit about the border and the Senate bill at the end of his remarks. A couple quotes on that at the bottom of this note.

POTUS made several jokes to big laughs from the room. He touted investments and projects that have been announced across the country from the bipartisan infrastructure law. A few quotes from the event:

"We have some good news - we just signed a bill to keep the government open," Biden said. "Some days that counts as progress," Biden added to laughs.

"Mayors get the job done." He highlighted a few former mayors in his administration, including Marty Walsh, Pete Buttigieg and Mitch Landrieu. He said today was Buttigieg's birthday. "He just turned 30," Biden joked.

"A lot of folks who have voted against everything I've done are now announcing all these great projects."

"How can we have the best economy in the world if we don't have the best infrastructure? Not a joke."

He said former President Trump had several "infrastructure weeks" without anything to show for it. "Now we have an infrastructure decade."

He talked about his administration's efforts to address climate change.

He then talked about gun violence. "When we passed the second amendment, you weren't allowed to have a cannon."

"If you're really worried about the government, you need an F16, not an AR15."

About 20 minutes in, Biden turned to the border. "I've been very clear from the beginning: the system is broken." He talked about the proposal he sent to Congress at the beginning of his administration.

"I'm ready to act," Biden said. "I think next week we ought to be able to work out something, at least in the Senate." He said he hoped it would be bipartisan.

He said his administration made it so Medicare can negotiate drug prices. "I've been fighting that for 2,000 years," Biden said.

He reiterated that he thinks part of the reason Hamas attacked Israel was because the U.S. was working to normalize relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia.

January 19, 2024

In-town pool report #10 - Biden Q&A

A couple quick quotes, thanks to help from fellow co-poolers. More coming soon.

Is a two-state solution impossible as long as Bobi is in power? "No it's not." He went on to say Bibi was not opposed to all two-state solutions. He was then asked if he spoke about it with Bibi this morning and he nodded.

Biden was asked if Trump is trying to derail negotiations on Ukraine and the border. "Ask him," Biden said.

He was asked what do you think about House Republicans trying to impeach Mayorkas. "I don't get it."

Do you think to it admin's policy have caused any of these problems at the border? "No."

Is the border secure? "No."

January 19, 2024

In-town pool report #11 - fuller quotes

Fuller quotes from Biden's impromptu gaggle at the end of the mayors event. Many thanks to Seung Min Kim for these quotes.

Is a two-state solution impossible with Bibi still in office? "No it's not."

Is the former president trying to derail negotiations on Ukraine? "I'd ask him."

Are you going to reconsider conditions on Israel aid given what Bibi said on a two-state solution? "I think we'll be able to work something out."

How? "There are a number of types of two-state solutions. There's a number of countries that are members of the UN that are still — don't have their own militaries. Number of states that have limitations on (inaudible). And so I think there's ways in which this could work."

What is Bibi open to? "I'll let you know."

January 19, 2024

In-town pool report #12 - photo line

The White House sends this along:

The President is participating in a photoline with new mayors:

Mayor Yemi Mobolade, Colorado Springs, CO
Mayor Brandon Johnson, Chicago, IL
Mayor Shammas Malik, Akron, OH
Mayor Donna Deegan, Jacksonville, FL
Mayor Freddie O’Connell, Nashville, TN
Mayor Lori Stone, Warren, MI
Mayor Arunan Arulampalam, Hartford, CT
Mayor Leonardo Williams, Durham, NC
Mayor Roberto Alves, Danbury, CT

Pool Reports below by Sayed Aziz Rahman, Voice of America

Sent: Reports:
January 19, 2024

Supplemental Pool#1 - Motorcading to JBA

Good evening,

As you are aware, POTUS is heading to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware this evening. Due to the bad weather, the President will now motorcade from the WH to JBA. It's 5:56pm and pool is waiting in vans for the President to leave for JBA.

January 19, 2024

Supplemental Pool#2 - Rolling

At 6:18pm, the motorcade began to move. It's dark, no eyes on the President while boarding the vehicle.

January 19, 2024

Supplemental Pool#3 - JBA Arrival/Travellers

At 6:46pm, the motorcade arrived at JBA. Upon arrival, POTUS boarded AF1. No Q&A. Since there will be no internet connection, consider this as wheels up.

Per WH:

Traveling with the President via motorcade en route to Joint Base Andrews:

Bruce Reed, Assistant to the President & Deputy Chief of Staff
Marc Gustafson, Special Assistant to the President & Senior Director for the White House Situation Room
Andrew Bates, Special Assistant to the President & Deputy Press Secretary & Senior Communications Advisor for Strategic Response.

Pool Reports below by Christian Datoc, Washington Examiner

Sent: Reports:
January 19, 2024

Travel pool report #1 — rolling

Picking up from supplemental...

To quote Wayne Campbell, "Hi, I'm Delaware."

POTUS deplaned as motorcade moved into position at 7:34pm, and we're rolling for Rehoboth as of 7:37pm

January 19, 2024

Travel pool report #2 — travelers

Passing along from the White House —

Traveling with the President via motorcade en route to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware:

Bruce Reed, Assistant to the President & Deputy Chief of Staff
Marc Gustafson, Special Assistant to the President & Senior Director for the White House Situation Room

January 19, 2024

In-town pool report #3 — arrival

Motorcade dropped POTUS off at his Rehoboth Beach home at 8:35pm. Pool did not see the President exit the motorcade

January 19, 2024

In-town travel pool report #4 — lid

... called at 8:38pm. Have a great night

January 19, 2024

In-town pool report #5 — week ahead

Passing along...

WEEK AHEAD 1/20 - 1/28

On Saturday, the President and the First Lady will remain in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

On Monday, the President will return to the White House.

In the afternoon, the President will convene a meeting of his Reproductive Health Task Force to mark the 51st anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

On Tuesday, the President, the First Lady, the Vice President, and the Second Gentleman will travel to Northern Virginia to participate in a campaign event.

After, the President and the First Lady will return to the White House.

On Saturday, the President will travel to South Carolina.

On Sunday, the President will return to the White House.

Joseph R. Biden, Pool Reports of January 19, 2024 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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