President announces U.S. and Brazil will sign an open skies pact, as well as a trade and cooperation agreement Saturday.
Pool Report 6:
Bit of news: Obama told CEOs at a forum that the U.S. and Brazil will sign an open skies agreement, as well as a trade and cooperation agreement.
Immediately after the open-press, non-press conference, pool departed with President Obama to the Palacio do Itamaraty, where he and Rousseff sat the head of a hollow, square table and made remarks. Sixteen CEOs, all middle-aged men, as far as your pooler could tell, sat along either side. Some U.S. officials, including Valerie Jarrett, sat behind the CEOs.
Obama spoke first to the group, telling them that he support cooperation between the countries. He said something to the effect of “Brazil is on the march (not sure about word “march”) and the United States is excited about Brazil’s rapid” climb. The goal today is to make sure they are facilitating this work.
He then announced that the two countries would be signing an open skies agreement and a trade and cooperation agreement. “We’re pleased to do that,” he said. He said that there was talk about modifying visa rules but that issue is “not all worked through” yet. “We are making progress and will continue to do so.”
He said he hopes for continued progress on the Doha round of talks.
He made the same joke as in his statement that it pains him to talk about Brazil Olympics 2016 but said he sees potential trade opportunities associated with that.
Pool was escorted out as Rousseff began to speak.
Your pooler was unable to get the rest of what he said (nothing all that newsy) due to extreme pushing and shoving of the Brazilian press corps and feels lucky to have emerged with all her limbs intact.
Pool is now awaiting toasts at the official luncheon.
Pool Report 2:
Air Force One touched down in Brasilia at 7:29 a.m. local time on a
warm, drizzly day. At 7:42 a.m., potus left the plane and came down
the stairs, along with the first lady and their two daughters, Sasha
and Malia. Potus was in a dark blue suit; Michelle in a rust-colored
sun dress; Malia, a navy jacket and multi-colored skirt; Sasha, a grey
and pink dress.
A couple of minutes later the first lady’s mother, Marian Robinson,
and the girls’ godmother, Eleanor Kaye Wilson (“Mama Kaye”) walked
down the stairs.
The first family spent a few minutes greeting a Brazilian and U.S.
delegation (listed below) on the tarmac. Before getting in the
motorcade, Sasha put her arm around her dad.
Co-pooler Laura Meckler spotted White House chief of staff William
Daley and Mike Froman, deputy national security advisor, in the
We’re rolling toward the Royal Tulip Hotel. A few spectators on the
motorcade route took pictures and video as we passed. One held up an
During the flight down, Jay Carney, making his inaugural foreign trip
as White House press secretary, came back to the press cabin to chat.
Carney’s predecessor once stuck his foot in a doorway in India to
ensure the press could get into a bilateral meeting. Asked if he was
willing to sacrifice a foot for the White House press corps, Carney
said, “Maybe a toe.’’
Greeters at the airport:
Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon- United States Ambassador to Brazil
Lisa Kubiske- Deputy Chief of the United States Mission in Brazil
Colonel Sam Prugh- Defense Attache
Ambassador Mauro Vieira- Brazil Ambassador to the United States
Ambassador Maria de Lujan- Head of Foreign Ministry Protocol
Col. Geraldo Corrêa de Lyra Jr- Commander of Brasília Air Base
Correction in first pool report. Marian Robinson is, of course, the
first lady’s mother and potus’s mother-in-law.