Empire State of Mind

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Obama dedicates Ronald H. Brown U.S. Mission building to the U.N. Tuesday afternoon in New York.

“Ron wasn’t a diplomat in the traditional sense…[he] embodied the values and ideals—that sense of possibility—that is at the heart of the American story.”

After: POTUS speaks at two DNC events in the evening.

Pool Report:

After holding at a restaurant next door, pool ushered at around 6:50 PM into the main floor of celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster restaurant, at 125th St and Lenox Ave in Harlem. The two-tiered restaurant opened in December. Top floor is an open space dominated by a wood bar and a four-piece jazz band. Pooler can report the food is as good as advertised. Still trying to get a dinner menu for the event, but the restaurant advertises specialties such as cornbread, steak frites, fried chicken, shrimp and grits.

A few minutes later, print pool was ushered downstairs to tonight’s DNC fundraiser. About 50 people, including Harlem’s own Rep. Charlie Rangel, were arrayed at six tables in an attractive dining room with low lighting and red walls. Guests shelled out $30,800 per plate for the event, which is expected to raise $1.5 million for the DNC. Each table appeared to have one empty chair– presumably for Obama or aides to sit and schmooze, though pool was hustled out after POTUS’s brief remarks so cannot confirm.

POTUS introduced by DNC Chair Tim Kaine, an early supporter. “I’ve often said, even better than being a part of a historical” campaign is “the opportunity to play a small part in a transformative presidency,” Kaine said.

In very brief remarks, Obama repaid the tribute, and acknowledged rumors that Kaine, formerly Virginia’s governor, will run for Senate. “There has been some speculation about our DNC chair plunging back into the hurly-burly of electoral politics,” Obama said. “I don’t know if those rumors are true, but what I do know is that I cannot imagine someone who has been a better partner to me, a better friend…Should he choose to do so, he would be an outstanding senator for the commonwealth of Virginia.”

“This is also a challenging time,” POTUS continued. “I could not do what I do…if I didn’t know that I have a lot of people rooting for me, a lot of people supporting me.”

“I want you each of you to know that I’m very very grateful for your friendship,” Obama said.

With that, pool whisked back upstairs just after 7 PM to hold.

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