From pool reporter Kendra Marr of Politico, traveling with the President.
Surprise stop: La Follette High School
(As in Robert L. La Follette)
Lots of shrieking — “Oohh myyy god! It’s the president!”
Obama posed with a photo with five volleyball players.
And he walked over to the football team — the Lancers — huddled in the middle of the football practice field.
The freshman, sophomore and varsity teams welcomed him with a 1 … 2 … 3 … Clap
Your pooler was kept five yard lines away, so very, very small snippets of conversation could actually be heard.
Obama stood while the players all took a knee around him.
At one point Obama was asking question, and the team replied “Yes sir”
ABC’s boom mic man said there was some ribbing of the coach and the team gave the president a t-shirt
At the end of the pep talk, the players got up, raised their helmets and did a cheer — sounded like “Lancers!”
(Bill Burton reported back to your pooler that Obama encouraged the kids to work hard on the field and in classroom. He said the Packers lost to the Bears last night because of “mental mistakes and turnovers.” He also talked about his own experiences playing football, basketball and tennis.)
The ladies tennis team had been sitting on the sidelines. Obama walked over and shook hands.
Again you pooler was kept at a distance.
Afterwards he greeted the throngs of students gathered around the school gym.
Burton also emails:
• The administration remains in constant contact with the Governors’ offices in Wisconsin and in Minnesota, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been providing sandbags and assistance to help communities dealing with the floods. We will continue working with the states to make sure they have the support that they need to respond to, and recover from, this trying event.
We would like to thank the first responders who have been on the scene throughout these floods, putting themselves in harm’s way to save lives and protect property. These men and women represent the best of America, and they deserve our thanks.
Communities across the state have come together to face this threat, with neighbor reaching out to help neighbor, showing the best in all of us.