THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT THE CONGRESSIONAL PICNIC The South Lawn
7:58 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Let me welcome you to the back lawn of the White House. I believe this is the first time in the three years we've done this when we have not had a tent. And thank goodness the weather cooperated. But as a result of that, we all have a lot more room to get up and walk around. And I think it's a little cooler and breezier than it normally is. We're delighted to have you all here.
I want to thank the Marine Free Country Band that was playing a little bit before we came up. (Applause.) They did a great job. (Applause.) And I want to say a special thanks to David Sanborne and the Manhattan School of Music Orchestra who are about to entertain us -- (applause) -- and who are quite wonderful. (Applause.)
We're going to listen to them play a few songs, and then I want -- Hillary and I want to get up and kind of wander around and say hello to all of you. I want to thank you again for coming, and echo the Vice President's words -- we really look forward to this every year, a time when members of Congress can come and bring their families and just relax and have a good time and enjoy this wonderful place that is America's home. I think it puts us all in a little better frame of mind. And I know it always energizes me to get up in the morning and go to work with a more positive outlook.
We're delighted to see you. We welcome you. And let's get on with the show. Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you. (Applause.)
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