VPOTUS Pool report
March 24, 2010
The Baltimore Sun
VPOTUS spoke at a fundraising reception at the home of Baltimore-based developer
David S. Cordish, addressing his open mic gaffe from Tuesday and predicting some
Democratic losses in November.
With former Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D- Md) in attendance, he said, "I would have
never made the faux pas I made the other day if you [Sarbanes] were still
around." He said all he could think after he learned the comment had been
picked up was "Thank God my mom's not ..."; the rest of comment was drowned out by
He said POTUS said at the morning presidential briefing: "You know what the best
thing about yesterday was? Joe's comment." He also said POTUS told him that he
attempted to have a t-shirt made with his remark emblazoned on it but couldn't
get it in time.
He told the crowd that he told POTUS: "If you thought it was so good, why didn't
you say it?"
Talked about recent health care legislation being passed. "The thing this
portends the most is that this country is capable of handling complex,
ideological divisive, consequential issues. If we were unable to move the ball
on this issue, not only in the political sense might we be dead... But in terms
of being able to deal with other major issues on our plate, we would've been
done. Absolutely done."
"What happened two days ago represents fundamental change in an incredibly,
incredibly difficult political environment."
He said "reports of the demise of the Democratic party in November are
premature," to applause, but also predicted Democratic losses in the fall. He
said he would be more specific if not for the reporter in the room.
"We're going to have losses. ... Barack generated such an overwhelming turnout
and enthusiasm, that we had the biggest turnout in history. It was gigantic. And
a lot of really good Democrats got washed up on shore and all of a sudden were
Congressmen, in districts that Democrats have no business having Congressmen.
I'm not here to tell you we're gaining seats. But I'm telling you, we're going
to go into the second half of our administration, with a solid Democratic
majority in the House and the Senate, and with the wind at our backs."
He said Republicans were dishonest about their interest in health care. "The ace
we have in our pocket is the Republican party. The Republicans concluded that
their success lies in our failure."
He claimed that he knows of at least seven senators who want to vote with
Democrats but were instructed by the party not to. "The American people are
smart. They smell a rat. They know there was nothing about trying to get a
About 60 people attended the fundraiser at Cordish's home in Lutherville, just
north of Baltimore. Ticket prices started at $2,500 per person.
On the menu: mixed greens salad, fresh grilled vegetables, saffron infused rice,
seafood Newberg with jumbo shrimp, fresh lobster, and fresh crab, blueberry
crisp with vanilla ice cream. VPOTUS addressed crowd in a living room, walking
out from behind podium to talk from near the center of the room.
In addition to Sarbanes, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake, a Democrat
who recently became mayor after her predecessor was forced to step down as part
of a plea agreement, attended the event, hours after submitting a "doomsday"
city budget to the city council.
Your pool reporter awaited the beginning of the event by sitting in a 5-by-8
foot, Asian-themed room with mirrors on the walls and family photos in small
frames. Cordish three times brought guests, including VPOTUS, into the room to
show off a collection of books about opera singer Rosa Ponselle.
Cordish's privately held Cordish Co. helped reshape Baltimore's Inner Harbor and
is one of the most acclaimed commercial developers in the country. His company
has carried out successful projects in Houston, Charleston, S.C., and partnered
with a Florida Seminole Indian tribe to build casinos in Tampa and Hollywood,