Alas, he wrapped up minutes later. He thanked the room for their years of work on VAWA and told them, with his voice just above a whisper, that there is "nothing, nothing, nothing I've ever been engaged in matters to me more that what you've made real."
Pool was ushered out immediately. But not before your pooler watched Biden disappear into the crowd, and then reappear back at mic and announced that anyone who is "fool enough to want a picture" with him can come into the back room with a photographer.
Other notes: Jill Biden spoke briefly at the beginning, talked about visiting with women in various countries and being inspired by their strength and successes. Mood of the room was somewhat giddy. Waiters were walking around with glasses of wine and trays of sliced figs with a tiny piece of cheese on top. A handful of lawmakers were in attendance, including Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Amy Klobuchar (D- Minn.), along with Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.). Coons' mom was there too.
That's a wrap. Literally.