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This Week In Pool Reports

This week in pool reports, Mark Silva asks, “It’s 1 pm at the White House. The pool call rings. The pool’s asleep. Who’re you going to trust?”

  • “POTUS met with the Prime Minister of Poland today and your pooler was in the Oval Office when they spoke to the media afterward. The room was very crowded as there were about a dozen Polish journalists in attendance. Also, and this was interesting, the entire exchange was done with translators. See transcript for actual remarks. … We can’t imagine that both leaders coordinated their attire for today’s meeting, but it can be noted, in case anyone cares, that although they both wore dark suits with white button shirts, POTUS wore a light blue tie while PMOP wore a red tie. POTUS also wore an American Flag lapel pin, as is customary.” — Malia Rulon, Gannett News Service

  • “POTUS had a late night on Saturday at the Gridiron Dinner and lost an hourto Daylight Saving. But he was still up early to go mountain biking on acrisp, bright Sunday morning. He emerged from the White House in his mountain biking gear at 8.42am and the motorcade pulled away moments later, arriving at the Beltsville Secret Service training facility at 9.05am. Pool watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on TV in the break room — still as funny 21 years later — while POTUS go this exercise.” — Andrew Ward, The Financial Times

  • “No sightings. No news. No nothing. Please check with your cordial Pentagon sources for word on what went on during just under two hour session.” — Ken Herman, Cox Newspapers

  • “He also recalled that his father, Richard Cheney, went through boot camp at Great Lakes during World War II. When his father came home on leave, when Cheney was 4, he explained to young Dick he was a yeoman in the Navy, showing the bird-like insignia on his shoulder. ‘I concluded that when Dad was at home, he was just Dad — but when he went back to the Navy, he turned into a bird,’ Cheney said. ‘So you see, very early in life, I decided that the United States Navy could do just about anything.’” — Matt Stearns, McClatchy Newspapers

  • “POTUS left the White House about 9:23 a.m. for an uneventful motorcade ride down Pennsylvania Avenue and up 6th St. NW to the Washington Convention Center and a tour of and speech to the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference. … Second tour stop: a Mack truck with a hybrid Volvo engine. Third tour stop: A GE wind energy exhibit. Your pool did hear a snatch of POTUS comment during that one: ‘We’ve got a lot in Texas,’ presumably referring towind-powered energy.” — Jonathan Riskind, Columbus Dispatch

  • “Oops…. That pool report should have said King Abdullah II, not Hussein. My apologies.” — Linda Feldmann, The Christian Science Monitor

  • “Outside in the sunshine, Barney, methinks, was trying to snatch a soccer ball with his jaws. The black dog chased the white ball around the South Lawn and across the driveway to the Oval Office side barking at the ball repeatedly. There are buds on the cherry trees in the Rose Garden, and this is it for the pool.” — Mark Silva, Chicago Tribune

  • “It’s 1 pm at the White House. The pool call rings. The pool’s asleep. Who’re you going to trust?” — Silva

  • “Pres bush exited plane in waco carrying one of the two black Scottish terriers, probably barney and not the lesser-favored female (name? Ms Beasley?) Boarded marine one.” — Nick Lewis, New York Times

  • “We walked down the colonnade towards lower press, but when we came to the door, an agent asked us to stop. It wasn’t clear at first why, and one reporter asked if he could go through, before realizing that VPOTUS was standing inside the doorway, waiting to walk through. VPOTUS said he would stand aside and let us go through. ‘Surely not,’ the reporter said. ‘I insist,’ said VPOTUS. And so the intrepid reporter went through into lower press. The rest of us were not so bold, or brash, depending on your point of view. We basically stood there until it was clear that VPOTUS would have to walk through. He rolled his eyes and smiled, and said, ‘I tried,’ and then strolled on past, in the direction of the east wing.” — Jon Ward, The Washington Times

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    This Week In Pool Reports

    The Bushes celebrate the festival of lights, and taunt the pool with food they can’t have.

  • “The Oval Office had a festive atmosphere, with a Christmas tree decorated with large golden ornaments beside the Rose Garden door and an arrangement of large pine cones above the fireplace. Officials milling behind POTUS’s desk included Hadley, Negroponte and Perino. Bush said he was looking forward to lunch with the president but warned it may not be as good as the food he enjoyed during his last trip to Italy.” — Andrew Ward, The Financial Times

  • “The president marked the Jewish festival of lights at Hanukkah reception. About a hundred guests filled the Grand Foyer for a 20-minute candle lighting ceremony. Six festive Christmas trees were in the corners, but the focus of the tableau was a menorah that once belonged to the great-grandfather of slain Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl. Pearl’s parents sat in the front row with the First Lady as Mr. Bush recounted the miracle of Hanukkah, and the stories of Daniel Pearl and the family candelabrum. The transcript has already moved. The president drew a parallel between Maccabees’ fight against religious oppression, and Pearl’s ‘lifelong pursuit of truth and tolerance.’ Two Jewish cabinet members were on hand, Michael Chertoff and Michael Mukasey. Like most of the men in the crowd, they wore yarmulkes. The who’s who included Elliott Abrams, Ken Mehlman, Josh Bolten, Rep. Eric Cantor, and White House chief of protocol Nancy Brinker. A man sitting in front of Mehlman wore a yarmulke decorated with a “W” and the words ‘The President.’” — Todd Gillman, Dallas Morning News

  • “What’s a party without a nosh? The feast reportedly included potato latkes, apple latkes, baby lamb chops and smoked salmon. Alas, the pool was ushered out and didn’t get to partake.” — Gillman

  • Apparently a light rain did not stop the president from riding. The bikes that they pulled off the back of the cars back at the white house were quite muddy.” — Jason Embry, Cox Newspapers

  • The POTUS sat, lips zipped and smiling, afterward, as the pool was being ushered out and an intrepid pooler called out the question: What are the American people to make of the CIA’s destruction of videotapes? And the pool, which had been asked not to ask questions, was shown the door. The president’s body language, however, appeared positively upbeat.” — Mark Silva, Chicago Tribune

  • This Week In Pool Reports

    Some leftover Aussie details, POTUS makes a new friend and say cheese!

  • “POTUS and the other leaders emerged from the Sydney Opera House at about 1:15 p.m. in brown Drizabone (it’s a trade name — www.drizabone.com.au) coats, just above the knee, with different colored collars: pink, blue, green and yellow. POTUS had blue. The coats had APEC Austalia 2007, with the APEC star logo embroidered on the left side, near the lapel.” — Sheryl Stolberg, New York Times

  • “After a bit more rustling, a voice from the back of the press corps, which numbered about 200: ‘Okay, Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m Matt, the house photographer. Let’s see a big smile.’ At which point POTUS smiled, but not a hearty smile, more a forced one. Someone shouted out and asked the leaders to wave, and they all did — all using their right hands, excpet for POTUS, who used his left. It was kind of a lame wave, about halfway up his body. One leader wore a matching hat: Stephen Harper of Canada. POTUS apparently knew better.” — Stolberg

  • “Just a photo op. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was already in the room admiring the view with Australian PM John Howard when POTUS arrived. Howard let out a robust, ‘Morning, George,’ to which Bush replied, ‘How are you?’ Howard then asked, ‘Did you sleep well?’ but your pool could not hear the president reply.” — Maura Reynolds, Los Angeles Times

  • “The rooftop executive lounge had a stunning view of Sydney harbor, with the bridge to the left and a more or less top-down view of the roof of the Opera House. A table was set up in the glassed-in corner with fruit plates already laid. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab entered after Bush to accompany him at the breakfast.” — Reynolds

  • “It took a South Korean president to make POTUS and Putin look best friends again. Lots of warm words, jokes and consensual language in brief press remarks after their meeting. POTUS looked relieved.” — Andrew Ward, The Financial Times

  • Condoleezza Rice was caught in the press scrum leaving the room, commenting to no-one in particular that she was hurrying to catch a ride. But she was stopped in her tracks by Putin, who was lingering outside the room. ‘Condi! Condi!’ he called after her as she strode away. Rice turned back and the pair embraced warmly before going their separate ways.” — Ward

  • “US officials in the meeting: Rice, Jeffrey, Schwab, Price, Perino. Short, uneventful motorcades to and from the Marriot. We now have a lid, with POTUS back at the InterCon.” — Ward