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This Week In Pool Reports

Hey tourists! Were you on a Tourmobile staring at the Jefferson last week? Look to your left next time — that was the President.

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This Week In Pool Reports

This week, the motorcade has some technical issues, POTUS is victim to an unfortunate seating arrangement and Politico makes a rare pool appearance.

  • “The White House Scottish terriers Barney and Miss Beazley were sitting on a sunny South Lawn chewing on something when the pool was led into the Rose Garden access corridor to the Oval Office.” — Bartholomew Sullivan, Scripps Howard News Service

  • “After his remarks, POTUS did not take questions. However, when asked if he was any closer to finishing the stimulus package, POTUS offered a wink in the direction of the questioner and slight smile.” — Daniel W. Reilly, Politico

  • “Not much to add to the president’s brief statement at the top of his meeting with Congressional leaders. He took no questions and replied rather firmly, ‘Thank you all’ when one was shouted about how quickly an agreement needed to be done to be effective. He sat between Pelosi and Reid. When the president spoke of the legislative body not being the most orderly, Pelosi raised her eyebrows in mock surprise, and said something to Boehner at her side that was inaudible. The president went on to say that the leaders were committed to getting an agreement and would do so quickly.” — Steven Lee Myers, New York Times

  • “They walked over to a group of elementary school-aged kids during story time. Wrapping up, the reader asked the kids how they could make the world a better place. With the throng of us gathered around, the kids remained silent. ‘Love your neighbor,’ President Bush volunteered eagerly. The reader nodded approvingly.” — Charles Hurt, New York Post

  • “The motorcade left the White House grounds at about 8 am. and the ride was uneventful for the President. POTUS arrived at Fort Belvoir at about 8:20 am. (The package was without Press One for most of the ride out. The van pulled over on 14th St. between the mall and the bridge. Passengers said they felt a thumping and it turns out there was ‘a hunk of metal’ in the right rear tire, as one photographer explained. The motor pool dispatched a replacement van, and Press One rejoined Press Two at 8:42 am. at Fort Belvoir, in time for coffee). Per usual, your pool did not see POTUS or the peloton on the course. They rode for about 1 hour, 45 minutes while pool held at a coffee shop.” — Kenneth R. Bazinet, Daily News

  • “Bush greeted, shook hands and posed for pictures with workers throughout the facility, and used ‘hola’ to greet the numerous Hispanic workers. At the conclusion of the tour, Bush delivered his remarks on the need for an economic stimulus package, and admiring the ‘Stander,’ asked Wright to ‘crank this sucker up.’ After receiving a demonstration from Wright, Bush took the reigns, going forwards and backwards on the ‘Stander’ while waving to the press corps. Bush called it a ‘fine looking machine.’ The motorcade departed the factory at 2:13 p.m., driving through Frederick (past a woman with a life-size cutout of Bush), and departed for Washington at 2:29 p.m., arriving at the White House at 2:51.” — Andy Leonatti, CongressDaily

  • Report: Bohannon’s “last legal address was in Blackburn’s district.”

    Writing for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Washington correspondent Bartholomew Sullivan reports (emphasis added):

      But Shuster’s apology may have been premature. The tiny hamlet of Bon Aqua, Tenn., is where Bohannon lived in the months immediately prior to entering the Army. The Census Bureau places his home in Blackburn’s 7th Congressional District.

      He lived in Bon Aqua for “close to a year” immediately prior to entering the Army, said Tonya Taylor, 35, who permitted him to stay at her house while Bohannon was dating her daughter.

      Bohannon grew up, was home-schooled and was buried in McEwan, which is clearly in the 8th Congressional District of U.S. Rep. John Tanner, D-Tenn. But his last legal address was in Blackburn’s district.

    The Shuster haters will say that he still ambushed a Republican…

    (Exhibit A: Our favorite douchebaggery email ever from one “Joe Taylors.” “MR. GAVIN: I cant believe you cant believe a congressman/woman doesnt know the name of the last soldier killed in Iraq. I doubt you even know the name of the guy whose [REDACTED] you sucked last or your wife sucking on some basketball player.” Editor’s note: I’m super psyched to finally be married, apparently. Thank you, eHarmony!!!)

    …and Shuster supporters will note that Blackburn still couldn’t cough up the name of the last person from her district to die in Iraq.

    And so it goes…

    (earlier on FishbowlDC)

    This Week In Pool Reports

    This week, POTUS party hops and keeps an eye on Nick Robinson. Meanwhile, Mike Allen knows the difference between a 360 and a doughnut. Do you?

  • “POTUS walked to a farewell reception for Rob Portman at Blair House. ‘Just out for a stroll,’ he told the pool when he arrived at 4:32. He stayed for 17 minutes — long enough to determine that the party was ‘rockin” — before heading back across Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. The vice president left Blair House less than a minute after POTUS. Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, Josh Bolten, Joel Kaplan and Tony Snow also turned up to say so long to Portman, whose last day at OMB is Friday.” — Jay Pulizzi, Dow Jones

  • “What might not make the transcript was a last exchange between Bush and BBC correspondent Nick Robinson. Said Bush: ‘You better cover your bald head. It’s hot out here.’ Robinson responded: ‘I never knew you cared.’” — Bartholomew Sullivan, Scripps Howard News Service

  • “The President appeared to be in a jolly mood as he greeted the Prime Minister at a Camp David helipad at 5:55 p.m. The President escorted the Prime Minister to a golf cart labeled ‘Golf Cart One’ on the front. The President started to head off but then, with a flourish, took a tight, circular spin in front of the cameras, then smiled mischievously and waved as he sped off. Not quite a doughnut, but definitely a 360.” — Mike Allen, The Politico

  • “It was overcast when the pool left the White House but sunny when we arrived at the filing center, a few minutes down the mountain from Camp. Sheets of rain began during the outdoor equipment sweep. The women of Fox (travel pool) and CNN (transmission pool and head-on) fashioned ponchos from trash bags.” — Allen

  • “A bulletin board in the U.S. filing center is decorated with character-development thought bubbles encouraging ‘Respect,’ ‘Fairness,’ ‘Kindness’ and ‘Responsibility.’ It turns out those aren’t from the White House staff. The room is normally a classroom for a summer camp.” — Allen

  • This Week In Pool Reports

    A slow week in pool reports, but the illustrious Mike Allen makes an appearance and posing with the POTUS brings in less than a pic wit FLOTUS. And, of course, Miss Beasley knows who her master is.

  • “After the speech, the president worked a rope line as your pool was led out. The two-minute ride back to the White House was uneventful. When he exited his limousine, the president was greeted by Miss Beasley, with whom he strolled back to the Oval Office.” — Bartholomew Sullivan, Scripps Howard News Service

  • “With a little help from our friends in the Press Office: Marine One was wheels down from Andrews at 8:05 p.m. The President — wearing blue tie, white shirt and dark suit — was in a jaunty enough mood to wave toward the press pen. Marine One manifest included Air Force General John Pray of the National Security Council; Mr. Rove; Tony Fratto; The Honorable Jason Recher; and Jared Weinstein.” — Mike Allen, The Politico

  • “The fundraiser for New Jersey Republicans was held in a spartan,
    warehouse-sized convention and exposition center in Edison, about 20 minutes south of the airport. New Jersey Republican Party spokesman Todd Riffle said the fundraiser would generate about(dollars) 675,000 and draw about 700 donors. He described it as ‘easily the most successful fundraising event we’ve had since 2001′ in terms of cash. But he didn’t dispute the recollection of one audience member that photos with Laura Bush in 2004 in NJ were going for (dollars) 10,000, while photos with POTUS on Wednesday were going for (dollars) 5,000. Non-photo tickets were (dollars) 300. The money will go to support Republicans running in state legislative races as well as in local races this fall. Riffle at first said that photos had been dropped to (dollars) 3,000 but almost immediately corrected himself and said they were (dollars) 5,000. The concrete-floored room was lined in black cloth, giving the event a somewhat serious feel.” — John D. McKinnon, Wall Street Journal

  • This Week In Pool Reports

    A quiet week for the pool, complete with an ostrich farm, some good natured teasing and a naked lady for good measure. Ok, ok, the naked lady was a tattoo.

  • “The helicopter ride from Victorville was fairly dramatic. We hovered over miles and miles of mostly empty desert, a cluster of houses here, an ostrich farm — yes — there (okay, there was one that I saw). POTUS landed in a lot at Fort Irwin and strolled over to a make-shift mini-village that was set up for his visit, but offers a sense of 12 others that are deeper in the desert.” — Jim Rutenberg, New York Times

  • “The first stop was a card table set up in front of a cinderblock-type hut. Sitting on top of it were suitcase devices used to view the images sent back from predator drones. ‘Train it on Holland,’ POTUS said as a soldier held up the drone, about two feet long and pointed it at Steve Holland of Reuters. Peering into the image received in the suitcase device’s monitor, POTUS said to Holland, ‘You’re as rough looking here as you are regular.’” — Rutenberg

  • “No news, some color. You have the transcript. (Apologies for the brief delay in filing this report – your pooler was going through the WHCA’s new pool guidelines, to make sure they weren’t being immediately violated.)” — John D. McKinnon, Wall Street Journal

  • “The patients had a variety of severe injures. The president shook the prosthetic right hand of one soldier, jumped onto a Stair Stepper next to another patient missing a right leg and admired the tattoo of naked woman on the left shoulder of another soldier who’d lost both legs.” — Bartholomew Sullivan, Scripps Howard News Service