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This Week In Pool Reports

Ummm… does Martin Sieff have a crush on Condi, or is it just us?

  • “President Bush and Salvadoran President Antonio Saca wore dark suits andblue ties as they made statements to the press pool in the Oval Office, although they took no questions. Mr. Bush, who also wore black cowboy boots, glanced occasionally at some Sharpie scrawlings on the back of a white cardon an end table. He seemed in high spirits. The fireplace behind the two leaders was festooned with pine roping, gold ornaments and pine cones the size of footballs. Elsewhere in the Oval, a Christmas tree was decorated with elaborately frosted cookies shaped like squirrels, bears and moose. In the shadow of the tree sat Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Press Secretary Dana Perino stood behind the president’s desk.” — Bill Sammon, Washington Examiner

  • “A radiant and beaming secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hosted the dinner, attended by a galaxy of Middle East diplomats, notables, and American experts.” — Martin Sieff, UPI

  • “Dana Perino took time away from her turkey to brief a few lucky poolersabout President Bush’s Thanksgiving plans. The President telephoned 12 U.S. servicemen and women from Camp David towish ‘happy thanks’ to them and their families, Perino said, telling them ‘how proud he is of them.’ She said he asked for God’s blessing on the
    members of the military he called. Bush is spending the holiday with the First Lady, Barbara and Jenna, who celebrated a birthday this weekend, and Sec. Rice, plus Henry Hager and members of his family. ‘It’s a great sacrifice to be away from your children and if it wasn’t anoble cause he would not ask them to do it,’ she said. ‘He knows that it’s
    tough work but it’s necessary work and he is proud of them.’ She said Bush told them: ‘When you tell your parents you’ve been talkingwith the president, half of them will think you’re fibbing, but you can tell them its true.’” — Geoff Earle, New York Post

  • “The motorcade snaked along Main Street, past gawkers and a furniture store with a sign out front that said, ‘Welcome President Bush — 10% Off Sale Today.’ Alas, bargain-hunter that he is, POTUS did not stop to peruse the credenzas.” — Peter Baker, The Washington Post

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    This Week In Pool Reports

    Tourists complicate a presidential car ride, POTUS speaks out on Libby, FLOTUS looks “hip” and Maine experiences a Russian invasion.

  • “POTUS’s little pre-4th afternoon jaunt to Beltsville was significantly complicated by holiday beachgoers and — we were told — a traffic accident. The trip to Beltsville ended up taking about an hour and 10 minutes, compared to 30-35 minutes on typical weekends. It was literally a crawl for the first half hour or so. For the return trip police held traffic off the parkway at least momentarily, significantly speeding our progress.” — John D. McKinnon, Wall Street Journal

  • “He took two questions, both on Libby. In response to the first, he declined to rule out a complete pardon for Libby at a later time. ‘As to the future I rule nothing in and nothing out,’ he said. But he also reiterated that he thought Libby’s non-prison punishments should stand. He described the commutation of prison sentence as a ‘very difficult decision.’ He reiterated that Libby’s punishment was ‘severe.’ He said he took into consideration Libby’s background and service to his country.” — McKinnon

  • “Fresh from his face-to-face with leader-for-life Hugo Chavez — in which the Russian president nodded grinningly as the Venezuelan president told him ‘the empire must understand that it cannot dominate the world’ — Vladimir Putin today came to the empire to visit its soon-to-depart, lame-duck president at dad’s place. And the former KGB man with the see-through soul was all smiles, presenting bouquets of flowers to first lady Laura Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush, double kissing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and heading out (without your pool) for a boat ride with the Most Powerful Man in the World — and his dad.” — Joseph Curl, Washington Times

  • “As the pool milled about near the flag pole (whipping in the wind, four flags: U.S., presidential seal, Texas, Maine), Barbara appeared at the door of the main residence, stepping out to chat with a few people gathered at the circular driveway, including Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin. At about 5:30, Rice and FLOTUS came out another door, walked down a driveway, and
    posed for pictures with Barbara (Hagin the shooter). FLOTUS was wearing a quite hip Hoodie, Condi, an orange sweater and white slacks.” — Curl

  • “Last: The little squire of Kennebunkport has gone Cyrillic — everywhere, signs are written in Russian (including the Clam Shack, with it’s 1-lb. ‘cahabny 43 onapa’ (lobster 43 roll) at $15.50 — a bargain for Russians with phonies Franklins). Stuck in the roll: A U.S. and Russian flag on toothpicks. On Saturday, a trio of Russian press poolers (wearing their official badges) shot everything — a pair of black bikers parked by Dock Square (‘Look, Boris, black people! In Maine!); the village’s lone horse-and-buggy carriage (‘Well, the last superpower is still horse-powered, hmm?’) and even took a picture of your pooler eating a cahabny roll, which
    he expects landed well in the motherland.” — Curl

  • “As the press walked out, the pool passed a sign that said: ‘CAUTION: PRESIDENT ON SEGWAY — SLOW DOWN.’” — Curl

  • This Week In Pool Reports

    Another week on the road for the poolers, and it seems the highlight was Bruce Willis circa 1998.

  • “POTUS departed the hacienda at 10:07 p.m. local time for an uneventful motorcade back to his hotel, arriving at 10:24 p.m. Before leaving, the pool got a head start celebrating the popular and oh-so-wise-for-his-age Chris Edwards’s transition into his fourth decade. A piece of chocolate cake with a candle in it was presented on a plate inscribed in icing: ‘Felicidades. 30 Anos. Chris.’ Felicidades, Chris!” — Peter Baker, Washington Post

  • “Mr. Gallareta happened to be hanging out near the pool at the end literally — it’s the first time I’ve seen a pool hold with a real pool — and he told your pooler the president was interested in everything, but asked in particular about how much of the site is original? Mr. Gallareta said it’s all original stone, but in some cases buildings were deconstructed using the original stone and asked how much of the site has been excavated and preserved.” — Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

  • “Toasts: a mini-pool was escorted back to the main building for toasts before the working lunch. The setting was spectacular, a veranda with all the arched windows opened to reveal another courtyard, this one containing a long rectangular stone pool with a smaller circular one at the end. Half-pots of orchids lined the walls. The Calderon toast was in Spanish and wasn’t translated for the pool — it appeared that POTUS had a translator seated next to him. In his toast, POTUS said their meeting was ‘constructive.’” –
    John McKinnon, Wall Street Journal

  • “The pool traveled on one of a pair of Navy choppers, taking off at 9:09 a.m. and cruising over green rolling fields as hydraulic fluid leaked on a few unfortunate poolers.” — Baker

  • “The ranch is a white house with green trim that to the untrained eyes of your poolers resembled a Bavarian or Swiss chalet. Perched on the water amid a lush expanse of trees, it was a far cry from Crawford. Two small speedboats were parked in a carport of sorts on the side of the house.” — Baker

  • “Meanwhile, it was movie throwback night in the press cabin: The original Die Hard (1988), released back when Bruce Willis had some hair and gas was a mere 74.9 cents per gallon — in Los Angeles. Yippie-ki-aaaay ….!” — David Jackson, USA Today

  • We had a long, hot wait in the sun but eventually, Bush and Lula appeared, surrounded by aides, and wearing white ‘Petrobras’ hard hats. Bush in his shirtsleeves, Lula in a short jacket that looked like a windbreaker. They walked along the line of exhibits, with Bush picking up a stalk of castor seed, fingering some sunflower seeds while unidentified officials and Lula spoke emphatically. Your pool heardalmost none of it, thanks to the engine noise from the nearby idling limo.” — Maura Reynolds, Los Angeles Times