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This Week In Pool Reports

Who knew that the VPOTUS is a champ on a no sleep? Also, this week’s pool should be lesson to all poolers — don’t wear the scrubby socks.

  • “Potus and motorcade arrived at Nationals Park about 7 pm. He disappeared for more than an hour for clubhouse visits. After both the Braves and Nationals were introduced on the field (Nats’starters came in from outfield), and after Denyce Graves sang the national anthem, the two teams cleared the field. Nationals manager Manny Acta, Bryan Zimmerman and owner Ted Lerner came back on. Then Bush emerged from the Nationals’ dugout to throw the first pitch. He wore a red Nationals jacket and dark slacks. It seemed there were more cheers than boos, but not by much. He walked quickly to the mound and almost immediately, with a high delivery, threw ahigh fastball that would have been a ball to anyone other than Yao Ming. Acta rose to catch it, manager and president quickly shook hands and Bush was waving to the crowd as he walked back into the dugout. The crowd reaction after the pitch was decidedly mixed. Bush, back in the dugout, gave the ball to team President Stan Kasten and he went back up the tunnel. Bush smiled throughout, despite the boos. We’re told Potus is watching the game from the owner’s box and will do ESPN commentary in the third inning. It is now bottom of first and pool is watching from what appears to be a press conference room.” — Jason Embry, Austin-American-Statesman

  • “One tip from today’s trip: If you need a phone number, call information. POTUS visited a credit counseling service here to promote his administration’s efforts to help homeowners crunched by the mortgage crisis. Help is just a phone call away, he said. ‘I want my fellow citizens, if you’re worried about your home, to call this number — 1-88-995-HOPE,’ he said. ‘Let me repeat that again — 1-88-995-HOPE.’ Um, where did the missing ’8′ go? Hard to say. But as POTUS shook hands with guests afterward, Danny Cerchiaro, a homeowner from Iselin, N.J., cited in POTUS’s statement whispered something in his ear. POTUS promptly went back to the lectern. ‘Danny just told me I’ve got to get the number right,’ POTUS said sheepishly. ’1-888-995-HOPE.’ There we go.” — Peter Baker, The Washington Post

  • “From the land of long driveways and shoeless reporters, we bring you our latest update. POTUS was wheels up in Ohio at 4:20 p.m. and back on theground in Pennsylvania at 4:49 p.m. He then took a long motorcade ride to an isolated stretch of woods where they grow the houses big and the mud deep. POTUS arrived for the fundraiser at 5:30 p.m., riding past the combination-lock gate and along a curving driveway that went at least a quarter mile and perhaps as much as a half mile deep into the woods.(Picture your pool vans making their way back down the narrow lanes backward and you begin to get a sense of how the day has gone.) The sprawling, light-brick mansion where the fundraiser was held is owned by Claude Kronkand his wife Laura, according to Carlton Carroll.” — Baker

  • “Your pool was taken, eventually, to another nearby mansion, where the scruffy scribes and our photographer brethren were politely asked to removeour shoes lest they mess up what looked to be some exquisite rugs. A good lesson not to wear those holey socks to work. We were well fed for the trouble, then brought back to the motorcade and on the move again at 6:57p.m. After another bumpy drive down narrow, woodsy lanes we arrived back at AF-1 at 7:29 p.m. We’re preparing now to take off for home.” — Baker

  • “Your pool held in the home of a generous and hospitable neighbor who didn’t object to all the hacks and flacks tramping through the house, raiding the refrigerator and tuning into ‘X-Files’ on the giant flat-screen television with surround sound in the basement. POTUS was back in the motorcade and onthe road at 1:19 p.m., heading back to the air base for two hours of private meetings with families of the fallen.” — Baker

  • “What jetlag? VPOTUS didn’t let a little fatigue from his 10-day mid east trip — he just got back last night around 11 p.m.– keep him from going to the Pentagon. So a bigger than normal motorcade departed the White House at 9:48. POTUS, VPOTUS, Hadley and Bolten all rode in the same limo.” — 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