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Pool Prize: Crouching Portman

Today’s Pool Prize goes to WaPo‘s Jason Horowitz for a morning Pool Report on a 30-minute plane ride to Long Island with the Mitt Romney campaign. Horowitz makes a point of remarking on his own diligence as a Pooler. We’re not sure what all that kneeling and crouching is about, but congratulations to Horowitz for staying awake for the ride!

An excerpt…

“Pool report recipients! The flight was longer than the advertised 26 minutes, and some reporters managed to catch some sleep under their airplane issued blue blankets. But not I. As your pool reporter I am on  duty. This is what I saw. Romney briefly made himself visible, standing up in the front of the plane and prompting the cameras to click here in the back. He looked rested and healthy. Senator Portman, wearing a pink shirt, was visible for a longer period as he hovered, then crouched, then kneeled  in the front of the front of the plane, where Romney sits. He is Romney’s renowned debate prepper so it is possible he was continuing to prep. A campaign photographer was taking pictures of him hovering and crouching and kneeling so it is also possible that he was striking the pose of someone continuing to prep.”

See a second amusing morning Pool Report from Horowitz in which scribes are stuffed into vans like luggage… Read more

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‘Hack’ WaPo Reporter Seeks Rental After Accident

Poor Jason Horowitz. The WaPo reporter and his growing family have been uprooted (temporarily) after a freak accident last week involving a car crashed into their Georgetown home. Horowitz is now asking his colleagues in the newsroom to help in his search for a rental house.

“Please pardon this unusual (and maybe inappropriate!) interruption,” Horowitz wrote in an internal email. The accident “has compromised the building’s structure, rendering the Horowitz family (hack reporter, highly pregnant wife, and two-year-old child) vagabond for at least 90 days.”

The accident (pictured above, courtesy Georgetown Dish) happened last Thursday, according to NBC4. No injuries were reported.

“[A]s we are hoping to welcome our new arrival into a home, and not the Y, we are frantically searching for a two or three bedroom rental beginning sometime in July,” Horowitz’s email continued. “So please shoot me an email if you know of anything.”

We wish Horowitz the best of luck on his temporary house hunt and we’ll keep our eyes peeled on Craigslist for potential options.

Read the full email after the jump.

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Obama Lip Coverage Swells

When President Obama gets elbowed in the mouth at a pickup basketball game at Fort McNair and needs 12 stitches, it’s only expected that media covering him will go wild. But at some point over the weekend, things sped out of control. The media began perseverating on every tissue of POTUS’s lip incident until it bordered  on comical and inane.

First the White House Pooler reported that it was the top lip that got stitches. A future report corrected that erroneous detail, saying it was actually the lower left area of the bottom lip. “The White House says the President received stitches yesterday to the left side of his lower lip — that is, not the upper lip,” wrote Pooler and St. Petersburg Times staff writer Lou Jacobson, who previously referred to POTUS’s “bloody lip.”  At every turn reporters placed POTUS’s lip under the media microscope — could they see the swelling? “Upon reviewing photo pool images taken by telephoto lens, I can report that POTUS’ face looks fine. There’s perhaps a very slight injury visible on the lip itself, but barely, and he’s not wearing a bandage of any kind. He certainly doesn’t seem to be hurting in any way,” wrote Jacobson.

Much was made of Reynaldo Decerega‘s non-apology. Like a game of Clue, it took at least three Pool reports to figure out that the Director of Programs for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute was “the culprit” after body man Reggie Love and Education Sec. Arne Duncan were conspicuously ruled out. Was it Professor Plum with the candlestick in the Library? Or, if playing an advanced version, Miss Peach in the Kitchen with poison? Indeed, it was Decerega on the basketball court with the elbow. Why no explicit “I’m sorry” the press wondered. Was he not sorry? It still wasn’t clear after Decerega released his statement commending POTUS on his basketball skills.

And then, the mother of all telling details – on Sunday, President Obama got “right back on the HORSE, playing hoops with his daughters at the Interior Dept. a few days after elbow to the mouth,” Politico‘s Glenn Thrush observed over Twitter, and played basketball with daughters Sasha and Malia. This, despite the fact that even little elbows can be especially sharp and dangerous. Thrush wasn’t the only reporter who felt the need to point out this telling quick return to basketball. The Daily Caller‘s Jon Ward and New York Daily News‘s Ken Bazinet and WaPo all swiftly noted the swiftness with which Obama returned to the basketball court: “Watch the lip: After taking in a game at Howard University Saturday, Obama is shooting hoops with his daughters this morning,” wrote @postpolitics.

But let’s not stop there. This morning WaPo dissected Mr. Lip Buster further in a feature story by Style writer Jason Horowitz. In it, we learn that Decerega was once voted “most mature” and “most popular.” In college he was dubbed “Nice Guy Rey.” Politico further got in on the bruised lip action with “The List: Obama in Stitches” remarking on everything from the number of search results for “Obama” and “stitches” to the number of stitches.

Time will tell if the media swelling goes down from here.

Beautiful Brown Comes to Washington and WaPo Releases Profile


Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R-Mass.) gave WaPo’s Jason Horowitz one of his first interviews since being in Washington.

The just-released profile is full of colorful details on the candidate. Brown told Horowitz that he offered the president advice in a phone conversation the two had after he won office – “I said one thing I’ve always liked about you is your sense of humor, Mr. President, so don’t lose it,” Brown said.

As for his now infamous joking during his victory speech that Ayla, one of his two attractive daughters were “available,” he said it was “just dad being dad. For anyone to think that I would want to have anything bad happen to my daughters, it’s abhorrent to think that.”

Political Reporter Horowitz Moves from Observer to WaPo

Political reporter Jason Horowitz is making a move from the Observer, where he’s been since 2005, to WaPo. He joins the Style desk and will be writing features and profiles of DC politicians and power players.

Observer editor Tom McGeveran sent a memo, that you’ll find after the jump via the Observer, to staff making the announcement.

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