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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 new briefing room gets christened by Helen Thomas; POTUS and FLOTUS do a party drop-in for Dan Bartlett; it’s July in D.C. — yes, it is hot; and POTUS is not exactly a good luck charm for the Nats.

  • “POTUS was in fine fettle this morning as he, FLOTUS, and WHCA President Steve Scully performed the ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the spanking new Brady Briefing Room. Before a stand-room-only crowd of reporters and SAOs, Scully made introductory remarks, noting that nowhere else does the press sit this close to the head of state. He also reminded that Nixon tried to bump the press operation into the OEOB, and were it not for the efforts of UPI’s Merriman Smith and Helen Thomas, there we would surely be. Helen’s still with us in the front row, just to make sure.” — Linda Feldmann, Christian Science Monitor

  • “POTUS, wearing a dark suit and lovely magenta tie, then took the podium: ‘Welcome back to the White House. We missed you — sort of.’” — Feldman

  • “The motorcade pulled up alongside Joe and Freddy Slyman’s Restaurant, at St. Clair and 31 St. The sign proclaims it the home of ‘Cleveland’s Biggest Corned Beef Sandwich.’ The place, a tiny neighborhood joint in a part of the city that appears now to be largely Asian, was packed to the gills even before your pool squeezed in. The president posed for pictures with the proprietor, urged your pool to ‘make sure you all buy some sandwiches,’ and then sat down at a long table with aides including Rove and Hagin. A waitress said the corned beef sandwiches are ‘this high,’ holding her fingers about two inches apart, and said they sell for $8.25. Your pool was then returned to our vans, where we are working our way through some of these Slyman’s sandwiches. We’re holding.” — Maura Reynolds, Los Angeles Times

  • “The POTUS and the FLOTUS walked (in excessive heat) across the street from the White House to Blair House to attend Dan Bartlett’s going-away party. Both members of the First Couple in dark suits (Mrs. Laura Bush in pantsuit, for fashion writers). The POTUS was asked about a possible troop redeployment. He smiled at your pool and waved. The POTUS and FLOTUS were preceded by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who arrived by SUV. Karl Rove walked in after the First Couple entered the building. The POTUS and Mrs. Bush stayed about 15 minutes, then walked back across the street to the White House.” — Susan Milligan, Boston Globe

  • “The main thing is that it was hot. The press corps was in a pen to the west of the Portico; … The president went to the east (furthest from the entrance) end of the visitors’ pen and commenced several minutes working the rope line, shaking hands and posing for pictures. When he reached the west (closest to the entrance) end, he said ‘Gotta go! and entered the White House at 1:07 p.m. It was still hot.” — Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun

  • “POTUS visited the final game of the Cubs vs. Nats series tonight, watching the home team lose a few runs to the boys from
    Chicago but going back to the White House before the ninth inning. Final score, four Cubs, two Nats. … Sitting in a skybox between 425 and 426, POTUS and company snacked on peanuts, crackerjacks, all-beef hot dogs, nachos, chicken tenders, soda and water. … This was the fourth Nats game POTUS attended at RFK since baseball returned to the District in April 2005. The Nats are now 2-2 with POTUS in attendance.” — Zachary Goldfarb, Washington Post

  • This Week In Pool Reports

    Another slow week for the pool. President Bush has a quiet Easter Sunday, gives Shadegg a shout out and consults Bloomberg’s Ed Chen on his speech.

  • “Before leaving Yuma, the president met with the family of a fallen Marine. No other details provided. At the base before takeoff, Bush worked a fenceline of cheering, enthusiastic base personnel, most of them in camo. He shook hands and posed for pictures, his back drenched in sweat. Turning to head up the steps of the plane, Bush spotted Ed Chen of Bloomberg. ‘Hey Ed, did you hear my speech?’ Bush asked.” — Julie Mason, Houston Chronicle

  • “After a left on Avenue E, your pool could see a huge Mexican flag waving in the wind. Past a prison (signs around it said: ‘State Prison — Do Not stop For Hitchhikers’).” — Joseph Curl, Washington Times

  • “As the pool was led away, Bush yelled ‘Shadegg, waddaya think?’ The president then headed to the speech. There was virtually no one on the streets, and no one along the long stretches of desert highway. A group of about a dozen people, one waving a small U.S. flag, stood by Desert Valley mortuary. A few miles later, in a small field, a foal ran circles around his mother, who looked bemused.” — Curl

  • “During the part of the service where congregants are encouraged to greet one another, POTUS strayed far from his seat to shake hands, and at one point looked over his shoulder by Graves is everyone else was back in place and said: ‘I’m breaking the rules, I know.’” — Michael Fletcher, Washington Post

  • “Today is Day 64 — the 64th day since POTUS announced his request for funds. And, he said, the Democratic leadership has spent 64 days passing legislation ‘that would undercut our troops’ because it contains ‘arbitrary deadlines for withdrawal from Iraq.’” –
    Linda Feldmann, The Christian Science Monitor

  • “There were about 120 American Legion guests in the hall, many of them elderly vets from Korean War and World War II. Bush’s 37-minute speech was followed by a standing ovation. After speech, Bush greeted audience members in front row.” — Feldman