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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

    In this week’s episode, FLOTUS makes a fashion faux pas, President Bush gets to live out his childhood dreams and it seems there is room for romance in the White House.

  • “Important wardrobe note: FLOTUS was wearing a torrid red outfit, to frontrun tomorrow’s wear-red day to fight heart disease. Kind of a waffle-texture fabric.” — John McKinnon, Wall Street Journal and Matt Stearns, McClatchy Newspapers

  • “POTUS garnered big laughs from the audience when, apparently in need of coffee at the early hour, stood from his seat, walked to his right to Gen. Pace‘s seat, grabbed a silver coffee urn from in front of Pace and brought it back to his seat to fill his cup. POTUS then returned to Pace’s seat with urn and poured Pace a cup. Pace stood and shook POTUS’s hand in exaggerated and humorous gratitude.” — McKinnon and Stearns

  • “The main event: At the end of the tour, the president climbed aboard a tractor, similar to those you saw at the speech site, told the pool ‘I would suggest moving back. I’m about to crank this sucker up,’ and with that he did. He moved it forward about 20 feet, then backed it into a turn, and straightened it out. When done, he stepped out of the cab, said, ‘oh, yeah,’ and responded with a sheepish grin, and a shrug of his shoulders as though saying ‘what did you expect,’ when a pooler shouted ‘we thought you were kidding.’ In short, the tractor drive, a dream come true for any American male, brought out the inner boy in the president.” — Jim Gerstenzang, Los Angeles Times

  • “POTUS, FLOTUS and other administration officials attended a farewell party at Blair House for outgoing White House Counsel Harriet Miers. At 4 pm, POTUS and FLOTUS walked across Pa. Ave hand-in-hand, smiling and waving.” — Kenneth Bazinet, Daily News