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Katty Kay blogs about her “girl pet peeves” at The Daily Beast. “Any hope that Obama’s White House might curb Washington’s boy’s club traditions? Forget it. His press secretary is the worst offender… It is an unwritten rule that at some point in the conversations that take place in those vestibules to power, the discussion will turn from brains to balls. At which point, the women in the room will fall silent.”

Looking for a cheerier place to work? Some advice on Washingtonian’s Capitol Comment blog… Upon hearing the news that former WaPo journo Michael Abramowitz joined the staff at the Holocaust Museum, one reporter said, “Things are so bad at the Post, the Holocaust Museum will be a more cheery place to work.”

ABC’s Sam Donaldson (set to retire shortly) thinks the press corps went easy on President Obama at his first press conference. He tells Newsmax, “Now there was one question I wanted to ask… And that is something to the effect that, ‘Mr. President, you told us last week, you know, you said you screwed up on some of these things, because you didn’t have one rule. Now you have one rule that will apply to everyone,’ we’re talking about taxes, right? ‘so what do you have to say about Treasury Secretary Geithner? Are you going to ask for his resignation?’ Well, of course he would say no.”

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This Week In Pool Reports

This week in the adventures of the pool, POTUS pulls the quintessential presidential move. He kisses babies!

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Happy Birthday POTUS! Nothing says 62 like a wooden box. How so?

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This Week In Pool Reports

Protesters must be getting tired of Bush. It’s like they are not even trying to come up with new signs. It may as well be 2003. And the motorcade makes a questionable rush hour schedule.

  • “While on board, Carlton came back to tell us the decision was made to land the plane at Hagerstown. Fratto later explained that the president had been scheduled to helicopter from Andrews to Camp David, but those plans were cancelled because of the bad weather. It was decided it would be less disruptive to drop the president off in Hagerstown than to motorcade around the Beltway and up I-70 during rush hour in inclement weather, Fratto said. So your pool was in the unusual position of flying aboard the presidential aircraft for a brief time without the president.” — Michael Abramowitz, Washington Post

  • “The pool waited for the president inside Kaleidoscope, an arts and crafts center inside the building that the company makes available to schools. The center is brightly decorated with Disney-like tables in the shapes of flowers, animals and the like. Dozens of kindergarten kids from Horizon Elementary School in Shawnee, Kan., with teachers and helpers, created a cacophony. They wandered around or worked at stations, making puzzles, bags, cards in a sort of free-for-all taking place just above knee level.” — Steven Lee Myers, New York Times

  • “Most barely noticed the president’s arrival, being of the age when markers and scissors and papers merit far greater interest than politics or the president. Several kids, though, made their way to meet him, shaking his hands before returning to their projects. The president glad-handed his way through the crowds, posing with a couple of boys at one point and evidently enjoying himself. Much of the chatting happened out of the pool’s earshot, though the pool heard him ask one girl, ‘Are you having fun here?’ and then answer for her, ‘It’s exciting here.’” — Myers

  • “The president departed the event site at 10:22 a.m., passed about two-dozen protesters (sign: Bush Lied) as the motorcade pulled onto the main street, and arrived at the Tournament Hills gated community at 10:26.” — Jim Gerstenzang, Los Angeles Times

  • “After greeting the crowd and praising Charlotte as a free-market example for America, Cheney spent the first part of his address discussing the economic stimulus package and the state of the economy. The basic message: things are not as bad as they might seem, but nonetheless a short-term boost is needed to avoid long term problems.” — Dan Eggen, Washington Post

  • This Week In Pool Reports

    Hopped up pine cones decorate the White House this holiday season, Miss Beazley is lonely, Barney is packing on the holiday pounds and who knew attending church is so expensive?

  • “The president, accompanied by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson, stood in front of the fireplace. The mantle was festooned with greenery, gold ornaments, and gigantic pine cones that looked like they had been on steroids.” — Dave Cook, Christian Science Monitor

  • “After his meeting, Bush allowed the pool in at the bottom. When we arrived, he was sitting at the head of a U-shaped table. You will have the transcript shortly; the only unscripted moment came at the end when Bush ignored a shouted question about Iran’s demand for an apology but grinned broadly. ‘You can mark down I chuckled,’ he said.” — Michael Abramowitz, Washington Post

  • “First honoree was Scorsese. Kind words offered by Cameron Diaz, Francis Ford Coppola and Robert DeNiro. Ms. Diaz said Scorsese’s genius lies in his ‘understanding of the depth and disturbance of people’s ambitions.’ Said DeNiro to Scorsese: ‘If you were directing me tonight I would have already whacked Steve Martin.’” — Ken Herman, Cox Newspapers

  • “Rev. Leon also reminded all that it’s budget time at Saint John’s and pledge cards conveniently were placed in the programs. For the math challenged, the card includes a handy by-income annual gift chart. For example, if your annual household income is $150,000, your ‘approximate annual gift’ would be $4,500 if you opt for 3 percent and $15,000 if you opt for 10 percent. Please submit your cards ‘as soon as possible,’ says Rev. Leon, ‘so we can prepare a sober budget for our parish.’ Which brings us back to today’s attempted pool-report theme, which is sobriety and why it’s good for you. By way of theme development, we note these schedule items in the church program. On Wednesday, there is an AA meeting at noon and, at 7 p.m., a champagne tasting. Ideally, nobody will be at both events.” — Herman

  • “While all of you were still sound asleep (you missed a spectacular sunrise, plus a wicked cool pattern of vapor trails in the cold blue sky over the White House), your pool was herded into press vans on the South Lawn. Your commander in chief, unlike you, was not abed (no visions of sugarplums dancing in his head). He was in the Sit Room at 7:30 a.m. (not clear if there was a ‘situation,’ or whether he was there in a suit, his biking outfit, or a bathrobe). No word if he talked on the Maxwell Smart Code of Silence phone there, either.” — Joseph Curl, Washington Times

  • Two Marine One choppers flew the river as the motorcade crossed the bridge, fueling speculation that the President would, as rumored, head off to catch the noon Army-Navy game in Baltimore. But as The Most Powerful Man in the World waited at the light at 14th and C Street, press wrangler Chris Byrne said nuh uh, full lid coming. As the stream of suspicious black vehicles turned onto Pennsylvania Avenue, the standers on the sidewalks figured out who was behind the tinted windows of the SUV loaded with Trek bikes, and waved. It was noted in the Press One van that every one of them waved with all five fingers. Back at the White House, Miss Beazley sat alone in the sun on the South Lawn next to a soccer ball, and got quite yappy as passersby petted the portly Barney.” — Curl

  • FishbowlDC Readers Are Psychic!

    Ok, so maybe you are not psychic, but you did accurately predict that Dana Perino would be the next White House press secretary. Tony Snow announced Friday that he would be leaving his post September 14.

    From The New York Times:

      “This job has really been a dream for me, and a blast,” Mr. Snow said. “What are my plans? A little vague at this point. I know I’ll be giving some speeches. I could try to work up some book proposals, probably first and foremost on issues of how you deal with sickness.”

    Washington Post’s Michael Abramowitz says that Perino, “is well liked by many of the reporters covering the president but has little of her predecessor’s star power or on-camera experience.”

    Snow insists his decision has nothing to do with his health. And after admitting to the nation that he is broke, we tend to believe him.

    From NBC’s First Read:

      “I ran outta money,” Snow said. “There’s a lot of people sitting there at home saying, ‘Well whaddya mean, you make all this money.’ Well I made more money in my previous career.”

      Snow, who was a conservative pundit on Fox Radio and television, said he had promised his family that he would not dip into its savings. He added that he had taken out a loan “when I came to the White House, and that loan is now gone,” Snow said. … Snow said he plans to go on the speaking circuit and then write books — first on battling cancer then likely on politics.

      “What will be your lecture fee?” one reporter asked.

      “More than you can afford,” Snow replied.

    Stay Classy Tony. Stay Classy.

    This Week In Pool Reports

    This week in the pool reports, POTUS has car trouble, he passes up the chance to try jump rope and there is a Polish Barney.

  • “President Bush used his appearance at the Hispanic prayer breakfast to keep up the pressure for a comprehensive immigration reform package. It was a welcome message to a friendly audience of Latino religious leaders, given in a familiar formulation and between bouts of presidential throat-clearing. Seasonal allergies or a cold, perhaps?” — Todd J. Gillman, Dallas Morning News

  • “The motorcade had a military helo escort to Fiumicino Rome International Airport, and, surprise, surprise, as Gomer Pyle would say — the 747 AFOne awaited us, after we had been told the runway was too short in Albania for big bird. Maybe a rich uncle built a runway this week? We do share core values.” — Mark Silva, Chicago Tribune

  • “The motorcade from the Vatican to the U.S. embassy moved through busy downtown streets lined with curious onlookers, many packing digital cameras. Dozens and dozens of cops also lined the route. And, here at least, there were no signs of the strong anti-Bush sentiment that pervades this country. Not far from the embassy, the president’s car stalled, stopping the motorcade for maybe five minutes. It eventually started back up and completed the trip. But right at the embassy gates, the limo had troublesqueezing through gate so Bush got out, reportedly waved to the crowd and walked in.” — Michael Fletcher, Washington Post

  • “Teeny news flash: ‘Fine thanks,’ POTUS says, asked how he feels. But he doesn’t look it.” — Sheryl Stolberg, New York Times

  • “We drove down some winding roads to reach the Polish president’s spectacular seaside retreat. It is very wooded — sort of the Polish Camp David — but right on the sea, which is truly sparkling. President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria, along with their dog Titus, a black Barney lookalike, greeted Potus and Flotus at the centerpiece building of this five villa estate.” — Stolberg

  • “Bush spent about a half an hour at the new facilities of the Boys and Girls Club of South Central Kansas, which are very impressive. As we awaited POTUS entry into the spanking new gymnasium, AP White House reporter Deb Reichmann took an impressive whirl in the jump rope line, but Bush declined an offer to join in when he showed up. ‘No thank you,’ he laughed. He noted to one little girl, ‘Looks hard,’ and she concurred, ‘It’s hard.’” — Michael Abramowitz, Washington Post

  • In The Loop Page Continues To Evolve

    You may have noticed Peter Baker taking a stab at the Post’s “In the Loop” page Monday (which already features Jeffrey Birnbaum, Al Kamen and Lois Romano).

    Since Kamen took the buyout, he’s now on contract and one of the
    things he wanted to do was scale back from three columns a week to two. Therefore, in order to replace his Monday column, the Post has started a new White House “Loop” column (similar to the K Street “Loop” column about lobbying on Tuesdays by Birnbaum and the On the Hill “Loop” column about Congress on Thursdays by Romano). Michael Fletcher will primarily author the White House “Loop” column, but Baker and Michael Abramowitz will fill in on occasion.