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WaPo Announces New White House Team

An internal memo from Washington Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    Looking Ahead at the White House and in Congress

    Though we’re all still waiting for the curtain to finally come down on the 2008 presidential campaign, an equally compelling and competitive story begins Wednesday morning. In anticipation of the next administration we’ll be reorganizing the National staff over the next few months and want to begin that process by filling some essential jobs.

    Anchoring our coverage of either a McCain or Obama White House will be four reporters. Three of them were central to our excellent campaign coverage this year: Mike Shear, Anne Kornblut and Chris Cillizza. They will be joined by a seasoned veteran – Mike Fletcher, who covered the Bush White House with distinction before moving to Financial, just in time to chronicle the powerful economic shocks of the last year.

    Mike Shear learned most of what he needed to know about politics on the Virginia staff, and as our lead reporter in the Republican race
    demonstrated an impressive range writing enterprise and breaking news while hop-scotching among long-ago campaigns for people named Huckabee, Giuliani and Romney. Anne came to the Post from The New York Times last year, bringing with her a deep knowledge of Democratic politics, particularly related to Hillary Clinton. Since last summer, she has brought the same perceptiveness and writing skills to her coverage of Barack Obama. Chris crammed a decade’s worth of coverage in the last two years, writing analysis and breaking stories on our website, as well as enterprise stories
    and a column in the paper. He will continue his must-read political blog, The Fix. Mike Fletcher is ideally prepared to cover a presidency that will have to cope with massive economic challenges.

    For the 111th Congress convening in January, Shailagh Murray will be back in place on Capitol Hill, after a terrific sojourn documenting the rise of Obama. She will rejoin Paul Kane, who has stayed on the Hill and had an incredibly busy autumn covering the 110th Congress. Joining this strong team will be Perry Bacon, who in his year and a half since coming here from Time Magazine has spent time with every major presidential candidate and written perceptively and engagingly about them all.

    In the weeks ahead, we’ll have more to say about the new shape of our
    national coverage. In the meantime, we’re thrilled with the new team that will soon take the field.

    Marcus, Phil, Rajiv, Bill

And Cillizza sent the following email to his email list:


    As the election draws to a close, I wanted to say thank you to everyone on my email list for traveling on this journey with me.

    I also wanted to let you know the plans for The Fix after tomorrow’s election. The Fix will continue but rather than being focused primarily on the campaign, we will turn our attention to the White House.

    I will be part of a four-person team tasked with covering the transition and the White House — hoping to break news and provide analysis of the politics and the policy of either President McCain or President Obama. I’ll be writing for The Fix and the paper.

    Thanks to all for your support and kind words throughout this election season and for your continued backing as we take The Fix to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    Have a great election day tomorrow.


This Week In Pool Reports

POTUS gets a boater-cade, we get the set up for the big Condi date, and the secret Iraq trip was so super secret, the pooler didn’t even sign the report of how it all went down.

  • “Shortly before 6, POTUS, accompanied by a flotilla of police boats and police officers on jetskis, (a boater-cade, some of our photogs called it) traveled by boat from Man O’ War Wharf, near the opera house, across the harbor to the Admiralty House dock.” — Sheryl Stolberg, New York Times

  • “The pool then walked a stone pathway next door to Kirribilli House, a sandstone tudor-style home with green shutters that looked to your pooler like something out of the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale. The PM waited expectantly in the doorway. Fruit bats swooped overhead. It was cold. A bevy of officials, including the Australian defense minister, began arriving and then, at long last, POTUS. The PM and his wife, Janette, happily greeted POTUS, who made some remarks about being eager to see pictures of their new grandchild. Then Condi arrived, and she greeted the PM and Janette, and the four posed for more pictures, with Condi to POTUS’ left. POTUS looked at the cameras a little sheepishly, and reached out his left hand to touch Condi’s arm. “She can be my date,” he said.” — Stolberg

  • The boat cast off at noon, with six navy speed boats and several navy jetskiers swarming around it and a helicopter overhead. POTUS spent most of the journey outside on the upper deck, enjoying the spectacular harbour views in a cool early spring breeze. Your pool followed close behind in a somewhat less luxurious wooden tour boat. At one stage POTUS, Howard and Rice could be seen alone on the deck. Howard appeared to be acting as tour guide, pointing at landmarks with an outstretched arm.” — Andrew Ward, Financial Times

  • “We were told to report for their pool duty not Monday morning, as had been publicly announced, but Sunday between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. Reporters were given maps of Andrews with our rallying point highlighted. We were told to come in through the main gate, not the usual Virginia Gate entrance. We also were told to tell only one editor at our respective news organizations, and not to do so by cell phone. Also, that editor had to be asked to not tell anyone. In addition, we were told that we could tell spouses about the impending trip, but no one else.” — Mike Fletcher, Washington Post

  • “A manifest with the names of those on the trip was with a security aide at the gate, and reporters and staff drove their cars to a parking lot adjacent to some tennis courts on the base, not far from the usual press lot at the air terminal. There, Secret Service swept everything we carried and held on to our luggage, computers and other electronic devices.” — Fletcher

  • “We then boarded two passenger vans and were driven to the spotless hangar that houses the two planes that usually serve as Air Force One. The steps were down on one of the planes and we got on board in time to see our bags and other belongings coming up the conveyor belt onto the plane. The shades were drawn on the plane’s windows in the press compartment and we sat and waited until we felt the plane being pushed back at 7:47 p.m., about an hour after we had boarded. By 8:05 p.m., we were wheels up.” — Fletcher