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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

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  • “The two men sat on straight-backed chairs in front of the fireplace, and the mood in the room was warm, even without a fire. POTUS in striped shirt and red tie, clasped his hands throughout the remarks, exchanged diplomatic eye contact and kept his legs casually and comfortably crossed.” — Caroline Daniel, Financial Times

  • “After the remarks, Ban must either have been so speedily dispatched after the pool was ushered out, or he must have jogged through the White House because within seconds of the pool arriving outside the Brady briefing room, he was quietly holding forth at the stake-out,optimistically using the word ‘strong’ three times to describe the relationship between the UN and the US.” — Daniel

  • “Before he spoke Warner told a story about being a young advance man for VP Nixon during a visit to Michigan where some rowdy youngsters egged Nixon. Warner described how then-Rep. Ford helped him clean the egg off of Nixon and how Ford later consoled the despondent young Warner, telling him it would not be the end of his career.” — Jim Rutenberg, New York Times

  • “POTUS and FLOTUS had signed the books that POTUS handed to school Principal Barbara Childs as gifts to the school library. The books were: ‘An American Plague’ by Jim Murphy, about the yellow fever outbreak of 1793; and ‘Frontier House’ by Simon Shaw, a companion piece to the PBS program on living in a Montana frontier house in the 1880s.” — Anne C. Mulkern, Denver Post

  • “At the high school POTUS walked slowly through a hallway where students and volunteers were painting on a wall, inspirational sayings and scenes of historic DC. Wearing dark pants and a light blue, stripped shirt with the sleeves rolled to the elbows and the collar open, POTUS talked to the painters. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales walked behind, wearing a navy polo shirt. ‘Good to see you. How are you?’ POTUS asked someone the pool couldn’t see. He stopped where volunteers and/or students were painting a picture of the famed Ben’s Chili Bowl restaurant. POTUS took a paintbrush and helped out. ‘Gettin’ the drift of this thing here?’ POTUS asked as he painted. The pool was then ushered out and the president remarked, ‘Sure, now that I’m making progress.’” — Mulkern

  • “Your pool was called off just before 7 a.m., then called back an hour later, then forced to sprint across the south driveway as word came that POTUS was on his way out. The morning drizzle could not deter the president from his Sunday bike ride.” — Sudeep Reddy, Dallas Morning News