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This Week In Pool Reports

Washington Times’ Jon Ward paints a chilling picture of the tornado destruction and Scott Stanzel clears up a CPAC mix-up.

  • “Everything we saw on the ground was intact, until about 9:35. The terrain became more hilly, more rural, and more forested, and then there was a black barn with parts of the roof and side torn off, and a few trees strewn about (the word ‘strewn’ quickly became overworn). Then, on closer inspection, a little ways further, there were the outlines on the ground of what used to be houses. Then the terrain became almost mountainous, with lots of trees. Most of the houses were at the bases of the large hills, or in valleys between them. We saw utility trucks propping up powerlines, and then we saw whole stretches of smashed structures thrown across hillsides. On many of the hillsides, half the trees were standing and half were prostrated, all in one direction.” — Jon Ward, Washington Times

  • “A plant of some sort was half-destroyed, looking something like a partly eaten piece of cake. Most striking was the randomness of the destruction. A few hundred feet from houses that were totally destroyed stood structures that were fully intact. As we flew along a ridge line, it appeared that the tornadoes had danced upon the hillsides and then down into the valleys, winding their way. In one small valley open space, the trees on the hillside were almost all smashed and there was a small structure blown to bits. But 20 yards away was a fully intact large house.” — Ward

  • The ridgeline ended, and the terrain became flat again. More random destruction, and now it was total. Carnage. This is where the hammer came down. In spots, it looked as if a giant had trudged through the landscape, smashing certain places with a club and moving past others.” — Ward

  • “‘Everybody in this area is good — shook up but good,’ Paulette said moments before POTUS arrived. When he got there, she said, “He’s my hero; I knew he would come.” They produced a photo of POTUS. Bush motioned to Jared and asked if he had a pen. Jared handed over a Sharpie, and POTUS signed. ‘Man’s name is GW,’ POTUs said. ‘Nothing wrong with that.’ Your pool was escorted away, while the group had some private time.” — Sheryl Stolberg, New York Times

  • Stanzel gaggled on board, saying that the president’s comments at CPAC were NOT an implicit endorsement or backing of McCain for president. Transcript coming. Stanzel said Romney’s suspension of his campaign is ‘a step towards having a Republican nominee’ but to read POTUS speech as a call for coalescing around McCain ‘would be wrong.’” — Ward

  • “POTUS stood in the Oval between 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson and Chandra, wife of the race driver. The president held a shiny racing helmet that the White House says is a gift from Johnson to President Bush. The president lauded Johnson and other NASCAR drivers for being not just great athletes but also ‘socially minded folks.’” — Jonathan Riskind, Columbus Dispatch

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    This Week In Pool Reports

    In this week’s pool reports, POTUS is handing out hugs free of charge and we learn that one of his special talents is something called a blanket stitch. We don’t know what it is either.

  • “President Bush told the several thousand attendees at the 26th Annual Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on the Capitol grounds that he brought them a ‘collective hug’ from America. Then he descended the stage and gave out actual hugs — lots of them. He spent an extra hour on top of the time scheduled, working the rope line.” — Julie Mason, Houston Chronicle

  • “A brief interlude in the Oval with President Bush and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. Usual seating in front of the fireplace, large contingent of Swedish press. No questions. Reinfeldt proved himself Bush’s kind of leader by speaking only a few words. As Bush talked about greenhouse gasses, Reinfeldt nodded and smiled.” — Mason

  • “Just prior to that, POTUS and FLOTUS also received a lesson in sailmaking from Josiah Freitus, who insisted that is his real name. Sitting on a bench with his sail and needle in his lap, he gave the Bushes a discourse on how the Royal Navy was setting standards for making sails, and was eventually going to put him out of business (in 1734). Nothing worse than government interference, Mr. Bush cracked. Then Mr. Fenty attempted to show Laura Bush a blanket stitch. I’m sure you have done a blanket stitch before, he told her. Bush shot his wife a look and raised his presidential eyebrows. Then, after a pause for effect, the president said wryly, was just doing one the other day.” — Sheryl Stolberg, New York Times

  • Marine One delivered POTUS, Rove, Crouch, Stanzel, and the rest of the traveling White House contingent to Andrews at 8:58 a.m. AF1 was up by 9:14. Stanzel came back to gaggle but the flight was so short that after a few minutes everybody had to run to their seats because we were literally minutes (like two or three, tops) from landing — proving once again that all of the restrictions on commercial flights are merely part of an
    unnecessary system of control by the airlines.” — Jim Rutenberg, The New York Times

  • “We landed in Pittsburgh just before 9:50. Potus was greeted by local reps, led by ‘fresh-faced’ Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. … No sign of protest during short ride to the event site, a large gymnasium, hoops up. We were at first surprised that we were not offered frosty cold Rolling Rock ponies upon arrival, but alas, the brewery has pulled out of town. Bush appeared in a purple and black robe at 11, and received loud cheers.” — Rutenberg