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This Week In Pool Reports

Another week on the road for the poolers, and it seems the highlight was Bruce Willis circa 1998.

  • “POTUS departed the hacienda at 10:07 p.m. local time for an uneventful motorcade back to his hotel, arriving at 10:24 p.m. Before leaving, the pool got a head start celebrating the popular and oh-so-wise-for-his-age Chris Edwards’s transition into his fourth decade. A piece of chocolate cake with a candle in it was presented on a plate inscribed in icing: ‘Felicidades. 30 Anos. Chris.’ Felicidades, Chris!” — Peter Baker, Washington Post

  • “Mr. Gallareta happened to be hanging out near the pool at the end literally — it’s the first time I’ve seen a pool hold with a real pool — and he told your pooler the president was interested in everything, but asked in particular about how much of the site is original? Mr. Gallareta said it’s all original stone, but in some cases buildings were deconstructed using the original stone and asked how much of the site has been excavated and preserved.” — Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

  • “Toasts: a mini-pool was escorted back to the main building for toasts before the working lunch. The setting was spectacular, a veranda with all the arched windows opened to reveal another courtyard, this one containing a long rectangular stone pool with a smaller circular one at the end. Half-pots of orchids lined the walls. The Calderon toast was in Spanish and wasn’t translated for the pool — it appeared that POTUS had a translator seated next to him. In his toast, POTUS said their meeting was ‘constructive.’” –
    John McKinnon, Wall Street Journal

  • “The pool traveled on one of a pair of Navy choppers, taking off at 9:09 a.m. and cruising over green rolling fields as hydraulic fluid leaked on a few unfortunate poolers.” — Baker

  • “The ranch is a white house with green trim that to the untrained eyes of your poolers resembled a Bavarian or Swiss chalet. Perched on the water amid a lush expanse of trees, it was a far cry from Crawford. Two small speedboats were parked in a carport of sorts on the side of the house.” — Baker

  • “Meanwhile, it was movie throwback night in the press cabin: The original Die Hard (1988), released back when Bruce Willis had some hair and gas was a mere 74.9 cents per gallon — in Los Angeles. Yippie-ki-aaaay ….!” — David Jackson, USA Today

  • We had a long, hot wait in the sun but eventually, Bush and Lula appeared, surrounded by aides, and wearing white ‘Petrobras’ hard hats. Bush in his shirtsleeves, Lula in a short jacket that looked like a windbreaker. They walked along the line of exhibits, with Bush picking up a stalk of castor seed, fingering some sunflower seeds while unidentified officials and Lula spoke emphatically. Your pool heardalmost none of it, thanks to the engine noise from the nearby idling limo.” — Maura Reynolds, Los Angeles Times

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