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This Week In Pool Reports

This week, POTUS party hops and keeps an eye on Nick Robinson. Meanwhile, Mike Allen knows the difference between a 360 and a doughnut. Do you?

  • “POTUS walked to a farewell reception for Rob Portman at Blair House. ‘Just out for a stroll,’ he told the pool when he arrived at 4:32. He stayed for 17 minutes — long enough to determine that the party was ‘rockin” — before heading back across Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. The vice president left Blair House less than a minute after POTUS. Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, Josh Bolten, Joel Kaplan and Tony Snow also turned up to say so long to Portman, whose last day at OMB is Friday.” — Jay Pulizzi, Dow Jones

  • “What might not make the transcript was a last exchange between Bush and BBC correspondent Nick Robinson. Said Bush: ‘You better cover your bald head. It’s hot out here.’ Robinson responded: ‘I never knew you cared.’” — Bartholomew Sullivan, Scripps Howard News Service

  • “The President appeared to be in a jolly mood as he greeted the Prime Minister at a Camp David helipad at 5:55 p.m. The President escorted the Prime Minister to a golf cart labeled ‘Golf Cart One’ on the front. The President started to head off but then, with a flourish, took a tight, circular spin in front of the cameras, then smiled mischievously and waved as he sped off. Not quite a doughnut, but definitely a 360.” — Mike Allen, The Politico

  • “It was overcast when the pool left the White House but sunny when we arrived at the filing center, a few minutes down the mountain from Camp. Sheets of rain began during the outdoor equipment sweep. The women of Fox (travel pool) and CNN (transmission pool and head-on) fashioned ponchos from trash bags.” — Allen

  • “A bulletin board in the U.S. filing center is decorated with character-development thought bubbles encouraging ‘Respect,’ ‘Fairness,’ ‘Kindness’ and ‘Responsibility.’ It turns out those aren’t from the White House staff. The room is normally a classroom for a summer camp.” — Allen

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