The Week In Pool Reports

Martha Raddatz gets a wink and rain creates a wiper malfunction. And seriously poolers — it is like you are not even trying for the funny.

  • “Bush rebuffed a question by the gentlelady from ABC News, Ms. Raddatz, who asked if the president is willing to compromise. ‘Nice try, Martha,’ Bush said with a wink.” — Jackson, USA Today

  • “Motorcade over the causeway to Key Biscayne took the president past pleasure boats, sunbathers, swimmers, some folks in yellow kayaks who paused to watch. The pool is now holding at a neighbor of the president’s host, Ed Easton, who was described as a partner in the Easton Group. The community is Harbor Point, a collection of stately homes, palms, and gardens hidden behind walls. On the drive through Key Biscayne, crowds were sparse. A few blocks from the event, a woman waved two small U.S. flags. Across the street, a young boy — perhaps 10 or 12 years old-gave the motorcade a two-thumbs-down greeting. He also offered this cultural/geographic detail: Andy Garcia lives in the neighborhood, and the movie Scarface was shot at a home down the street. And this marine biology detail: Dolphins have been sighted in bay.” — Jim Gerstenzang, Los Angeles Times

  • “Rain played havoc with today’s schedule. Your pinch-hitting pooler and company left White House at 5:54 a.m. via West Executive Avenue en route to Camp Meadow in what quickly became a downpour. At 6:17 a.m., Press Van #1 abruptly pulled over on I-495 as windshield wipers malfunctioned. ” — David Shepardson, Detroit News

  • “Pool held for 7 minutes on Beltway, before decision was made to move everyone into single van, so 14 of us snuggly pulled away. Arrived Camp Meadow 7:20. White House announced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wasn’t taking helicopter, but instead motorcading to Camp David, which meant there was no arrival ceremony to cover — to the consternation of Japanese newspapers waiting for photo before deadlines back home. POTUS helo’d to Frederick, Md. and motorcaded to Camp David, arriving at 9:13 a.m. We arrived through foggy ‘Blair Witch’ landscape around 10:20 a.m.” — Shepardson