The Week In Pool Reports

Two presidents could not be more different. Meanwhile, POTUS gives Bono some love and disses David Gregory.

  • “The two presidents walked out of the Kurhaus, where they met, at 4:03 p.m., strolling calmly up a paved path to where the pool was waiting. Behind them, a grassy stretch and behind that the Baltic. As they walked, Putin seemed to be gesturing, then Bush spoke, then both were quiet. Then they positioned themselves in front of the pool. Putin appeared to be stiff; he gestured only occasionally, and otherwise stood very still. While Putin spoke about his anti-missile proposal, Bush seemed more relaxed, smiling frequently. They each took one question (one U.S.; one Russian). They finished at 4:15 p.m. (There was sequential translation, with each leader pausing after a sentence or two for the translation). After they spoke, they turned back to Kurhaus, a three-story white structure with orange tile roof. Throughout, small birds were circling and darting into a cirular bird house high on a pole.” — Jim Gerstenzang, Los Angeles Times

  • “if anyone cares, a logistics nightmare again: The German railroad, historically efficient at such transport, let us down (albeit this was a small-guage version, serving security purposes as well as transport).
    Protesters shut down the railroad, forcing use of boats–the Germany
    Navy came through–to get folks from the international media center to
    Heiligendamm. Among those so inconvenienced was Dan Fried, the assistant secretary of state for Europe.” Gerstenzang

  • “Cue the horses: Our WH advance advised us upon arrival that the several horses stationed on the far end of the long green lawn before the manor hadn’t been there before. And soon after we arrived one of them laid on his side in the grass, offering a ready metaphor for the
    G-8 talks, you know, the part about not kicking a dead horse (50-percent cut in greenhouse gas). Soon a second went down (2 degrees C)- dominoes.” — Mark Silva, Chicago Tribune

  • “Then, ahh, the smell of helicopters in Hohen Luckow in the evening:
    Military birds started approaching as the sun slid behind the trees on
    the western side of this old East German lawn.” — Silva

  • “Potus greeted rocker Bono, producer Bob Geldoff and Senegalese music star Youssou N’Dour on the circular drive in front of a beautiful white castle on the grounds of the Kempinski Grand Hotel. Potus offered warm handshakes all around and put an arm around Bono.” — Michael Fletcher, Washington Post

  • “Asked about Scooter, he reiterated it was a sad day, adding that it’s inappropriate to comment while proceedings ongoing.” — John D. McKinnon, Wall Street Journal

  • “POTUS declined twice to answer questions from the ever-helpful David Gregory of NBC, about whether the US is on the brink of another Cold War.” — Sheryl Stolberg, New York Times