This Week In Pool Reports

POTUS is upstaged by a 10 year old and her teddy bear, the importance of practicing door opening, a pool reporter’s apology and who knows what really goes on when Bush and his entourage go into the woods in lycra?

  • “Otr at morley candy makers. Accompanied by mike bouchard, Potus toured the line where workers in white hair nets were assembling and arranging the confections. While potus made a quick tour of the line, hagin and rove were spotted buying a few boxes of sweets. Minutes later, Potus appeared in the shop attached to the small candy factory. … He then uttered his funniest line of the day (to us print folks, anyway) about the real money being with the press corps and urged us to shop. But there was no time as we in short order loaded up and headed out.” — Michael Fletcher, The Washington Post

  • “Two minutes into the flight, Rove appeared bearing a tray of chocolate-coated caramels, from the otr. He was asked for his November 7 report. ‘Victory, victory, victory,’ he said, flashing a two-finger ‘V’ sign and smiling. Then he said, ‘I’m here as the candyman, not the prognosticator.'” — Jim Gerstenzang, Los Angeles Times

  • “After holding about a half hour near the Rose Garden, pool was ushered into the Oval (where the decor was not at all tacky, in the pool’s humble opinion). Both presidents were seated. President Bush gave a run-down of their meeting with ‘mi amigo,’ including discussion of the D.R. economy, DR-CAFTA implementation and stopping drug trafficking. Transcript imminent.” — Robert Gehrke, Salt Lake Tribune

  • “As the presidents stood, pool asked whether they talked about baseball. (Fun Fact: Eight players in the World Series are from the Dominican Republic; 6 Tigers, 2 Cardinals, including Albert Pujols). Bush gave a sly sidewise smirk and hesitated before answering, ‘They’ve got great players,’ and adding something in Spanish, which was unclear. After consulting with Spanish-speaking reporters who taped the exchange, it appears he may have said that he enjoyed the home run hit by his friend Julio Franco, but this is in doubt, since Franco plays for the Mets who are not in the Series.” — Gehrke

  • “Fancy gated neighborhood called The Sanctuary, with big stucco houses. Jordan Zimmerman, founder and chairman of Zimmerman advertising, was the host. Your pool was holed up at the next door neighbor’s house, where there was a verrrrrry expensive Bentley and a less expensive Mercedes in the garage. We were in the pool room. Very big, but tacky decor, in the humble view of your pool.” — Sheryl Stolberg, New York Times

  • “Your pool is informed that some readers took offense to the previous pool report’s description of the pool hold in Boca, which shall not be repeated here. Upon reflection, it seems an apology is in order to those who open their homes so that we might do our jobs. Please excuse your pool’s lack of graciousness. Good manners sometimes slip away after a tiring day.” — Stolberg

  • “First the king and queen. Marines practiced opening and closing the back door to the White House and aides picked up stray leaves on the red carpet as they awaited the arrival of the royal couple. President Bush and the first lady were on hand to greet the king and queen when their Cadillac limo pulled in as part of a seven car-motorcade.” — Ron Hutcheson, McClatchy Newspapers

  • “Bush and entourage left the White House shortly after 9:40 a.m. and headed to Beltsville presumably for a bike ride. Pool never saw him. Whatever they were doing in the woods wearing lycra with bikes wrapped up shortly before noon, and then back to the WH, where a lid was declared.” — Julie Mason, Houston Chronicle

  • “Bush noted two of his fave Italian-Americans, Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito, were also in the house, and said tomorrow he meets at the White House with another Italian-American, Gen. Peter Pace (or ‘Pa-chay,’ per Bush’s new, venue-appropriate pronunciation)” — Mason

  • Pool was ushered in for brief remarks from the president at the end of his meeting with various members of organizations supporting U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Try as he might, Bush could not pull focus from Bailey Reese, 10, of Niceville, Fla., who sat next to him wearing a large purple bow in her hair brandishing a teddy bear wearing fatigues.” — Mason

  • “If a roundtable happens at DHHS and no reporters are there to observe it, did they really fix Medicare?” — Mason