This Week In Pool Reports

A quiet week for the pool, complete with an ostrich farm, some good natured teasing and a naked lady for good measure. Ok, ok, the naked lady was a tattoo.

  • “The helicopter ride from Victorville was fairly dramatic. We hovered over miles and miles of mostly empty desert, a cluster of houses here, an ostrich farm — yes — there (okay, there was one that I saw). POTUS landed in a lot at Fort Irwin and strolled over to a make-shift mini-village that was set up for his visit, but offers a sense of 12 others that are deeper in the desert.” — Jim Rutenberg, New York Times

  • “The first stop was a card table set up in front of a cinderblock-type hut. Sitting on top of it were suitcase devices used to view the images sent back from predator drones. ‘Train it on Holland,’ POTUS said as a soldier held up the drone, about two feet long and pointed it at Steve Holland of Reuters. Peering into the image received in the suitcase device’s monitor, POTUS said to Holland, ‘You’re as rough looking here as you are regular.'” — Rutenberg

  • “No news, some color. You have the transcript. (Apologies for the brief delay in filing this report – your pooler was going through the WHCA’s new pool guidelines, to make sure they weren’t being immediately violated.)” — John D. McKinnon, Wall Street Journal

  • “The patients had a variety of severe injures. The president shook the prosthetic right hand of one soldier, jumped onto a Stair Stepper next to another patient missing a right leg and admired the tattoo of naked woman on the left shoulder of another soldier who’d lost both legs.” — Bartholomew Sullivan, Scripps Howard News Service