This Week In Pool Reports

Don’t age Pres. Bush. He does not appreciate it. He did however dis Tony Snow’s band and dodge a question about a GOP dissenter. Oh, and Ed Buckley is a Debbie Downer.

  • “Also, as POTUS was shaking hands in the room after the speech, someone from the back of the room yelled out ‘Happy Birthday, Mr. President!’ To which he replied: ‘Not yet!’ and said something about being 61.” — Sheryl Stolberg, New York Times

  • “A game attempt at a question–What do you think of Bloomberg?–was turned aside by the president, who said it was a fine news organization.” — Jim Gerstenzang, Los Angeles Times

  • Tony Snow’s band, Beats Workin’, played a memorable set. Selections included classic hits ‘Johnny B. Good,’ ‘Reelin’ in the Years’ and ‘China Grove.’ Tony played a spirited flute solo in a number your pooler did not recognized (but was informed was Jethro Tull) The spokesman really put his knees into it, grooving and swaying as he played. Sitting in with the band was Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter, a veteran guitarist of both Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers. He said Snow has a place with him if he tires of the press.” — Julie Mason, Houston Chronicle

  • “Bush, in his very brief remarks, referred to this entertainment as a ‘bunch of mediocre musicians’ before correcting himself and offering praise. See transcript.” — Mason

  • Ed Buckley, apparently unaware it was a barbecue, stalked around the lawn all evening in a dark blue suit, clutching a binder.” — Mason