This Week In Pool Reports

This week in the adventures of POTUS, President Bush worships at a different alter this week.

More after the jump…


  • “The Gala was at the National Theater because of the remodeling work being done at Fords in preparation for the bicentennial celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on Feb. 12, 2009. In his brief remarks to conclude the Gala, the black-tie clad president made a joking reference to that event and the fact that he will no longer be president at the time. ‘Laura and I are excited, too,’ he said. ‘Just send the pictures down to Crawford.’ The remark drew laughter and applause.” — George Condon, The San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “There was one break from his normal church routine — he could not go to St. John’s across Lafayette Square because that historic 192-year-old church is undergoing renovations. According to an usher, Sunday services for the next six months will be held, as they were today, just down H Street at, of all places, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Headquarters at 1615 H. Because that is different, a little description of the venue. Built between 1922 and 1925, the exterior of the Chamber’s HQ is Indian limestone and features Corinthian columns. There was no way of confirming whether or not the U.S. dollar is worshipped on the other six days of the week there, but on this day an altar was set up with a simple cross on the stage of what appears to be an auditorium.” — Condon

  • “As always at St. Johns, one of the prayers was ‘for George, our president.’ Your pool cannot tell you anything about the sermon given by the Rev. Spencer Rice because we could not make out more than three or four words in it (nor do we think anyone else in the church could).” — Condon

  • “Vice President Cheney headlined a fund-raising dinner for the New York Republican State Committee. There was talk of betrayal — but no mention of a certain renegade former White House press secretary. Lots of network crews were on hand for the speech, though, apparently just in case he decided to let loose on Scott McClellan. If so, they came in vain. Nor did the veep mention New York Gov. David Paterson’s new directive ordering state agencies to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages. He stuck with pretty standard rah-rah stuff.” — Todd Gillman, Dallas Morning News

  • “Uneventful motorcade to the Sheraton, unless you consider it eerie that all the inbound lanes on the Triboro, and on the southbound FDR Drive, were devoid of traffic. Lots of New Yorkers along 53d Street. Some even looked up.” — Gillman