This Week In Pool Reports

You know it’s a slow week when short shorts make the pool report.

  • “For approximately an hour and a half, the president apparently did whatever he does in the woods.” Jim Gertzenzang, NYTimes

  • “Just before 10 AM, President Bush flew into Andrews aboard Marine One, wearing a dark suit and a red tie, and, after the requisite waves, walked to Air Force One (the smaller version) and strode up the steps. The flight to Sanford, Me., was uneventful.” Anne E. Kornblut, New York Times

  • Gillespie lives in a brick house with a high, sloping roof, white columns and a circular drive in an affluent enclave of newish homes built in different architectural styles. We knew we were in the right place when we saw Allen’s rockin’, specially painted “Listening Tour 2006″ bus parked nearby.” — Julie Mason, Houston Chronicle

  • “Schedule update: Dana reports the president will meet on Wednesday at 9:55 a.m. in the Oval with Rocky Vaccarella, 41, whose home in St. Bernard Parish was destroyed by Katrina. She said he had traveled through the South to spread a message of hope and dedication to rebuilding, and that he had fixed a New Orleans-style dinner tonight in his travel trailer in the DC area for Don Powell” — Jim Gerstenzang, Los Angeles Times

  • “One stop along the way, at Glacier’s Custard & Coffee Café a few minutes from the fundraiser. The president made about a half-mile detour off US12 to a shopping center cafe. By the time the pool caught up with him, he was in the midst of about a half-dozen teens. He posed with them (one young woman was in a white tank top and cut-off denim shorts, with considerable thigh showing). Bush asked: ‘Anybody hungry?’ He eventually emerged from the take-out window with a large cup of creamy, gloppy-looking vanilla custard,
    ignoring the daily special, with was a quesadilla. (Quesadilla and custard? A quesadilla custard? A custard quesadilla? I don’t know.)” — Gerstenzang

  • “Perino refused to be drawn into any real discussion of the Iranian reaction to the incentive package put forward for it to abandon its nuclear program. Likewise, she would not respond to a report that the U.K. plans a significant troop draw down from Iraq next year, dismissing it as a story based on an unnamed source. Finally, she said that President Bush has no concerns about going to Sen. George Allen’s fundraiser tomorrow. Allen apologized for his ‘Macaca’ comment, she said, and that’s good enough for the president.” — Michael Fletcher, Washington Post

  • “Marine One landed at 12.31 pm EDT (ahead of scheduled arrival time of 1pm EDT). POTUS alighted with the First Lady and Jenna Bush, and walked straight into the residence, waving at the audience and the pool. He wore a grey blazer, light shirt with red tie, dark charcoal grey pants, and casual brown boots. The First Lady wore a violet suit.” — Demetri Sevastopulo, Financial Times