This week in the pool reports, POTUS has car trouble, he passes up the chance to try jump rope and there is a Polish Barney.
“President Bush used his appearance at the Hispanic prayer breakfast to keep up the pressure for a comprehensive immigration reform package. It was a welcome message to a friendly audience of Latino religious leaders, given in a familiar formulation and between bouts of presidential throat-clearing. Seasonal allergies or a cold, perhaps?” — Todd J. Gillman, Dallas Morning News
“The motorcade had a military helo escort to Fiumicino Rome International Airport, and, surprise, surprise, as Gomer Pyle would say — the 747 AFOne awaited us, after we had been told the runway was too short in Albania for big bird. Maybe a rich uncle built a runway this week? We do share core values.” — Mark Silva, Chicago Tribune
“The motorcade from the Vatican to the U.S. embassy moved through busy downtown streets lined with curious onlookers, many packing digital cameras. Dozens and dozens of cops also lined the route. And, here at least, there were no signs of the strong anti-Bush sentiment that pervades this country. Not far from the embassy, the president’s car stalled, stopping the motorcade for maybe five minutes. It eventually started back up and completed the trip. But right at the embassy gates, the limo had troublesqueezing through gate so Bush got out, reportedly waved to the crowd and walked in.” — Michael Fletcher, Washington Post
“Teeny news flash: ‘Fine thanks,’ POTUS says, asked how he feels. But he doesn’t look it.” — Sheryl Stolberg, New York Times
“We drove down some winding roads to reach the Polish president’s spectacular seaside retreat. It is very wooded — sort of the Polish Camp David — but right on the sea, which is truly sparkling. President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria, along with their dog Titus, a black Barney lookalike, greeted Potus and Flotus at the centerpiece building of this five villa estate.” — Stolberg
“Bush spent about a half an hour at the new facilities of the Boys and Girls Club of South Central Kansas, which are very impressive. As we awaited POTUS entry into the spanking new gymnasium, AP White House reporter Deb Reichmann took an impressive whirl in the jump rope line, but Bush declined an offer to join in when he showed up. ‘No thank you,’ he laughed. He noted to one little girl, ‘Looks hard,’ and she concurred, ‘It’s hard.'” — Michael Abramowitz, Washington Post