The Week In Pool Reports

It’s another somber week for the pool, consumed with President Gerald Ford’s funeral and preparations.

  • “POTUS and First Lady disembarked, each carrying one of their dogs. POTUS deposited one of the dogs in the waiting limo and then went back and got the other from the First Lady. Everyone got in the limo and the motorcade left for the White House.” — Mike Abramowitz, Washington Post

  • “A three-quarters moon shone brightly overhead as the casket was unloaded into a special blue panel truck emblazoned with the presidential seal. The only sounds were the tapping of drums and the marching of feet, punctuated by a shouted military order now and again. At length, Mr. Cheney placed his hand over his heart as a band struck up ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee.'” — Bill Sammon, Washington Examiner

  • “After giving his eulogy (see transcript), Mr. Cheney helped place a wreath near the casket. Then he sat down and murmured a few words to former First Lady Betty Ford before taking her hand and leading her over the casket, where they were joined by the Ford children.” — Sammon

  • “In case people are curious: I asked Scott after the call was over why the president went to bed without waiting to be told that the execution had actually taken place. Stanzel said, ‘He knew the process was underway and had been fully briefed….He knew that it was going to happen.’ He said the president’s focus ‘is helping the Iraqi people bring peace and stability to the country.'” — Abramowitz

  • “At around 1:30 this afternoon, there was a tornado warning in Crawford. The president, the First Lady and the dogs were taken in an armored vehicle to a shelter a few hundred yards away from his house on the ranch. They sat in the car for about ten minutes; the danger passed and they went back to the house.” — Abramowitz