This Week In Pool Reports

Now you know we don’t pick favorites (not that you shouldn’t try and fight for our affections), but this week we have a funny man in our midst, here to amuse us.

  • “The president walked over to a bin of pumpkins as he announced to the pool, ‘Don’t tell Laura.’ He said he wanted it to be a surprise for her. He picked a nice-sized pumpkin up by the stem, promptly breaking it, but said he would buy that one.” — Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

  • “Stand owner Bill Gaulmyer said the pumpkin would be his gift, but the president said he was paying. Asked if he would carve it up, the president said, ‘I may delegate.'” — Dinan

  • “The president and the Sherwoods (congressman, Mrs. and daughter) stopped for five minutes to eat ice cream at Manning’s Ice Cream & Milk in Clarks Summit. It was all color, lots of mugging for the still cameras inside. He stood on the customer side of the counter while the stills and your pooler stood behind the counter. He ordered Palines and Cream in a cone for himself and chocolate chip for one of your pool photographers, and also handed a cone to Rove. He then went over to two young girls and an older woman (presumably their mother) and said he was going to eat with them for a moment.” — Dinan

  • “The Sherwoods also bought ice cream and as pool was being ushered out the president gathered the sherwoods around him and told stills to photograph ‘a little family-style, eating ice cream.’
    During his time in the store he was gabbing with the still photographers and mentioned he has a new bike he is looking forward to trying out. So anyone who has pool this weekend, be warned.” — Dinan

  • “Your pool, refreshed from a short stint in the luxurious Executive Drive Towers-Trailer, headed toward the South Lawn about 8:35 p.m. On the way down the driveway, the poolers passed by a burning bush (actually, a shrub through which steam from a pipe was streaming).” — Caroline Daniel, Financial Times

  • “POTUS ate lunch at Stamey’s, a local barbecue place just across the street from the Greensboro Coliseum, where a pork barbecue sandwich goes for $4.25. Startled patrons pulled out their cell phone cameras and snapped away. Bush shook hands, but made no remarks Our inside source reports that he ate barbecue pork and chicken, hush puppies, barbecue slaw , sweet tea, peach cobbler and vanilla ice cream. No word on his cholesterol count.” — Sheryl Stolberg, New York Times

  • “At the school, POTUS was escorted into a fifth third grade class taught by Thomas Niedzielas. The kids were working on reports about thunderstorms. One little girl in a hot pink shirt and cornrows, Ta’Kyria Woodard, gasped and waved her hand in front of her face as if she were going to faint when he walked into the room. POTUS spent a few minutes chatting with the kids, then headed to a computer lab where he met with third-graders.” — Stolberg

  • “After pool was ushered out, Bush was heard to exclaim ‘Alrighty!’ Pool was kept by the door to Room 350 until the meeting finished and the participants could leave without fear of running into reporters.” — Linda Feldmann, Christian Science Monitor