This Week In Pool Reports

POTUS and FLOTUS celebrate the festival of lights, the first pups steal the show and Rummy gets a fond farewell.

  • “POTUS then made brief remarks, calling Hanukah ‘a holiday which commemorates a victory for freedom’ in which a group of Jews led by ‘a patriot named Judah Maccabee… rose up against their oppressors to take back Jerusalem.’ Afterwards, he posed for pictures with the menorah owners, the family who led the blessings and HooShir — first saying, ‘Maybe I’ll make it on the next album cover.’ And with that, he and FLOTUS headed up to the Hanukah reception, as the a capella group sang ‘Sevivon, Sov Sov Sov,’ a cheery little song about dreidels.” — Mike Madden, Arizona Republic Washington Bureau/Gannett News Service

  • “Perhaps anticipating that there would be no viewing of POTUS on this glorious, globally warmed Sunday morning, the two first dogs rallied to the aid of the pool photographers and stepped into the photographic void. They posed gamely with a white soccer ball three times the size of their heads, on the White House lawn, before gamboling off.” — Caroline Daniel, Financial Times

  • “After driving coffee-spilling speeds of up to 70 miles per hour we reached the Patuxent research refuge by 8:40am. A more than two-hour hold outside the park gates ensue. However, the boredom and snatched sleep was temporarily alleviated by a brief foray to the visitor center, where you could pet polar bear pelt (bristlier than you think). Photos were taken of a giant stuffed polar bear wearing a Santa hat, which one person dubbed, ‘Santa Claws.'” — Daniel

  • “Uneventful motorcades to and from Pentagon for open-press Rumsfeld farewell ceremony at the Pentagon. Departed White House at 1:02 pm, arrived 1:09. Left Pentagon at 2:30, back on the White House driveway at 2:38. In between, enough heaping praise to make one wonder why Rumsfeld is leaving.” — Todd Gillman, Dallas Morning News

  • “Delivering a statement and answering questions in the Pentagon’s joint chief’s dining room, President Bush spoke with emphasis about his continuing determination to prevail in Iraq. In addition to his determined tone, he seemed to become particularly emotional in addressing the troops in Iraq — his eyes seeming to redden somewhat as he spoke.” — Finlay Lewis, Copley News Service