This Week In Pool Reports

Not going to lie — this was not the best week we have seen. Granted the material didn’t lend itself to the usual antics, so we’ll give kudos for what we did get this week:

  • “Uneventful motorcades there and back to Evermay in Georgetown, where Bush said secret things to a Republican National Committee reception until just before 7 p.m. Event was closed press. Pool held in an adjacent building.” — Julie Mason, Houston Chronicle

  • “‘I’m going to talk to her tomorrow,’ he said, immediately correcting himself to say ‘Sunday.’ A second attempt at the same question produced roughly the same answer, including the reference to ‘tomorrow’ and then to ‘Sunday.’ Spying one pool member, Bush asked whether she had yet turned 60. Finding out that she had not, he said reaching 60 was ‘not that bad.'” — Jim Gerstenzang, Los Angeles Times

  • “OK — there was one question, just to wrap up your G8 coverage, snuck in by Kelly as everyone was being hustled out: ‘How was the herring?’ To which Bush replied: ‘Good one. Have you ever tried it?'” — Todd J. Gillman, Dallas Morning News

  • “Bush mentioned recently meeting one of the three soldiers, Noe Santos-Dilone, at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast. He said the soldier accosted him on the ropeline about becoming a U.S. citizen. ‘Here is a man who knows how to take it directly to the top,’ Bush said. — Mason

  • “You most likely have the gaggle transcript, so, a minimalist pool report that won’t waste your time with what has become the customary pool report drivel.” — Gerstenzang

  • “Event was open for correspondents but attendance was taken and these notes are to help you — you know who you are.” — Mason