This Week In Pool Reports

What do you mean the new plane does not have movie screens in each person’s seat? What kind of operation are they running over there? Even Jet Blue offers screens in each seat!

  • “Fast ride to the Radisson in downtown Miami, past some onlookers, including a flabby man standing on a downtown sidewalk in a royal blue bikini swimsuit with a peace sign tattooed on his back He was flexing his biceps for some cameras.” — Sheryl Stolberg, New York Times

  • “Motorcade to airport uneventful but for the spotting of a strange, flabby, nearly naked man who appeared to be the same one seen by our earlier pooler. (At least we hope so; how many could there be? It is
    Miami.)” — Peter Baker, Washington Post

  • “Alas, your sleepy pooler has made some errors. To wit: 1. The president arrived at Andrews at 7:45
    a.m. It only felt like 6:45. 2. The tail number on the plane is 28000, not 2800. What’s a zero among
    friends? 3. And this, sent by e-mail from the eagle-eyed Karl Rove (a self-described ‘faithful pool report reader’): the home belongs to Brent Sembler, Mel’s son. The White House reports that Mel is there. Mea culpa. Three strikes and I’m out. Somebody else should try pool duty. And now, for the clarification, in case anyone was confused: The new plane does NOT have movie screens at each person’s seat. The press cabin now has two wall screens instead of one. The channel can be changed only from the touch pad on the wall.
    But each person does have a small, retractable touch pad at his or hear seat, with a port for earphones. So passengers can choose their own music and control their own volume while watching TV or movies.” —
    Stolberg

  • “‘Obviously it’s an important recognition and we’re sure the vice president is thrilled,’ Tony Fratto said, adding that the president is ‘happy for the vice president’ now that he is the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. And, not to miss a beat, Fratto said Mr. Bush is also happy for the international committee of scientists who shared the prize with Mr. Gore, a subtle if pointed reminder to your pool that the president’s 2000 Democratic challenger did not win the prize alone. Will it put pressure on the Bush administration to adopt more of a Gore-style approach? ‘No.'” —
    Stolberg