This Week In Pool Reports

A vast improvement on last week I have to say. Kudos poolers. Keep up the good work.

  • “Motorcade departed from the village of Kirtland, Ohio, at 6:48 p.m., then was delayed outside of the fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate J. Kenneth Blackwell, next to an inflatable elephant emblazoned with ‘Republican National Convention in Cleveland 2008.'” — Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times

  • “President Bush arrived at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda aboard Marine One at 7:50 am. He waved extra vigorously before starting his day with a battery of medical tests for his annual physical. He’s scheduled to be here for more than five hours, while the pool is holed up in an auditorium eating doughnuts.” — Geoff Earle, New York Post

  • “POTUS stumbled slightly as he disembarked from the plane but caught himself and did not fall. He smiled at the photographers, who happily snapped away. He’s now up and away safely in Marine One.” — Peter Baker, Washington Post

  • “POTUS arrived for the funder at the private residence in an exclusive neighborhood called Gables Estates at 1:05 p.m. and stayed until just after 2:30. Your pool saw neither him nor the estate, which was largely shielded from the road by a gate and much greenery. Rumor has it there was a pool that your pool was not invited to try.”

  • “The scientist — Christopher Landsea, a phd and the science and operations officer at the center — told POTUS there was ‘not a consensus’ linking the two. (Yes, a hurricane scientist named Landsea)” — Sheryl Stolberg, New York Times

  • “Ride out seemed a bit more eventful than usual, with traffic blocked at two points but other cars rolling right next to us at others. One mini-van thought about passing us at one point, but a dose of lights and sirens from a Park Police vehicle ended that.” — Craig Gordon, Newsday

  • POTUS evidently biked for about two hours — I offer that caveat because the pool never actually laid eyes on the Bicyclist-in-Chief until we returned to the White House driveway shortly after 11:30 a.m. Eagle-eyed AFP photographer Paul Richards did spot ‘BIC’ when we returned to the White House, however, and snapped a picture of him in a yellowish bicycle shirt. — Carl M. Cannon, National Journal

  • “And the lectern had a small built-in air conditioning unit that kept POTUS nice and cool while he talked, explaining why his was the only shirt not soaked through with perspiration. At the moment, your pool is sitting in sweltering vans, which evidently will be the program for the rest of the day, as there is no pool hold at the forthcoming fundraiser.” — Baker

  • “A few border patrol officers were on horseback in the scrub-covered valley. POTUS petted the nose of one horse, disappointing your pooler, who had hopes of witnessing a presidential horse ride, a la Reagan. The entire sweltering photo op lasted about 10 minutes, and then the motorcade took off for the park at the river.” — Sheryl Stolberg, New York Times

  • “POTUS, still in shirtsleeves and standing in the bow of the boat like a latter-day King of the World, listened as Thad Allen and port officials pointed things out to him. He waved his blue Coast Guard cap at people on the cargo ships and on the dock as well as at the pool when the press boat got close enough to take his picture. Jeb Bush stood behind him several paces and made funny gestures to the pool, as if joking about catching a fish t-h-i-s b-i-g.” — Baker