This Week In Pool Reports, Week 4

Week four of FishbowlDC’s White House Pool Report contest has come to a close. On Wednesday, we’ll have the “Best of June.”

In the meantime, here are this week’s gems:

  • “Motorcade left the site at 7:07 p.m. EST (6:07 p.m. local), arrived at Air Force One about 15 minutes later, we were wheels up a few minutes after that and landed at Andrews at 8:55 p.m. No one came back to chat. No Elvis movies were shown.” — Peter Baker, Washington Post

  • “For the record, yes, your pool was wearing sunglasses, but they were prescription and he did not have time to dig out regular specs when he was being hurried over to the VFW Hall from the press van. He briefly took them off during potus remarks so as not to cause another presidential moment, but then could not see anything, which would have hindered his ability to deliver this report.” — Jim Rutenberg, New York Times

  • “You’ll get a transcript of the president’s remarks, but it can’t convey the lack of electricity in the room.” — Ron Hutcheson,
    Knight Ridder “(until 4 p.m. today, when KR becomes McClatchy)”

  • “Your pool felt that the reading from Job was particularly aimed at us — ‘They reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits’ end.'” — George Condon, Copley News Service

  • Koizumi summed up his nation’s policy toward the US in the first English song he memorized in his youth. An Elvis tune ‘I want you. I need you. I love you.’ He also recalled his first meeting with POTUS, and a game of catch they played at Camp David.” — Peter Urban, MediaNews

  • “As press lingered after potus concluded his remarks there was a brief pause in which gathered pool briefly wondered whether he would take questions. But he ended any of that by shouting to Nedra Pickler, ‘Keep going Nedra!'” — Rutenberg