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Bound and Gaggled

The always invaluable Henry Seltzer brings us yet another example of Scott McClellan’s heroic inability to provide explanations for things he claims are easy to explain: SCOTT McCLELLAN: Well, we’re making it easier for seniors to be able to understand what is available to them. And I think the point the President was making is that he understands that these are new options and choices that are available to America’s seniors, and what we want to do is talk to them about what is available to help them make an informed decision. And I think seniors are trying to go about making an informed decision. And what they’re going to realize is better benefits and significant savings. Read more on Bound and Gaggled…
 

WH Pool Report: Bush’s History Lesson

In this White House pool report, the President does the time warp again: Not noted in your transcript: He almost said “On Sept. 11th . . . ” before catching himself and saying, “On December the 7th 1941 . . . ” You know how it is: You get a jingoism stuck in your head… Full report after the jump. Read more on WH Pool Report: Bush’s History Lesson…
 

WH Pool Report: Under Scotty’s Skirts Edition

In this White House pool report: too much information. [Scott McClellan] denied he had ever worn a kilt. Stressed he had no intention of doing so. We suspect that this kilt question may be the subject of an ongoing investigation. Full report after the jump, including surreal scene of Korean firefighters in spacesuits: With their visors down, and yellow bands on their arms, some looked as if they were dressed for an outbreak of avian flu. About half a dozen, on bended knee, holding on their fire hoses, gamely provided the human foreground for several White House staff photos. Read more on WH Pool Report: Under Scotty’s Skirts Edition…
 

WH Pool Report: The President Rides Scooter

In this White House pool report, the President conquers his demons, and gets another scooter out of the White House: The Leader of the Free World did, indeed, hop onto a Segway scooter and cruised for an undetermined distance at the Guest House under the no-doubt admiring gaze of his Japanese host. Duffy, through Carroll, said the new Segway was a gift from the president to the prime minister. One has to use one’s imagination as to how fast the President-guided the Segway or whether he managed a more graceful dismount than the last time he was seen on one of these scooters. We like to think he rode it one handed, whooping, yelling, “Suck on it, Fitzy!!! SUCK IT!” Full report after the jump. Read more on WH Pool Report: The President Rides Scooter…
 

WH Pool Report: Hey Sailor Edition

In this White House pool report, we are all disappointed. From: White House Press Releases Date: Nov 7, 2005 2:47 PM Subject: POOL REPORT 3A, 11/7/05 Pool Report 3A Correction to Pool Report 3 Read more on WH Pool Report: Hey Sailor Edition…
 

WH Pool Report: Barb and Prince Harry Sittin’ in a Tree

In this White House pool report, we discover the sacrifices that the Bush family is willing to make in order to strengthen alliances in the War on Terror: The prince joked that much the was was afoot with respect to his son and one of the Bush girls – he didn’t say which. “It seems to be an entirely hereditary feature.” And we thought this talk of “the Bush dynasty” was just a metaphor. Full report after the jump. Read more on WH Pool Report: Barb and Prince Harry Sittin’ in a Tree…
 

First Lady Pool Report: Come Again?

Does DC have its own Kanye West, Jr.? According to a FLOTUS (cute) pool report this afternoon, a visit to a Southeast Washington public charter school by Prince Charles, the FLOTUS, and Camilla prompted this observation from Denzell Grimes, 14: “It’’s awfully rare for white people to come to our school–like, from other countries.”” Speak truth to power, Denzell! Or just make an observation: Upon further review of an audiotape, the quote from Denzell Grimes appears to be incorrect. According to the tape, Grimes stated: “It’s awfully rare for ROYAL people to come to our school–like from other countries.” Both things technically true. You’ve got a future in politics, kid. Full reports after the jump. Read more on First Lady Pool Report: Come Again?…
 

WH Says No SCOTUS News

Let’s use these last few minutes of tea-leaf reading carefully. First, McClellan has told the press corps in the most recent WH pool report that there will “not be an announcement today regarding judicial nominees.” Also, the WH will NOT have anything to say about the Fitzgerald investigation until after the announcement of the findings. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? We think it means that the White House has realized even Americans are too smart to think a SCOTUS announcement today would be just a coincidence. It also means that they’re more time to campaign for Butterstick. As for Rove: Gonna be more stressful winter than you thought. Maybe you can borrow some of Cheney’s heart medicine. Report after the jump Read more on WH Says No SCOTUS News…
 

WH Pool Report: Washington Sleeps, Bush Schmoozes

In this White House pool report, we discover what the Republican National Committee has sacrificed in these times of national crisis: Good wine. They served Clos du Bois, which rings in safely under $10 most of the time. Gotta pay for gassing up those SUVs somehow. In other news, pooler Mark Silva notes that the President spoke at the group’s “million-dollar fundraiser on the eve of… oh, eve of Wednesday,” and that he told the audience “I didn’t come here not to deal with major problems.” And, it’s true, he did mention the Miers nomination. Pay no attention to the indictments behind the curtain, folks… Full report after the jump. Read more on WH Pool Report: Washington Sleeps, Bush Schmoozes…
 

WH Pool Report: Dress to Be Killed

In this White House pool report: “He wears this outfit…. It wasn’t all that long ago… He would have been killed for wearing it.” … Bush called Barzani “a man of courage.” So that’s what we’re fighting for. Speaking of courage: Bill Plante pulled a classic Donaldson at the end of the availability, yelling, “What did the vice president know, and when did he know it?” There was no response. Full report after the jump. Read more on WH Pool Report: Dress to Be Killed…
 

WH Pool Report: Double Super-Secret Address

In this White House pool report, someone gets a little grumbly about the administration’s even-for-them unprecedented crackdown on access: As promised, your pool was left outside of the President Bush’s remarks to “Political Appointees and Senior Executive Service Employees.” So we don’t have a clue what was said or done in there. Were secret decoder rings handed out? Did they change the official Team Bush handshake? Was line dancing allowed? We just don’t know. What your pooler does know is that in past administrations when your pool was allowed into similar speeches, they were pep talks from presidents grateful for the employees’ service. Best to call the bevy of leakers who can shed some light on this top-secret event.  Leakers? There are no leakers in the Bush White House! Full report after the jump   Read more on WH Pool Report: Double Super-Secret Address…
 

WH Pool Report: Don’t Worry, It’s Only a Ford Wound

In this White House pool report, the President inaugurates a war on gas: The presidential and vice presidential motorcades departed together in gas-guzzling tandem at 9:51 a.m., arriving at Fort Myer at 9:57 a.m. for the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute and Armed Forces Hail marking retirement of Gen. Richard Myers as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and swearing-in of Gen. Peter Pace (first Marine to hold the job) as his replacement. . . . Cannon fire in honor of Gen. Myers set off at least one car alarm, meaning either the vibration was sufficient to set off the alarm or that our troops had successfully downed a Chevy. Oh, the tragedy of friendly fire. [Reuters] Full report after the jump. Read more on WH Pool Report: Don’t Worry, It’s Only a Ford Wound…
 

WH Pool Report: Gas Guzzling Edition

In this White House pool report, we learn how the President is cutting down on “non-essential travel”: To a “farewell dinner” for exiting Joint Chiefs chief Gen. Richard Myers, the motorcade was marginally shorter in the SUV category – five – than the one that traveled to the Energy Department today, with six SUVs. But it was longer in vans, four tonight, compared with three this morning. Two limos, of course. Of course. Full report after the jump. Read more on WH Pool Report: Gas Guzzling Edition…
 

WH Pool Report: Dumb Show in New Orleans

In this White House pool report, Elisabeth Bumiller continues her try-out for Architectural Digest correspondent: Bush will be lit with warm tungsten lighting, but the statue and cathedral will be illuminated with much brighter, brighter lights, along nothing like the candlepower that DeServi and Sforza used on Sept. 11, 2002, to light up the Statue of Liberty for Bush’s speech in New York Harbor.   Here’s a quote from DeServi on the lit up cathedral: “Oh, it’s heated up. It’s going to print loud.” At least they’re admitting it’s theater. Full report after the jump. Read more on WH Pool Report: Dumb Show in New Orleans…
 

WH Pool Report: Son of Cheney and the Barnyard Epithet

In this White House pool report, some more of that “color” you won’t see in the papers tomorrow:   The vice president was not uniformly welcomed in Gulfport. During a press availability in the middle of a street, a young man twice shouted obscenities at him before walking away. (He yelled: “Go fuck yourself, Mr. Cheney.”) To which the Veep replied, “I have had people killed for less.” Just kidding. He actually said he “hadn’t heard that before.” Short memory. Both American Progress and Crooks and Liars have the video, full report after the jump. Read more on WH Pool Report: Son of Cheney and the Barnyard Epithet…
 

WH Pool Report: What Is It Good For

In this White House pool report, we titter inappropriately: [Bush] wore a navy suit jacket, pale blue shit [sic and yes, we missed it the first time] and darker blue tie, waved at the press pool and the motorcade was off for a five minte ride to the Gaylords Texan Resorts and Convention Center. GAY! Ha-ha! The president went to Gay-lords. Oh, we laughed for literally seconds. Of course, the big news to come out of yesterday’s speech to the “American Legislative Exchange Council” was that “struggles against extremism” are for pussies. This president likes war, this is a war, he’s gonna call it a war every fucking chance he gets. UPDATE: We know, we know…. Read more on WH Pool Report: What Is It Good For…
 

Daily Briefing: You’re Pre-Approved

• Frist takes on Bush by endorsing bill to expand stem-cell research; his support is crucial but Bush has promised to veto such legislation. Frist: “I believe the president’s policy should be modified.” [NYT] • Bush likely to sign energy bill today. [WP, WSJ, LAT, USAT] • Democrats issue request for specific files related to Roberts. [NYT, LAT] • Attorney-client privilege may not protect Roberts. [LAT] • Electronic error means the House approved of Cafta by only one vote, lawmaker insists. [NYT, LAT, WSJ] • Pool reporter on the scene of Bush‘s finger incident: “I think the video is inconclusive but leaning toward thumb. It’s just hard to imagine.” [WP] Read more on Daily Briefing: You’re Pre-Approved…
 

WH Pool Report: You Are Getting Verrrrry Sleeeepy

In this White House pool report, Karl Rove gets all cryptic and shit: At one point, Reuters reporter Adam Entous felt a tap on his shoulder. It was Rove, who handed him a small bottle of Tylenol PM pills. “You look like you could use this,” Entous said Rove told him. A signal? A code? Does it mean that the media has been caught napping? Or could it mean that Rove thinks reporters have been staying up to late? Staying up too late plotting his downfall, and thus he would like them to sleep. He’s a wily one, boys, better hire a food-taster! Or maybe this whole investigation is just a big headache. Full report after the jump. Read more on WH Pool Report: You Are Getting Verrrrry Sleeeepy…