The pool got to the park at 1:10 p.m. so it had to take on faith the staff’s word that Mr. Obama had arrived there exactly an hour earlier. “Your pool was not allowed inside the park,” Mr. Rucker then reported. He did see the Obama group leave the interactive dolphin area, saying, “It is unclear whether the Obamas swam with dolphins, and Obama’s clothing did not appear wet.”No word whether Obama belched after eating his sandwich or had a smoke afterward.
Jeff Goldman, a CBS producer and “chief” of the press pool here, said in an e-mail message later: “I don’t think they were necessarily trying to ditch us. However, I have let them know that, this is important to us.”
Mr. Obama may have gotten the message. The next stop was the Koko Marina Center, where he ordered a tuna melt for himself — on 12-grain bread with cheddar cheese, tomatoes and no mayonnaise (details thanks to the pool report) — and shave ice treats for the children. Then he made rare contact with his pool, putting his arm around a scribbling Mr. Rucker to tease him, “You don’t really need to write all that down.”
The president-elect offered to buy shave ice for the entire pool. “I don’t think this is against policy,” he said. “You want one, I can tell.”
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Breaking News: Obama Has a Tuna Melt on 12-Grain Bread
Where would we be without the adoring media to chronicle every move our health-conscious Dear Leader makes? Somehow King Obama managed to ditched the press pool for a little while yesterday, but his media aide from the New York Times still notes what he had for lunch. I'm not sure I can take four years of this drivel.