Your trusty pool reporter takes on some double-Bush action in Florida on the George and Jeb trail:
There were a handful (less than a dozen) of Kerry advocates near the pool bus who admonished us with jeers. "Corporate media lie," they shouted, flashing the thumbs-down sign. Two women in the groups wore pink t-shirts that said, "The only Bush I trust is mine."Shortly thereafter, in a shocking betrayal, muffled pro-Cheney sentiments could be heard emanating from beneath their peasant skirts.
POOL REPORT #2 October 19, 2004
St Petersburg to New Port Richey
The buses rolled away from Progress Energy Park at 10:15 a.m. ET enroute to the second stop in New Port Richey. Along the way the entourage stopped in the little town of Safety Harbor, where the president and his brother Jeb entered the Paradise Restaurant where they posed for pictures and were served coffee and baklava, a Greek sweet-dough dessert. The president paid, but we could not find out how much. While in the restaurant, a member of your pool shouted out a question to the president: "Are you accountable for the flu vaccine shortage?" No answer was given.
Outside, Bush worked the rope line along the curbing of the street for about five minutes., although we did not get a good look at it. The vast majority of those ho lined the street there were Bush supporters. There were a handful (less than a dozen) of Kerry advocates near the pool bus who admonished us with jeers. "Corporate media lie," they shouted, flashing the thumbs-down sign. Two women in the groups wore pink t-shirts that said, "The only Bush I trust is mine." Another woman holding an infant in her arms waved a sign with the same sentiment.
Buses arrived in New Port Richey at 11:25 a.m. ET. Scott McClellan offered this schedule update for Saturday's Florida campaigning
(not a bus tour)
- Remarks at Fort Myers Rally
- Remarks at Lakeland, Fla. Rally
- Remarks at Melbourne, Fla. Rally
- Remarks at Jacksonville, Fla. Rally
--RON Crawford, Texas Richard Benedetto USA TODAY