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WH Pool Report: Adorable Edition

awkward_of_course_not_awkwardIn this White House pool report: An uncomfortable, "Office Space"-like birthday celebration. Of many highlights, we tease you with this one:


After he said, "Thank you," he added, "Don't break out in 'Happy Birthday.' " A reporter said, "Happy birthday." Then a number of people broke into "song."
Full report after the jump.

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Pool Report #1

The Oval Office

The pool gathered at 10:27 a.m., and began filing into the Oval Office at 10:53 a.m. The President was speaking by the time the writers got in. The President and the Prime Minister of Iceland were sitting with their backs to the unlit fireplace. The President was wearing a bright blue tie, and had his hands and feet crossed much of the time he was talking. The President gestured decisively when speaking about Zarqawi. In contrast to some of the President's other recent avails, he did not seem chatty. After he said, "Thank you," he added, "Don't break out in 'Happy Birthday.' " A reporter said, "Happy birthday." Then a number of people broke into "song." It is not clear from the pooler's position who was "singing" or whether it was journalists. There was laughter. As the staff tried to usher out one journalist, she said with a laugh, "I'm singing!" The President said, "You call that singing?" Then he paused and said, "No, it was beautiful."

Mike Allen

The Washington Post

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A guest post by "Knitsy McPurlson," which we suspect is not a real name.

Yr Wonkette is not the only website run by brilliant peoples unafraid to poke people with sharp, pointy sticks. Ravelry.com – a website for knitters, crocheters, and other folks interested in textiles and fiber arts – is poking people with knitting needles, which are very sharp indeed.

This past weekend, Ravelry.com's founders showed the world how easy it is to de-platform white nationalists and racists when they banned all "support of Donald Trump and his administration" from their website, concluding they "cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy." Seems like people smart enough to decode a knitting pattern are also smart enough to decode Trump's not-so-hidden message of racism and white nationalism.

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One day, God willing, my grandchildren will click open their history textbooks and read about the Central American migrant internment camps. They'll learn about sick kids, locked in cages, kept hungry and dirty and cold for weeks on end, and they'll be horrified.

"Bubbie," they'll say, "how could this happen in America? How could there be toddlers sleeping on the ground without blankets, without soap or toothbrushes to clean themselves?"

"I don't know. I wish I had done more. I'm ashamed," I'll say. We will all have to answer for this atrocity. But some of us will have to answer more than others. Not just the archvillains like Stephen Miller and John Kelly, but the people who kept right on doing their jobs, even as those jobs morphed into defending concentration camps.

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