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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.

[AP Photo/Susan Walsh]

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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