WH Pool Report: Cold Fish Edition

In this White House pool report, the visit of the King and Queen of Norway, celebrating Norwegian independence. As our pooler says, "Herring is on the march." Other highlights:


When a reporter called out to the smiling president as cameras captured the moment, "Is Norway doing enough in Iraq?", POTUS kept smiling as if not planning to answer and then blurted, "Yes."
And they say the WH is not forthcoming!

More -- including a fun Norwegian word-of-the-day -- after the jump.

Flash from a fotomulighet:

Asked by a reporter today if Norway is doing enough in Iraq, the POTUS paused and replied, "Yes."

There may be no news contained here, in the official POTUS greeting of visiting Norwegian royalty, but that's not stopping me:

King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway pulled up in a doubly flag-decorated black limo to the white canopy on the south drive of the

White House on a splendid, windy, pre-spring morning, with a neck-warming sun pressing through a partly cloudy sky and the mercury

pushing 60 F, at 11:51 am ET.

"Fotomulighet" - the Norwegian term for photo opportunity, as told to your pooler by a member of the Norwegian press, with several

assembled here. Apparently there was a black coat memo that had gone around.

POTUS and FLOTUS came out beneath the canopy to greet KON and QON, and the four stood for a quick fotomulighet: L to R, KON, FLOTUS, POTUS and QON.

When a reporter called out to the smiling president as cameras captured the moment, "Is Norway doing enough in Iraq?", POTUS kept smiling as if not planning to answer and then blurted, "Yes."

The four turned and walked inside at 11:52 am.

The purpose of the KON's and QON's luncheon with POTUS today, Scott McClellan informed us at the morning gaggle today, was "an opportunity to highlight our close friendship and highlight the 100th anniversary of Norwegian independence."

Herring is on the march.

Independence was achieved in 1905. King Harald serves as chief of state in a hereditary monarchy that will celebrate the anniversary of

its Constituion on May 17.

Mark Silva

White House Correspondent

Chicago Tribune

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