WH Pool Report: Hold the Pimento

In these WH pool reports, the president continues his campaign badger the press into spending more money in local establishments:


I[n] front of a metal bucket of peanuts and said to the pool: “Y’all just work for peanuts, right?” Then the leader of the world’s remaining superpower said: “I gotta get me a burger.” At that point he looked at pooler Jim Lakely and said: “Make sure you spend your money.”

We're sure they would, if only they could figure out what to order:

POTUS, glancing at the pool, said “You would think these people would be ordering something to eat.” (laughter) He then ordered the cheeseburger. “I’m getting the pimento cheeseburger. It’s what everyone recommends.”

-- POOL REPORT #2, 4/18/05

Correction: “Palmetto cheeseburger” not “pimento cheeseburger.”

--- POOL REPORT #2A, 4/18/05

CORRECTION TO EARLIER CHEESEBURGER CORRECTION: Your official poolers, the Jim Lakely and Matt Cooper tag-team, had it right the first time. Mr. Bush ordered a "Pimento Burger," not a "Palmetto Burger" when he stopped at Rockaway for lunch. Another member of the pool convinced us that his driver -- who insisted that it was a Palmetto burger -- was right. Mr. Lakely regrets the error of going against what Mr. Cooper saw with his own eyes. (The Pimento burger fact was also confirmed by an writer for Columbia's "The State" newspaper who eats at Rockaway regularly).

-- POOL REPORT #3, 04-18-05, COLUMBIA, S.C., TO ANDREWS AFB

At least we didn't need to get a grand jury involved. All three reports, in all their greasy glory, after the jump.

From: XXXXXXXXX@list.whitehouse.gov On Behalf Of White House Press Releases

Sent: Monday, April 18, 2005 1:48 PM

Subject: POOL REPORT #2, 4/18/05

Pool #2

State House to Columbia Airport

At 1:20 PM, Bush made an unexpected stop at Rockaway Athletic club, a sports bar and restaurant where he bellied up to the bar to order the Pimento Cheeseburger (priced at $5.10 on the menu.) I[n] front of a metal bucket of peanuts and said to the pool: “Y’all just work for peanuts, right?” Then the leader of the world’s remaining superpower said: “I gotta get me a burger.” At that point he looked at pooler Jim Lakely and said: “Make sure you spend your money.”

He asked Adam Entous of Reuters if he followed him around everywhere and Adam replied: “yes, sir.” After POTUS ordered, the waitress told him that was “a good choice.” POTUS, glancing at the pool, said “You would think these people would be ordering something to eat.” (laughter) He then ordered the cheeseburger. “I’m getting the pimento cheeseburger. It’s what everyone recommends.” 

Then we loaded up and went to the airport.

Jim Lakely, Wash Times

Matt Cooper, TIME  

 From: XXXXXXXXXX@list.whitehouse.gov On Behalf Of White House Press Releases

Sent: Monday, April 18, 2005 2:03 PM

Subject: POOL REPORT #2A, 4/18/05

Correction: “Palmetto cheeseburger” not “pimento cheeseburger.”

Jim Lakely, Wash Times

Matt Cooper, TIME

From: XXXXXXXX@list.whitehouse.gov On Behalf Of White

House Press Releases

Sent: Monday, April 18, 2005 4:37 PM

Subject: POOL REPORT #3, 4/18/05

POOL REPORT #3, 04-18-05, COLUMBIA, S.C., TO ANDREWS AFB

CORRECTION TO EARLIER CHEESEBURGER CORRECTION: Your official poolers, the Jim Lakely and Matt Cooper tag-team, had it right the first time. Mr. Bush ordered a "Pimento Burger," not a "Palmetto Burger" when he stopped at Rockaway for lunch. Another member of the pool convinced us that his driver -- who insisted that it was a Palmetto burger -- was right. Mr. Lakely regrets the error of going against what Mr. Cooper saw with his own eyes. (The Pimento burger fact was also confirmed by an writer for Columbia's "The State" newspaper who eats at Rockaway regularly).

As for the rest of the trip, Scott McClellan popped his head in the press area to tell us that Mr. Bush's interview with Lebanese television is going to air tomorrow in prime time in that country, 8:30 p.m. Lebanon time. Scott also declined to give any indication about the next Canadian ambassador, and stuck by what the president had said earlier about Tom Delay when asked about Sen. Trent Lott's call Sunday for a more vigorous defense ofthe Majority Leader from the White House.

For lunch, presidential staff was treated to Pimento burgers. Your pool was fed delicious turkey and roast beef wraps, tortilla chips and and lemon Italian Ices. Wheels up in Columbia, S.C., at 2:02 p.m. Wheels down at Andrews at 2:54 p.m. POTUS emerged from AF1 under mostly sunny skies and a warm breeze at 3:02 p.m. Marine One was away at at 3:05 p.m.

James G. Lakely

White House Correspondent

The Washington Times

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