In this WH pool report, the obligatory "now playing on AF1" update gets a symbolic read:
ln-flight entertainment: "The Incredibles," the animated feature about aging superheroes who postpone their retirements for society's sake. (Coincidence? You be the judge.)Also, we think someone is looking for the next Jeff Gannon: "A beaming Karl Rove embraced selected members of the press corps."
Full report after the jump.
Westfield, N.J., to Notre Dame, Ind.
The president wrapped up his first Social Security "conversation" 20 minutes ahead of schedule. Our motorcade departed the Westfield Armory at 11:50 a.m. About a half-block away, a group of protestors held signs advising Bush to keep his hands off their benefits. "No more lies," they chanted energetically. More protestors were observed in other locations along the motorcade route. It appeared they had more than just Social Security on their minds. "Bring the troops home," read one placard. "No public funds for religion," declared another. "Abort Bush," said a third.
The 20-minute drive along the Garden State Parkway and I-78 was unexciting, except when your pooler's van seat detached itself from the floorboard during a sharp turn. Our van driver said Westfield was a predominately Republican enclave in otherwise Democratic-leaning Union County.
We arrived at the Newark airport still way ahead of schedule. Wheels up: 12:15 p.m. In-flight entertainment: "The Incredibles," the animated feature about aging superheroes who postpone their retirements for society's sake. (Coincidence? You be the judge.) Lunch: Hawaiian sandwiches (chicken, bacon, pineapple and cheese on a bun), skewered fruit pieces and really big cookies, washed down with lemonade.
We arrived in South Bend, Ind., now a half-hour early. Bush, bundled in black wool topcoat, shook hands with Freedom Corps volunteer Lucy Kuminecz and several other greeters. A beaming Karl Rove embraced selected members of the press corps.
The 15-member motorcade to the South Bend Riverfront Mariott was uneventful. No protestors were observed. We marked time in a holding room for about an hour and a half. At 4 p.m., we embarked on a 10-minute trip to the University of Notre Dame's Joyce Center, where this pool shift ended without incident.
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