WH Pool Report: The Better Part of Valor Edition

In this White House pool report, the good men of St. John continue to go over the President's head:


The Rev. Dr. Luis Leon delivered today's sermon, in which he discussed God's "call to adventure," and said it is good for Christians to consider God's calls to action carefully. Citing the passage from Matthew - in which a man named Zebedee stays in his fishing boat while his sons, James and John, get out to follow Jesus - he said that careful hesitation such as Zebedee's is not unwise. His sons, in contrast, were "poster boys of Christian enthusiasm," Leon said.
Also Rice pretend to answer a question!

Full report after the jump.

From: White House Press Releases

Sent: Sun Jan 23 14:48:35 2005

Subject: POOL REPORT #1, 1/23/2005

POOL REPORT #1

PRESIDENT BUSH AT CHURCH

January 23, 2005

The President, wearing a charcoal grey suit, blue shirt and red tie, boarded his SUV and his motorcade departed the South Entrance at 7:54 a.m. for the short one-minute ride to St. John's. Joining him were the First Lady, in a trim, dark grey suit; his father, former President George H.W. Bush, wearing a white turtleneck and dark blazer; and former first lady Barbara Bush in a brown pant suit. The President was the only member of his party forgoing a winter overcoat in the frigid, windy air. An unidentified woman in a fur coat stood at the door of the mansion waving to them for a minute or two before the motorcade set off.

Readings at St. John's, where the current and 41st presidents sat together in a pew, were from the books of Amos (3:1-8), Corinthians (1:10-17) and Matthew (4:12-23).

The Rev. Dr. Luis Leon delivered today's sermon, in which he discussed God's "call to adventure," and said it is good for Christians to consider God's calls to action carefully. Citing the passage from Matthew - in which a man named Zebedee stays in his fishing boat while his sons, James and John, get out to follow Jesus - he said that careful hesitation such as Zebedee's is not unwise. His sons, in contrast, were "poster boys of Christian enthusiasm," Leon said.

"When I'm being invited to be part of God's great adventure, I tend to sit back in the boat," Leon said, inviting laughter when he recalled the years he waited before working up the nerve to ask for his wife's hand in marriage.

Prayers were then offered to parishioners serving overseas in Sudan, Haiti and Iraq, and for victims of the tsunami.

Communion is one of the few occasions where the President has to wait in line anywhere, and today he was joined in the queue by the first lady and his parents. Just before taking communion, the President lent a helping hand to a dowager stepping down from the pulpit. The entire service lasted about a half hour.

"Good morning, everybody," the President said to the gathered pool outside, throwing us a wave before boarding his SUV. He helped his guests aboard and then hesitated, turned and said, "I'm looking forward to working on my State of the Union [speech] here today. I know you're anticipating me delivering it."

Asked by the poolfor a preview, the President replied, "I think I better save it for the actual day." He grinned and stepped into truck. The motorcade made the 30-second ride back to the White House and pulled up into West Executive Drive, where your pool leaped out and descended down to the Palm Room. After a few minutes, Andy Card and Condoleezza Rice strolled over from the West Wing and passed by your pool in the Palm Room.

Your pooler asked Rice if she had any concerns about the upcoming Iraqi elections and she continued walking, saying only, "We're going to Camp David."

When you pooler asked if she needed time at Camp David to consider her answer to the question, she politely stepped back into the Palm Room and said, reassuringly, "The iraqis will be - will be just fine. They're starting a process and this is an important step, a first step for them in this democratic process."

POTUS departed for Camp David a few minutes later amid a snowy rotorwash white-out, and that was a lid for your pool today.

James Gordon Meek

New York Daily News

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