Dispatches from the pool

For sheer trivia and worthlessness, nothing beats the “pool report” issued to the local media when a president visits. It’s usually written by one reporter selected to be the “official” dispenser of information, so as not to litter the area with the likes of reporters.

Here’s the first dispatch from today’s presidential visit to Minneapolis.


The President emerged from the Air Force One at around 10:50 a.m. on a glorious, sunny morning in Minneapolis. AF1 came to a stop outside an Air Force Reserve hangar. The President strode down the steps wearing a dark blue suit and black shoes. He was joined on the flight by U.S. Reps. Betty McCollum and Tim Walz, D-Minn. He was greeted by Democratic U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar along with U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. He was also met by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.

The President had a particularly long chat with Ellison, but the pool reporter could not hear the conversation.President then jogged over and immediately began shaking hands with about 90 well-wishers, including one woman carrying an Obama portrait. The snapped pictures with cameras and camera phones as he got close.

“How is everybody doing?” the President asked? The crowd cheered.”Welcome to Minnesota,” one woman said.”School out yet?” the President asked one school age kid.

Repeating if you just tuned in: It was a glorious morning in Minneapolis.

Full details later.

  • Chuck

    Wow. Now THAT’S hard-hitting journalism.

  • Robert Moffitt

    Well, to be fair, it IS rather nice outside today…

  • jon

    Man when you read stuff like this it’s easy to see how the 24 hour news networks can spend so much time talking about nothing.

    Blue suite, and black shoes… interesting… I wonder what kind of statement that is supposed to make about the state of our economy and domestic affairs.

  • Jim Shapiro

    jon – “Blue suite, and black shoes… interesting…”

    Heavens! It’s after Memorial Day. A president who wasn’t prejudiced against the Job Creators would have been wearing WHITE!

    MITT would have know that!

  • Bob Collins

    I’m pretty sure the writer was pretty much mocking the whole operation.