Fw: Lid called; Pool # 8

From: Harris, Gardiner
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2015 6:01 PM
To: Allen, Jessica L. EOP/WHO
Subject: Lid called; Pool # 8

NEWS: The motorcade sped east, the setting sun in our rearview mirror, and has just returned to the Kailua neighborhood where POTUS and family have a rental house. We have a lid. Happy New Year!

USELESS COLOR (bad pooler! bad!): Hawaiians complain bitterly about traffic, and national rankings confirm that Honolulu has severe back-ups. Your pooler, having criss-crossed the island in a motorcade that stops for no light, man or vehicle, has not experienced the particular angst of a Hawaiian traffic jam. But Hawaiians, take note. Your pooler would have happily stopped at just about any point on the journey back to Kailua, with scenery that seemed appropriate for the next Jurassic Park sequel or King Kong epic. In the island’s middle, nearly vertical mountain slopes dripping with ferns and jungle fuzz ring the highway. On its edges, tentacles of land get swallowed by a churning sea. Road delays here are just different, with every drive an outdoor version of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Somehow, national rankings should reflect this.

Gardiner Harris
White House Correspondent
The New York Times
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Washington DC 20006
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