From: Gillman, Todd [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 11:27 AM
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Subject: pool report #1/NASCAR event - no news
Pool report #1
Open press event in East Room honoring 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch and his team members.
On a table next to the president’s lectern, Busch’s 2015 Sprint Cup trophy: sterling silver, depicting two checkered flags in flight. Next to that, a green and brown racing helmet with Busch’s name, and the names and logos of sponsors Toyota and M&M’s.
While awaiting the president, guests and the news media enjoyed music one might not immediately associate with stock car racing. More of a cool jazz medley. About 150 seated guests and a modest/sparse press corps.
The event started at 11:15, 15 minutes behind schedule, as Busch’s team took the stage. The president and Busch entered two minutes later.
Obama joked that the first lady probably wouldn’t let him drive a car with M&Ms all over it. Maybe carrots. And he joked that “It’s 2016. There were some people who thought we were going to see a Bush back here in the White House this. They didn’t know it was going to be Kyle.”
He lauded charity and service work by Busch and NASCAR.
Busch presented the helmet to Obama as a gift.
“Tell me the truth, what are you pumping in through there?” Obama asked, smiling.
“Some pretty good stuff,” Busch said, laughing.
“Everybody smile. No rabbit ears behind me,” the president said as he posed for photos. At 11:24 he was gone with a wave.
Todd J. Gillman
Washington Bureau Chief
The Dallas Morning News