FW: Pool Report #2 -- travel photo lid plus correction #2

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From: Baker, Peter [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 5:26 PM
To: Velz, Peter T. EOP
Subject: Pool Report #2 -- travel photo lid plus correction #2

Pool Report #2 -- travel photo lid plus correction #2 Sept. 15, 2015

How many corrections can be issued for one simple pool report? We're trying for a record here.

For clarity, King Felipe VI will be visiting St. Augustine, Florida. Potus described it as "the oldest Spanish settlement here in the hemisphere," which was a phrasing adopted by your pooler. The king was more precise in his wording, calling it "the first European permanent settlement in the U.S."

Having now heard from our friends in Puerto Rico -- as well as a fellow history buff in the office -- it seems worth being as precise as possible. So here's how the National Park Service describes it: "The St. Augustine Town Plan Historic District, a National Historic Landmark, encompasses the site of the oldest continuously occupied European and African American settlements in the United States." (>http://www.nps.gov/nr//travel/geo-flor/24.htm<)

This other site, though, notes that San Juan, founded in 1521, is the oldest city under U.S. jurisdiction, while St. Augustine, founded in 1565, is the oldest in the continental United States. (>http://www.topuertorico.org/city/sanjuan.shtml<)

Thanks for your forbearance. Your pooler, having failed on so many levels today, now plans to retire for the day. Hopefully.

Travel photo lid has been called.

Peter Baker
NY Times

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