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Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015 2:49 PM
To: Barnes, Desiree N.
Subject: POOL Report #4 -- The Prince and the Duchess in the Oval Office
Pool Report #4 — Oval Office — the Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
March 19, 2015
A pool spray best described as a drive-by. It took longer for the US and UK pools to enter the Oval Office than the time journalists were permitted to remain. In at 2:16. Out at 2:17 pm.
POOL Q. Have you called PM Netanyahu yet?
Obama: "Thank you everybody.” Big smile.
The president leaned in to speak quietly to Prince Charles, who sat in a chair to the president’s right, in front of the fireplace.
Their conversation, thanks to audio recorded by AP Radio’s Mark Smith :
Obama: I think it’s fair to say that the American people are quite fond of the royal family.
Prince Charles: That’s awfully nice to know.
Obama: They like them much better than they like their own politicians.
Prince Charles: I don’t believe that. [pause] I tell you what was nice was going back to Mount Vernon yesterday.
Obama: That’s wonderful.
Prince Charles: Because you know, I was there 45 years ago — in 1970 — so it was fantastic. It is very special there.
Obama: That’s lovely. That’s beautiful.
The prince, in a navy suit with small stripe, shook his head ever so slightly, side to side, gazing at the herd of noisy cameras and journalists crowded into the Oval Office. Camilla, wearing an oyster-colored coat/dress and diamond brooch, wore a smile from her perch on the sofa to her husband’s right. Her hands were on her lap.
Obama and Prince Charles last met in the Oval Office in May 2011.
On this trip, the prince and duchess arrived in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, and will end their U.S. visit in Kentucky on Friday. Among locations they visited in DC were the Lincoln Memorial, the MLK Jr. Memorial, the National Archives, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, in Virginia.