From: Herndon, Astead
Sent: Sunday, December 4, 2016 10:47 PM
To: Rutherford, Sarah D. EOP/WHO
Subject: Pool report #6 (and a lid)
The Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, which will air for television audiences later this month, was a lively affair, featuring several memorable musical performances. It lasted more then 3 hours, though many other details remain under embargo.
POTUS and FLOTUS, the latter of whom, according to a White House staffer, was wearing a green, off-shoulder dress designed by Gucci, also seemed to enjoy the performances.
When on camera, both bobbed their head to the music and POTUS could be seen snapping his fingers. Your pooler, a former drummer, appreciated that POTUS snapped on beat.
FLOTUS, when shown on camera, was often speaking to Mavis Staples, one of the night's honorees who was seated next to Mrs. Obama.
Again, pool was not in the Opera Hall during the ceremony, but watched on closed circut television from a holding room.
At 10:05 p.m., during one of the ceremony's final performances, pool was loaded into vans and transported back to the White House. Poolers then sat in vans from that time until the 10:39 p.m., when we joined the presidential motorcade and departed.
The presidential motorcade left the Kennedy Center at 10:39 p.m. and arrived to the White House at 10:44 p.m.
Following our arrival to the White House, a lid was called for the evening. The lid was called at 10:45 p.m.
This pooler, a first timer, enjoyed his day.