Fw: Pool Report 7

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Pool Report 7

Apologies for late report. Problems with Internet connection in the Hilton basement ballroom.

White House estimates 2,700 in attendance in Hilton ballroom for the 101st White House Correspondents’ Dinner. A sea of people in tables.

At about 8:17 p.m. POTUS was introduced, as were members of the WHCA board and Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

Then the dinner commenced.

The program commenced at 9:44.

WHCA President Christi Parson honored Peter Peter Greste, an Al Jazeera journalist who was imprisoned in Egypt and Washington Post reporter JasonJason Rezaian who remains imprisoned in Iran, both for “the crime of practicing journalism."

At 10:02, FLOTUS met each WHCA scholarship recipient with a hug.

POTUS took the podium at 10:20 and called the dinner. Public remarks, but here are highlights. As always, check against transcript.

He talked about the fourth quarter of his presidency and  “I have some that rhymes with bucket list.” Executive action on immigration, “Bucket.”

He joked that he balances multiple issues, “All while finding time to pray 5 times a day.”

Talking about his graying appearance, “I look so old, John Boehner has already asked Netanyahu to speak at my funeral.” He adds Michelle hasn’t aged a day.

On Michelle Bachman speculating he might bring about the biblical end of days, Obama joked, “That’s a legacy. Lincoln, Washington, they didn’t do that.

He joked about most of the Republican candidates for 2016 and said, including:

“Jeb Bush identified himself as Hispanic back in 2001. But, I understand, I identified myself as American back in 1961.”

“Ted Cruz said denying the existence of climate change makes him like Galileo. That’s not really an apt comparison. Galileo believed the earth revolved around the sun. Ted Cruz believes the earth revolves around Ted Cruz.”

He did a funny sketch with Luther the Anger Translator from Key and Peele towards the end.

His entire stand up was about 22 minutes.

Press was promptly escorted out at 11:08 as soon as Cecily Strong finished her stand up. Motorcade departed Hilton at 11:14 and arrived at the White House at 11:20.

Fred Lucas
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Motorcade arrived at Hilton  at 7:06 pm.

Many enthusiastic people on the streets of DC waving and  cheering at the motorcade and taking pictures.

Awaiting the start of the big show.

- Fred Lucas
The Blaze

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> On Apr 25, 2015, at 7:03 PM, Lucas, Fred  wrote:
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> Press loaded into van at about 6:35 pm.
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> Motorcade departed from White House at 7:02 en route to the Hilton for the WHCA Dinner.
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> Fred Lucas
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>> On Apr 25, 2015, at 5:20 PM, Lucas, Fred  wrote:
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>> At 4:20 pm press loaded into Van after being notified POTUS was on the 16th hole of golf.
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>> Weather remained a a crisp lower 50s all day. Mostly cloudy. Pool didn't get a glimpse of POTUS golfing. Holding in the BK during the day.
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>> Exited Andrews AFB gates at 5:11 en route to White House:
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>> At 5:15 it began to rain lightly, so good timing.
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>> - Fred Lucas
>> The Blaze
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>>> On Apr 25, 2015, at 11:48 AM, Lucas, Fred  wrote:
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>>> Motorcade entered Andrews Air Force Base gates at 11:36 a.m.
>>> Press vans parked pool at base Burger King at 11:39.
>>>
>>> From White House, the President's golfing partners today are:
>>>
>>> Marvin Nicholson
>>> Joe Paulsen
>>> Sam Kass
>>> Hasan Chandoo
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>>> Fred Lucas
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>>> Pool loaded into van at 10:58 am. Slightly chilly day, 52 degrees. Departed North lawn  at 11:13. Did not spot POTUS.
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>>> - Fred Lucas
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