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From: "Harris, Gardiner" >
Date: November 18, 2016 at 11:01:38 AM GMT+1
To: "Gabriel, Brian" >
Pool was led into a room where POTUS, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Francois
Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy were gathered.
Obama sat between Merkel and Renzi at a round table with a white tablecloth that looked like something provided by a cut-rate caterer at an Italian wedding. The room was one of those modernist psychotic spaces decried by Norman Mailer, with a ceiling that undulated downward for no particular reason and a phalanx of western-facing glass that sent the sun's rays directly into Obama's and Merkel's eyes. Surrounding the leaders were modernist paintings that provided splashes of color in an otherwise dreary setting. Think Edward Hopper on the Spree, with a similar sense of desperate loneliness arising from the leaders' myriad woes.
Pool was allowed inside for less than a minute, and Merkel in particular seemed eager for pool to depart so work could commence.
Your pool is now holding nearby.
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