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From: "Wan, William" >
Date: September 6, 2016 at 11:05:57 AM GMT+7
To: "Allen, Jessica L. EOP/WHO" >
Subject: Preset Pool report from presidential palace #1 - soaked in rain and waiting for much anticipated arrival of obama
Rainy morning in Laos as presidential palace prepares to welcome obama.
At 8:30am, Chefs in white toques are handwalking dishes into the presidential palace.
Red carpet literally being rolled out in front of Vietiane's presidential palace entrance plaza for obama. But quickly drenched by the drizzling rain. Dozen workers furiously use squeegees to squeeze as much rain out of carpet as possible, but losing battle as drizzle turns to earnest rain.
At 9:30am, More than 100 soldiers bearing bayonet rifles begin marching into plaza in front of presidential palace. Immediately stopped by secret service, who begin slow process of checking every single rifle to make sure none loaded.
An hour into preparations at 9:45am, rain has now become outright downpour. Workers, soldiers and secret service all retreat to palace cover. Your hardworking pool however is staying in rain, as security officials make clear this exposed patch of grass in the rain is the only secure area we are allowed in.
Pool pulling out trustee free G20 umbrella he kept from hangzhou (despite concerns it might be bugged by the chinese) and says a quiet, thankful prayer for this gracious parting gift from the chinese.
10am and still waiting for obama. Pool thinking dry thoughts as G20 umbrella has broken, and drooping on one side. But pool finding it hard to complain as soldiers are ordered back out and now stand painfully straight st attention while water trickles down their faces and soaks their polyester uniforms.
"That can't be comfortable," fellow pooler mutters in sympathy.