Fwd: Travel pool report #5 - 11/16/16

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From: "Lee, Carol" >
Date: November 16, 2016 at 1:41:50 PM GMT+2
To: "Gabriel, Brian A. Jr. EOP/WHO" >
Subject: Travel pool report #5 - 11/16/16

Shortly after 1pm POTUS appeared in a part of the museum where pool was preset. It featured original marble statues, busts and masks from the Acropolis. He's changed into a suit and tie. He was with a tour guide.

Per WH his tour guide is Professor Dimitrios Pandermalis, President of the Acropolis Museum. More details from WH on the Acropolis visit at the end of this pool report.

Your pooler couldn't hear POTUS. He said something about Agora when looking at a mask. He said "I can see, she's scary." No idea the context or what he was talking about. He said something he found funny when looking at a sculpture that looked like a calf under a cow.

Jeff Mason of Reuters asked POTUS what he thought. "Beautiful," he replied.

Pool moved at 1:13pm to a different section of the museum up a couple flights of stairs. This is an area that is a replica of inside the Parthenon.

About 10 minutes later, POTUS appeared with his tour guide. Your pooler couldn't hear what they were talking about. Just odds and ends, like POTUS saying he likes the architecture as he looked out the windows facing the real Parthenon. And he said "beautiful" to himself as he walked.

Pool was ushered out at 1:27pm.

For those wondering, bathrobe man is still at his window perch. Still wearing his bathrobe. He did move to a different window in his apartment though.

Pool is in motorcade ready to move to the speech site.

Background from WH:

Acropolis Tour
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

On Wednesday, Nov. 16th, President Obama will tour the Acropolis in Athens. The following sites will be included in his tour.

*       The Odeon of Herodes Atticus. A music venue built in 161 AD on the side of the Acropolis hill by Herodes Atticus as a monument to his wife. The Greek state restored the structure in the 1950's and today it is a prestigious concert venue.

*       The Propylaea. Used to control access to the Acropolis, both for security and religious reasons. Walking up the steps of the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike stands to the right, constructed to celebrate the victory of Athens over Sparta in the Peloponnesian wars.

*       The Erechtheum. Built at the end of the 4th century BC, the building was dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon and the site of a legendary competition between the two to be the patron deity of the city.

*       The Parthenon. The largest temple on the Acropolis represents the pinnacle of Greek classical art and architecture from the "golden age" of Athens in the 5th century BC. Dedicated to Athena, the building was dominated by a giant ivory and gold statue of the goddess.  The Parthenon stood largely intact until the 17th century, when it was used as an armory by the Ottomans and suffered severe damage during a Venetian bombardment.

*       Belvedere Tower. A modern platform that centers around a large Greek flag, visible throughout the city. During the Nazi occupation of Greece, two young Greek boys, Lakis Santas and Manolis Glezos, climbed up and replaced the swastika with the Greek flag in protest. Glezos, now in his 90's, represented Greece for the ruling SYRIZA party in the EU parliament up until 2015.

Carol Lee
The Wall Street Journal

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