Subject: Pool report #2
The president has conquered the Andrews course and returned to the White House. Or so we are told. In a breach of longtanding policy, the motorcade departed without hooking up with the press vans even though the vans had been loaded and waiting for more than half an hour.
The pool does not know first hand when the president left the base, what route he took, or when he arrived at the White House. We were told that he arrived at 5:58 and went to the residence.
The press vans departed the base at 5:45 and we were informed the motorcade had left about ten minutes earlier. The pool vans arrived back at 6:13.
For what it is worth, your pooler, no doubt invigorated by his inability to tell you anything for certain, registered a protest at this breach and would assume there would be a more formal followup discussion.
George Condon, National Journal