Subject: Pool report from Western Wall
Pool departed at 2:20 from the hotel, for a quick 4-min ride to the Western Wall. Few seemed to take note of the motorcade, other than a few onlookers.
As Mitt and Ann Romney emerged entered the grounds, a small crowd applauded. Mitt and Ann parted ways, going to separate portions of the wall.
Romney was immediately surrounded by people, and a team of guards who weren’t afraid to stiff-arm your pooler, repeatedly.
“Hi. Very nice to meet you,” Romney said to one person. “Good to see you,” to another. Cell phones were out snapping photos of Romney.
Many chanted at him as he walked slowly toward the wall.
One man started clapping. “Good luck to you,” he told Romney “God bless you.”
Then someone shouted “Here comes the next president!” “He is for Israel!” shouted another.
Among those with Romney were son Josh, Dan Senor, Lanhee Chen, and Spencer Zwick.
He stood for several minutes with a man who has diagrams and looked to be describing the wall, an where on the Temple Mount Romney was standing. Romney then took a piece of paper and wrote something on it. He approached the Wall, bowed his head and put his right hand on the wall. After about 20 seconds he looked up and stuck his note into a space on the wall.
The man who was teaching him earlier gave a book to Romney, who gave it to Garrett Jackson. The book had the title, “Touching the Stone of Our Heritage.”
As he began to leave, he motioned to aides and said the man accompanying him, “They’re taking me to a meeting. A real honor to be here.” He ignored all questions shouted at him, including what he wrote on his note.
People seemed supportive as he left (save for the guards, who continued stiff-arming to keep a distance from Mitt). One man shouted, “Beat Obama, governor! Beat Obama!” Another said, “Get rid of Obamacare!” Another said, “Romney we love you!”
“Mr. Romney, say hello to Georgia!” one man said.
Romney looked over his shoulder and waved. “Hello, Georgia.”
With that, he got back in his car, 15 minutes after he had arrived.
My tape was rolling the whole time. Don’t think it got anything good, but anyone is welcome to it.
Matt Viser, national political reporter
The Boston Globe, Washington Bureau