HHM…not close enough to ask a Syria question

Subject: Pool Report #1

Pool was ushered into the State Dining Room, where President Obama is hosting a Father’s Day luncheon — consider this your reminder to buy gifts. The president entered the room at 11:40 a.m. and asked, “What’s going on everybody?”

Since you were probably wondering, the president was never close enough to the pool for us to shout questions at him about Syria.

Fathers and their children as well as students and leaders from the Becoming a Man program at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago, joined Obama for the lunch.

“It is good to see all of you here, so many young people, so many outstanding dads — a few moms chaperoning,” Obama said. “Obviously, this is a great way for us to celebrate Father’s Day and just to remind ourselves, those of us who are fathers, how lucky we are.”

“It’s the best job I’ve got,” he said reflecting on his own family.

“The idea that we might get afternoon ice cream is always good,” Obama said, at which point, a kid in the crowd let out a big laugh.

“Yes, I know — it makes people happy,” he said.

POTUS walked around to various tables to pose for picture. He asked one boy about his summer plans and commended another for getting straight A’s. Not one to pass up a photo opportunity, he held up the cutest baby in the room — photographers were appreciative.

As he got closer to reporters, pool was ushered out of the room at 11:50 a.m.

Administration officials were sprinkled throughout the room, including White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Alan Krueger, chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, Jason Furman — Obama’s nominee to replace Krueger — and Miguel Rodriguez, director of legislative affairs. Gene Sperling walked in later to join the lunch.

There were eight tables, and participants chowed down on cheeseburgers, fries, and salads. The centerpiece at each table was a bowl of apples. And lunch-goers drank lemonade and water.


Brian Hughes

The Washington Examiner

White House Correspondent