Friday, June 08, 2012

A Presidential Farewell Cake Aboard AF1

Reporter leaving the White House press corps gets special treat from President Obama...
The White House pooler traveling with President Obama on Thursday night has just added a party note to the report about the return flight from Las Vegas, Nevada to Washington, DC. Shortly before landing at Andrews Air Force Base, President Obama "popped into the press cabin unannounced" at 8:20 PM Eastern time, to mark the final flight of Reuters White House correspondent Caren Bohan aboard Air Force One. The President carried a tray with a bowl of strawberry shortcake, topped with a single lit candle plunked into the whipped cream.

The President congratulated Bohan on taking a new job, asked when she starts, said she had done a wonderful job as a reporter and as president of the White House Correspondents Association. He also asked her to blow out the candle and make a wish--preferably one that had something to do with the number 270, pool reported. (Above: with Bohan at this year's WHCA dinner)

The President then autographed Bohan's Reuters/AF1 seat card with the message “We’re proud of you! All the best.”

Ever the economizer, the President's celebratory cake was the dessert that had already been served to the press corps for their in-flight dinner. The President's last in-flight cake presentation to a reporter aboard AF1 was in May, when he was traveling home from a visit to Afghanistan. He presented birthday cake to Bloomberg News White House correspondent Julianna Goldman.

Air Force One touched down at 8:36 PM at Andrews on Thursday night....

*Top photo by Pete Souza/White House; second by AP/pool