During President Obama’s vacation in Hawaii, news can be scarce for the White House pool reporters as they wait in some neutral holding area while Mr. Obama golfs, dines or bikes. The “poolers” must be resourceful. Such was the case Tuesday for
Gardiner Harris, White House correspondent for The New York Times, sent to cover Mr. Obama’s morning workout at a gym on Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
“Pool is holding at a nearby McDonalds, whose localized breakfast menu includes a deluxe breakfast that includes Spam,” wrote Mr. Harris. “Your pooler believes strongly in being sensitive to local culture and its offerings. But there are some traditions that are unequivocally wrong (slavery and child labor spring to mind), and braised spam with scrambled eggs falls into that unfortunate category of unacceptable localized abominations. If Scrapple had been on the menu, this judgment would quite obviously be different.”