Actor Rob Lowe suddenly appeared in the White House press room today, escorted by White House Correspondents’ Association President Ed Henry of Fox News.
I was very excited, of course, to meet Ed Henry.
Yeah, that’s a joke. Though Ed is a good guy.
But Lowe seemed one too, graciously shaking hands with all and posing for photos with star-struck journalists. As he waded through, radio reporters tumbled out of their booths to see him, desk reporters rose to meet him, and CBS’s Mark Knoller rose to Tweet him.
That’s tireless Tweeter and chronicler of all things White House Knoller below, just behind Lowe, in a shot I took just after he Tweeted to the world that Lowe was among us.
Sorry, ladies, that the focus is better on Mark instead of Rob.
Lowe said he was at the White House to meet with National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling. Don’t ask me, I don’t get it either.
Gene of course is famous in the White House press corps for staging soporific briefings for reporters and balling out Bob Woodward for half an hour. I assume he avoided giving Lowe the latter treatment. As to the former, we asked Lowe how his nap was.
Afterward, Henry escorted Lowe down to the White House swimming pool, the indoor one built by FDR. It’s still there, underneath the briefing room, which Nixon had built right above it. You can go down and walk around.
I mentioned to Lowe that JFK had done a lot of his relaxing there. He caught my drift.