A dip into the pool reports: cherry

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From a White House pool report filed Tuesday by the Los Angeles Times’s Maeve Reston, who was covering the Obama family’s vacation in Hawaii:

Shortly before 3:30pm, President Obama emerged from Island Snow in Kailua holding a cherry and lemon-lime shave ice in a paper cone. His daughters had emerged first with about a dozen other friends and family members and headed to several benches outside the shop. Mrs. Obama did not join the group on the shave ice outing. …

“Oh my goodness,” one woman screamed.

“What’s up buddy,” the President said to the small boys on the far end of the line.

“Mr. President you’re fantastic,” a woman shouted.

“Hey sweetie, how are you,” the President said to another child.

He engaged in a conversation with another man about the cherry flavor, but their exchange was inaudible beyond the word “cherry.”