VPOTUS and his entourage greeted a panel of local businesspeople -- all of whom had personal connections with Speaker Ryan, who spoke in loving detail about their business successes and personal struggles.
Seated at the center of a U-shaped table on the floor of Blain's distribution center, Ryan recalled that Bert Blain, the father of the current owner, Jane Blain Gilbertson, had died young if a heart attack. That threw the business in 'unexpectedly thrown at you' at an early age, he said.
Ryan, whose m own father died of a heart attack when he was a teenager, said he felt a special kinship with Gilbertson.
Pool ushered out as they discussed problems with Obamacare.
The group then took a photo op tour of shelves stacked with every conceivable size and variety of air filter.
Pence ignored shouted questions -- including 'When did you find out Mr. Sessions talked to the Russians?'
Your pooler messed up two things:
1) In pool #2 your pooler reported that Speaker Ryan was boasting about wearing a short-sleeved shirt under his suit to prove he was impervious to the cold. When I asked Ryan, he said he was, in fact, razzing VPOTUS -- who 'always wears short-sleeve shirts.' Apologies.
2) I described Blain's Farm & Fleet as a 'small-box store.' Several midwesterners have emailed to say it's a big-box store run by small businesspeople. Apologies, again...