Saturday, April 10, 2010

Obama and the Press Pool

I understand he doesn't believe he needs to do anything traditional, but he put his children into this freakshow and while they deserve privacy in private, if they are in public, anyone could and would photograph them and record their goings and doings.  Why the press was not invited is odd given that for more than 40 years this has been the case ...

On another note, he also went golfing - at a time when we are at war, men have died in Afghanistan and Iraq, Poland lost a sizeable percent of their government, and Iran is still in crisis stage (do I care that he is golfing again - not at all, but liberals apparently do, because every time Bush went golfing they attacked him) - I figured I would make them feel comfortable by pointing out Obama's tendency to do the same, more often.

Obama leaves WH without press, breaking protocol

Associated Press
April 10, 2010

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama quietly breached years of protocol on Saturday morning by leaving the White House without the press with him.

About two hours before reporters were supposed to be in position to leave with the president, Obama left the grounds of the White House. Members of the press were told he was attending one of his daughter's soccer games in northwest Washington, D.C.

The White House press corps traditionally travels with the president anywhere he goes, inside and outside the country, to report on the president's activities for the benefit of informing the public and for historical record.

After Obama left, a press aide hastily gathered members of the media who happened to be at the White House early or working on other matters. They rushed to a van and left the White House to catch up with the president.

Too late. By the time, the press van appeared to arrive at the president's location, the press was told he was already departing. Time to go back to the White House.

Reporters and photographers didn't have a chance to see him or his vehicle to verify his presence at any location.

Although nobody outside the White House or the press may have noticed, Obama broke years of tradition.

The small press "pool" that accompanies the president had been told to gather at the White House at 11:30 a.m. He left about 9:20 a.m.

Asked what happened, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said: "The president decided this morning to attend his daughter's soccer game. The pool was assembled as soon as possible to be there as well."

Obama eventually left the White House again on Saturday for a round of golf. This time, the press was with him.


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