April 11, 2010

RIGHT, BUT CLASSLESS:

Obama leaves WH without press, breaking protocol (AP, 4/10/10)


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. [...]

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.


The security/staff/press bubble in which the modern presidency functions is ridiculous and we ought to de-fund our share of it and presidents ought to rebel against the rest of it. But they ought to do so honestly, not deceitfully.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 11, 2010 7:26 AM
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