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Obama Breaks Protocol, Ditches Press & Leaves White House

President Obama “quietly breached years of protocol” Saturday by leaving the White House with no press pool, according to the Associated Press.

Before members of the press were scheduled to assemble for the day’s pool, Obama left the White House to, according to aides, attend one of his daughter’s soccer games.

From AP:

After Obama left, a press aide hastily gathered members of the press who happened to be at the White House early. 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 and protocol by leaving the White House without the press on his short trip.

Here is the pool report from Saturday morning’s events:

The president left the White House at approximately 9:20 to attend one of his daughter’s soccer games at 40th and Chesapeake NW. A pool was hastily called at around 9:35 and drove north at 9:43 to catch the president before the game ended. We didn’t make it. The President returned to the White House at 10:17. The pool returned at 10:30.

(Source: Politico)

18 Responses

  1. So what? Who cares? Does the ‘press pool’ really need to follow him to his daughter’s soccer game?! This article makes it seem as if he committed a capital crime!

  2. What else is new. He thinks he’s above all former presidents and in fact he must be because he gets away with everything. Our “leader” is an embarrassment.

  3. What, the American public is denied a press pool for the president to attend his daughter’s soccer game?

    Give me a break.

  4. dear mr. president: it’s not wise to let your arrogance show now. true you have had your victories, but now is a time to show you are humble, lest the American people start to despise you- even the ones that voted you in.

  5. Don’t you understand? The point is not that they missed the soccer game. The point is that the whole thing was unverified. We don’t know if he even went to the soccer game. Or maybe he did for 10 minutes and spent the rest of the time conferring with the blind cleric or some other such subversive sonei America v”Yisroel. We’ll never know now. Because he snuck away.

  6. So the press was outdone. This is a personal issue for them. It’s not a news worthy story for anyone not in the press, or in that van for that matter. The fact that they think this story is important to all of us shows how not in touch with the world outside them, and worse, it shows how important they think they are.

  7. What you guys seem not to be getting is this man has pattern of disregard for the presidential office. Just look when he took office, he sat with feet up on the table w/o his suit jacket in the oval office. Then, sending Iran peace messages on Youtube in room that was not the oval office.

    As you keep going down the list, you will see his disregard.

  8. You guys are missing the point. Its the attitude and arrogance of this president how he breaks protocol and does what he wants. He’s a young shnuk and he has ZERO respect for the office or the country.
    I’m sure you all remember the pictures of him lounging around the Oval office with his jacket off his sleeves rolled and his feet up! Bush NEVER took his jacket off in the Oval office in 8 years. He had respect!

  9. #10,15,16 – Come on. You trivialize some very serious concerns about Obama (unprecedented pressure on Israel, much higher taxes, etc.) by lumping them with the frantic accusation that Obama took off his jacket while in his office. There are plenty of legitimate issues that we have with President Obama, so lets stick to what’s important.

  10. 17#====== mw13 He isn’t just anybody, he’s the leader of the US. And yes
    everything and anything he does counts. if he breaks protocol, he should be called out on it.

    Considering his past background and all these patterns since he started, we should all be concerned.

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