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.
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.