President Obama Ditches the White House Press Corps

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Obama, back when he allowed the press to follow him to soccer games.
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President Obama pulled a fast one on the White House press corps this morning, leaving them behind while he went to one of his daughter's soccer games in northwest D.C. This might not sound like a big deal, but according to the AP, Obama "quietly breached years of protocol." Oh no.

Apparently, right after Obama left the White House, a press aide gathered members of the media and shuttled them off to the game. But by the time they got there, Obama was already heading back to the White House. So, according to the AP, "Reporters and photographers didn't have a chance to see him or his vehicle to verify his presence at any location."

That sentence makes it sound like Obama was in a secret meeting with William Ayers and Jeremiah Wright. But don't worry — he wasn't. A CBS reporter saw him at the game. Unless, of course, what the reporter saw was actually a double.

Obama leaves WH without press, breaking protocol [AP]