President Obama played a holiday weekend round of golf on Saturday, but on the return trip the motorcade ditched the press pool that traditionally travels with the president.
Obama’s motorcade left the White House shortly before 1 p.m. ET for Andrews Air Force Base, a course he plays at frequently. The press pool trailed the president to the base in Maryland, as usual, and this weekend’s reporter, National Journal’s George Condon, held at the food court to wait for the presidential foursome’s round to end.
In a breach of long-held tradition, however, Obama’s motorcade left Andrews without the reporters in tow. The president returned to the White House shortly before 6 p.m., according to the administration, and the press vans got there about 15 minutes later.