Loose Bear Also Blocked the Media From Fundraisers - Left Them on 'the Gravel Path'
The love/hate relationship between President Boyfriend and the adoring lapdogs who helped get him elected twice is a sight to behold. Most of them have protected Obama with friendly media coverage for over six years now, yet he ditches and disses them every chance he gets.
The Politico has a long piece on the trials and tribulations of the long-suffering White House press corps.
President Barack Obama went to the West Coast to meet donors from two top Democratic super PACs, but the press wasn’t invited.
Tuesday, the reporters and photographers traveling with the president on Air Force One and in his motorcade were left on the gravel path not even within sight of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal’s house in the Seattle suburbs where Obama sat for a Senate Majority PAC fundraiser with a $25,000 entrance fee.
The next morning Obama met with big donors for the House Majority PAC at the Four Seasons hotel in San Francisco and reporters weren't told what floor he was on.
“We think these fundraisers ought to be open to at least some scrutiny, because the president’s participation in them is fundamentally public in nature,” groused Christi Parsons, the new president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. “Denying access to him in that setting undermines the public’s ability to independently monitor and see what its government is doing. It’s of special concern as these events and the donors they attract become more influential in the political process.”
Politico points out that "Obama has attended three super PAC events in the past week: one in New York last Thursday and the two on the West Coast."
The WHCA hasn't filed a formal complaint regarding access to the president at fundraisers, but Parsons says that they have asked the White House to reconsider its position.
The WHCA did lodge a formal complaint with press secretary Josh Earnest, earlier this week, for limiting coverage of Obama’s meeting with Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.