Obama Lectures Reporter For Recording Tea Shop Visit With His Phone

President Barack Obama takes a walk along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, with 2015 National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples of Amarillo, Texas, following an event to honor the 2015 National Teacher of the Year and finalists in the Rose Garden.
AP/Susan Walsh

An annoyed President Obama told a White House reporter to stop filming him with his camera phone, as he made a surprise visit to a tea shop near the White House.

After honoring “Teacher of the Year” Shanna Peeples of Amarillo, Texas, the president decided to walk with her to Teaism, a local tea shop near the White House.

The White House press pool, which traditionally follows the president, was not allowed to accompany him inside. But a group of White House reporters happened to be there at the same time – TIME’s Zeke Miller, L.A. Times’ Christie Parsons, and the Wall Street Journal’s Carol Lee.

As Obama entered the tea shop, Miller used his phone to stream video of the president’s visit live on his Periscope app, allowing others to see what the president was doing.

After ordering his tea, and purchasing some for Peeples, Obama wandered over to the table of reporters to say hello.

“This is the infamous White House Press Corps,” he said, introducing them to Peeples.

“I’m very proud of her, I couldn’t give her a raise, so I bought her tea,” he joked, as the reporters politely laughed.

After spotting Miller’s phone, Obama asked him to put it down.

“You don’t need to be filming this, put it down, you’re not reporting,” he said. “C’mon.”

Miller ended the broadcast of his video, but not before hundreds of viewers had tuned in to watch the president.


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