Obama ditches press at G8 summit

President Obama spent some time away from the traveling press corps last night, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Obama is always accompanied by a "pool" reporter when he travels, who notes the president's movements and reports back to the rest of the White House reporters. But last night, with the President in Muskoka, Ontario for the G-8 summit, the White House sent the pooler away.

From WSJ:

Last night, the White House sent the press corps — which by agreement stays close to the president in order to report on any incident — back to Toronto, leaving the president 150 miles behind. In the wee hours of this morning, the crew of a dozen or so reporters and photographers in the press corps got back on a bus and returned to Muskoka for the day’s events.

Obama caused a bit of a stir when he previously left the pool behind to attend his daughter's soccer game in DC.

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