Obama plays golf, press gets left behind

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.

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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.

This isn't the first time Obama's motorcade has left reporters behind.

In January, Obama made an unexpected trip to watch his daughter's basketball game, leaving the White House before the press pool had arrived.

In April of 2010, the president went to one of his daughter's soccer games without the reporters assigned to follow him.

A rotating roster of reporters from the White House press corps, of which The Hill is a member, traditionally follows the president at all times.