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White House press corps 'frustrated' by lack of Obama access

By Doug Powers  •  February 18, 2013 11:49 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Over the weekend, President Obama went Garbo on the White House press corps(e), and the press corps(e) is not thrilled about the unprecedented transparency:

The White House press corps on Sunday expressed frustration with the lack of access given to President Obama this weekend, during his trip to Florida.

White House Correspondents Association President Ed Henry released a statement Sunday evening, saying that the press corps had not been given adequate access to the president and that the group would press for “transparency” in the future, according to a pool report.

“Speaking on behalf of the White House Correspondents Association, I can say a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration to me about having absolutely no access to the President of the United States this entire weekend,” said Henry. “There is a very simple but important principle we will continue to fight for today and in the days ahead: transparency.”
The White House responded to the complaint from the press corps, insisting that the level of access was “consistent” with prior outings.

Here’s NBC’s White House correspondent Kristen Welker saying the press corps(e) feels “particularly left out” — and after all she’s done:

It looks like some reporters have at least another day of feeling ignored:


Somewhere in a Florida hotel room, as the sound of Con Onor Muore from Madama Butterfly escapes under a closed door and echoes down the hallway, a despondent Chuck Todd is sitting on the floor repeatedly turning a lamp on and off.

**Written by Doug Powers

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