President Obama Holds Secret Press Meeting After Complaints Over Golfing With Tiger Woods
President Obama may be looking to smooth things over with the press. After playing a “no media allowed” game of golf with Tiger Woods last weekend, the POTUS found himself at the center of press corps’ anger.
Yesterday, he held a private meeting with select members of the press, likely to discuss not letting them into his golf game.
President Barack Obama held an off-the-record meeting with top White House reporters on Thursday afternoon, POLITICO has learned.
The meeting, with reporters from major print and television outlets, comes days after the White House Correspondents Association complained publicly about their lack of access to the president during a golf outing in Palm Beach, Fla., and one day after Obama met with local television reporters.
White House press secretary Jay Carney declined to comment on the meeting.
“Potus has meetings all the time. I don’t comment on all of them,” he told POLITICO in an email.
Woods went through a public relations nightmare when his multiple extra marital affairs were discovered. Now divorced, the award-winning golfer’s personal life has taken precedent over his swing, leading to him getting dropped from endorsement deals. Asked of his game with the president, the 37-year-old commented, “He can certainly chip and putt.”
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