Obama Makes a Coffee Shop Run, Avoiding Most Press

"The bear's loose," the president said before making his escape.

Posted: 06/09/2014 04:12 PM EDT
Obama Makes a Coffee Shop Run, Avoiding Most Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama slipped out of the White House for a run to a nearby Starbucks, ahead of the knot of White House reporters who normally accompany him when he leaves the White House grounds.

The short jaunt without reporters disregarded a longstanding tradition of the White House ensuring that reporters keep the president in sight.

Obama and chief of staff Denis McDonough left the White House at mid-afternoon. Upon learning that Obamawas on the move, White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri attempted to mobilize reporters to a nearby Dunkin Donuts, apparently the shop Obama and McDonough initially planned to visit.

Instead, the two headed for Starbucks, avoiding most reporters.

Palmieri said that before leaving Obama patted her on the back and said, "The bear's loose," referring to himself.

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