President Obama didn’t want this weekend’s getaway to Florida’s Gulf Coast to be a repeat of past beach trips, where the media spent days commenting on his toned physique. For this trip, the Obama administration wanted media attention focused on the region’s recovery from the disastrous BP oil spill, not on his pec-profile.
Instead, the White House took measures this time out. The White House press team kept photographers at a distance when Obama took a dip during the family’s weekend trip to Florida. The New York Times reports that photographers traveling with the president “were led into a hotel by the White House staff and remained there for about three hours while Mr. Obama swam.”
It’s not the first time the White House has rankled news photographers by distributing an official picture instead of allowing them to take their own shots. Just as news organizations don’t run White House press releases verbatim, some outlets, including the Associated Press, refuse to run official photos along with their editorial content.
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