The White House and the Obama campaign hid from the press an early Thursday morning meeting between President Obama and a group of rising young Hollywood stars at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.
The press pool was not aware of the meeting at the time it was happening and was not apprised of it until Thursday evening.
Obama is under criticism from Republicans for overdoing his contact with flashy entertainment industry types.
An updated pool report was sent to the rest of the White House press corps Friday afternoon:
A campaign official told the travel pool on background via email last night, two hours after we returned to Andrews, that “the President held a meeting with supporters at the Beverly Hilton at 8 am this am.”
That was before the motorcade left the hotel for the fund-raising breakfast at the home of Charles Quarles. At the time of the meeting (with “two dozen of Hollywood’s hottest young stars,” according to a report posted on hollywoodreporter.com Thursday afternoon, with many pictures of the president with stars), the pool was in vans outside the hotel. We were not apprised of this event. This campaign official assured the pool that the press corps will be told of such events in the future.
The Hollywood Reporter found out about the meeting Thursday and reported it.
This is the second time in two weeks the White House has breached protocol and been secretive about Obama’s activities and whereabouts.
On May 26, the president ditched the pool and motorcaded without the press back to the White House from a golf outing at Andrews Air Force Base.