Briefing Bites: Why no cameras at Obama HQ?
January 12th, 2012
03:14 PM ET

Briefing Bites: Why no cameras at Obama HQ?

Why weren’t press cameras allowed to capture President Obama’s first visit to his campaign headquarters Wednesday?

The mystery continues.

The previously unscheduled stop was announced to members of the press corps on Air Force One as the president traveled to Chicago for a series of fundraisers. During the announcement, Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the press would not be allowed to cover the event, but did not give a specific reason why.

On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney suggested the reason reporters were kept at bay was because the stop was “on the fly and brief.”

But the White House press staff often ushers in the traveling press to similarly brief and so-called “off the record” stops when they want cameras to capture the president shaking hands and rubbing elbows at small businesses and restaurants.

“We're not hiding the fact that he is engaged in some campaign activities,” Carney said. “I try and tell you - give you the facts, which is the fact is the president's reelection campaign isn't across the river in Roslyn, isn't in Washington, it's in Chicago, halfway across the country.”

Carney added the quick visit to the headquarters “underscores the point I've been trying to make from here in answer to questions about the president's reelection campaign, which is that he is here in Washington focused on doing his job as president.”

Topics: Jay Carney

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  1. jerry

    five campaign fund raiser in three days...but the white house said obama has not given much thought to his reelection campaign... he raised 68 million the fourth quarter of 2011...hummmm

    If there are no cameras at HQ...there is a reason and they don't want us to know what it is...this guy is all about media.

    January 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Give a Man a Fish,,,, and he eats for a day!

      Teach a Man to Fish,,,, and,,,,

      You go to jail,
      No Government License, No Fishing, You go to Jail,,,
      Catch a Fish that needs a 2nd Governmental License, No Fishing, You go to Jail,
      Catch a Fish on the EPA's endangered species list, No Fishing, Go to Jail for a LONG TIME. (Environmental Protection Agency)
      No Government License to run a Business to Teach, No Teaching, You go to Jail,
      No Union Membership to Teach, No Teaching, You Go to Jail (Department of Education NLRB and Unions)

      And on and on and on!

      Do we have the Federal Department of Teaching Poor Folks How to Fish and if so, how much does it cost the Tax Payers?

      If the DemocRATS do not have a
      Federal Department of Teaching Poor Folks How to Fish

      THE CURRENT DEMOCrats, in both houses, NEED TO RETIRE (like the 7-8 DemocRAT SENATORS)!

      January 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
    • Trace

      wow Jerry I knew you where capable of lowering the bar and speaking utter non-sense and complain about "...PRESIDENT OBAMA'S many PHOTO OPS...blah blah blah....And this time, you had just this one chance to simply say; ....Well good, we are tired of hearing about Obama's photo ops....

      and what did you do? hey, you should run for the GOP nomination, because your cartoon like, pathetic insults are just as good as the current bunch og GOP/Tea clowns

      Will wonders ever cease?

      January 13, 2012 at 2:05 am |
  2. BLKMANnAmerica

    OMG how about the press dosen't deserve to be there considering all their under-cover racist statement they continue to spew outta of mouths. Who in the right would invite more drama when they don't have to? Get over yourself already American media.

    January 12, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      For you DemocRATS,

      Here is how to get the Latino, Cubano, Mexicano, and Central and South American Votes!

      These guys are all Dressed in White!

      Mrs Obama would be proud to show off her New White and Sporting Outfits at the local Pet Store!!


      I am thinking all the folks all over the world would like to see Ms. Obama wearing White!

      January 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • LiberalsLieAlways

      Disagree with a democrat you must be a racist.........standard Allynski Communist hatemonger rhetoric......Obama the worst of the worst.............and it has nothing do do with his has to do with his partisan vomitus and his endearing partisan hate-mongering..............straight out of chicago...even their pizza sucks.

      January 12, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
  3. MTATL67

    No big whoop. It is not like former Governor Perry or Rep. Bachmann who spent more time on the campaign trail than in Washington conducting the country’s business and it was done all on our dime. Every single elected official (unless retiring) from either side of the isle does this and is not an issue, well only for those that make mountains out of mole hills. Seems more like the press is upset about this than the public.

    January 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  4. LiberalsLieAlways

    Barrack HUSSEIN Obama has been a trend setter: First half black president raised by a white marxist woman in Hawaii..........after attending mosque in indonesia with his AntiAmerican father. Spent more than any other president almost more than all combined (although he still has one year to achieve that lofty goal) He has broken more campaign promises, appologized to more foreigners, destabiliized the mideast, divided the nation with his partisan rhetoric......One can only hope the next president will not use the race card or divisive politics straight out of the Alynski communist manifesto handbook like the Pinocchio we have now...

    January 12, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      I am HAPPY to REPORT,,,

      No Obumer Stickers on the Cars yet,,,

      I have seen a lot of

      ABO =Anybody But Obama,
      I will keep my Bible, Guns, and Freedom, and you can keep the CHANGE,
      2012 – END of an ERROR

      I guess nobody is proud of Obumber anymore,,,,

      How sad,,,,

      He speaks well for a Black Man
      (Didn't DemocRAT Vice President Bite Me say something like that? or was it Dirty Harry, the DemocRAT Senator of Nevada?)

      either way,,

      was quite racist for the DemocRAT Party,
      that also included West Virgina's KKK Member and Racist DemocRAT Senator Byrd!

      January 12, 2012 at 10:05 pm |