President Barack Obama left the White House Saturday morning without the White House press corps, the first president to break the tradition of a constant press pool since it was established.
Obama left the White House to attend one of his daughter's soccer games without informing the press, the Associated Press reported. A White House press aide then tried to gather members of the media and brought them to the game, but the president had left by the time they arrived.
The press pool was told to arrive at the White House at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, but the president left at 9:20 a.m., according to the Associated Press.
At a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Obama said that his secretary did not tell the Secret Service about the game either, Politico reported.
White House reports and photographers did not have the opportunity to verify his presence at the soccer game, the Associated Press reported.