The media was snubbed because it was a mega golf outing the president didn’t want publicized.
While in Florida the media was left out of Obama’s time with Tiger Woods. The presidents’ handlers evidently wanted to downplay the Tiger Woods part of the golf outing. With Tiger Woods sordid past with prostitutes and porn stars who could blame them.
Obama (on right) wanted to downplay his time with Tiger Woods.
News correspondent Ed Henry said the president delivered a weekend bogey at the Florida National Golf Club:
“Speaking on behalf of the White House Correspondents Association, I can say a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration at having no access to the president of the United States this entire weekend.
Mr. Obama did, however, try to mend a tense relationship with his traveling press corps by 'hanging out' with them for 10 minutes on the flight back.
Ten minutes must have placated them because the American media obliged by downplaying the trip. The British media was not as obliging.
The link below shows full coverage by the British press including a calculation of the cost involved:
Barack Obama’s Florida golf outing cost $989,207.00
$943,687.50: estimated cost of a trip for Air Force One from Chicago to West Palm Beach and then back to Washington, D.C.
$13,500: Cost to rent out three four-bedroom guest cottages at The Floridian for three nights
$24,000: Cost of an eight-hour private golf lesson with famed instructor Butch Harmon
$1,800: Greens fees for three guests for two rounds of golf
$1,600: Cost of four caddies for two rounds of golf
$4,620: Cost of 20 rooms at the Port St. Lucie Holiday Inn for traveling press and security detail based on the government per-diem rate
The British press coverage of Obama's mega-expensive Florida golf outing can be found here.