White House spokesman Josh Earnest shot down another rumor on Tuesday.
No, President Obama did not leave the White House without a press pool to celebrate his 53rd birthday on Monday night, Earnest said; the president stayed at home.
The press secretary said he did not have details about the president’s birthday activities, but “he celebrated the occasion here at the White House.”
Presidents aren’t supposed to leave the White House without a pool of journalists in tow, though there’s no law to stop them. Still, it’s hard to imagine them leaving without a Secret Service detail, and harder to imagine that wouldn’t somehow get out.
It’s easier to see how stories about Monday night surfaced. There have been motorcades all over Washington, D.C., because of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit; aides say Obama wasn’t in any of them.