OFF THE RECORD (see below) means essentially “hanging out” with the President with no ability to report to the American people what he said.
It will be interesting to see if the Press Pool is more interested in transparency and getting news for the American people or having some ‘face time’ (hanging out?) with the President.
If they (press pool) were more interested in transparency, they would not have agreed to an OFF THE RECORD conversation with the President.
Why would they agree to an OFF THE RECORD conversation after complaining all weekend that they had no access to the President so that they could do their job of reporting to the American people? OFF THE RECORD means NO ACCESS for the American people and their job is to report Presidential news to the American people.
What do YOU think? Will the Press Pool now that the President has hung out with them in the back of AF1 OFF THE RECORD cave in? or will they continue to push the White House for real access (ON THE RECORD) so that they can report?
Below is the press pool report:
Subject: Travel pool 4
AF1 wheels down Andrews at 7:45pm. POTUS came back to have a 10-minute off the record talk with pool at the end of the flight.
Reggie Love departed AF1 soon after POTUS, apparently a guest for the weekend.
Marine One wheels up 7:55 pm
Handing off not to in-town pool
White House Bureau Chief
The Washington Post