President Obama's vacation press corps has standards, and they don't seem to include McDonald's fast-food restaurants.
Tasked to follow the president to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay for his morning workout, the small media pool that represents the larger press corps in motorcades has been making a point in its reports that they are snubbing McDonald's in favor of Starbucks in their choice of where to wait Obama out.
In one case, the pool even said that it was getting refreshments at Starbucks then going to McDonald’s to wait.
Dec. 28 pool report: “President Obama's motorcade departed his Kailua neighborhood at 8:07 a.m. and made the short drive to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay. He arrived at the gym at 8:11 a.m. The pool has opted to hold at Starbucks in lieu of McDonald's while the president works out.”
Dec. 29 pool report: “Aloha! If it's morning in Hawaii, it's time to hit the gym. President Obama left his vacation home in Kailua at approximately 7:48 a.m. local on this overcast and (relatively) cool Sunday morning. The presidential motorcade whisked Obama through his tranquil Kailua neighborhood, past a few joggers, dog-walkers and phone camera-wielding onlookers, and onto the Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay. At 7:53 a.m., the motorcade continued on to the gym and the pool peeled off to Starbucks at the always lovely Mokapu Mall. (Pool voted for Starbucks over McDonald's.)”
Dec. 30 pool report: “The sun was not even close to up, but at approximately 6:50 a.m. local, President Obama arrived at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii for his usual morning workout. The pool is making a quick Starbucks run, and then holding at McDonald's.”
McDonald’s has recently launched a coffee battle with Starbucks, but it’s apparently not capturing the attention of those covering Obama — yet.Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.