Obama makes covert Starbucks run, avoiding most press

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U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) returns to the White House after he went outside for a coffee with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough (L) June 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama stepped outside from the White House with McDonough to close by Starbucks for the drinks. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd L) returns to the White House after he went outside for a coffee with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough (2nd L) June 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama stepped outside from the White House with McDonough to close by Starbucks for the drinks. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) returns to the White House after he went outside for a coffee with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough (L) June 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama stepped outside from the White House with McDonough to close by Starbucks for the drinks. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd L) returns to the White House after he went outside for a coffee with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough (2nd L) June 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama stepped outside from the White House with McDonough to close by Starbucks for the drinks. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama slipped out of the White House for a run to a nearby Starbucks, ahead of the knot of White House reporters who normally accompany him when he leaves the White House grounds.

The short jaunt without reporters disregarded a longstanding tradition of the White House ensuring that reporters keep the president in sight.

Obama and chief of staff Denis McDonough left the White House at mid-afternoon. Upon learning that Obama was on the move, White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri attempted to mobilize reporters to a nearby Dunkin Donuts, apparently the shop Obama and McDonough initially planned to visit.

Instead, the two headed for Starbucks, avoiding most reporters.

Palmieri said that before leaving Obama patted her on the back and said, quote, "The bear's loose," referring to himself.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: U.S. President Barack Obama greets players as he visits a little league baseball game at Friendship Park May 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: U.S. President Barack Obama greets players as he visits a little league baseball game at Friendship Park May 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: U.S. President Barack Obama poses for a photo as he visits a little league baseball game at Friendship Park May 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: U.S. President Barack Obama throws out the first pitch at a little league baseball game at Friendship Park May 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: U.S. President Barack Obama greets players as he visits a little league baseball game at Friendship Park May 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: U.S. President Barack Obama stands with catcher Danny Ringel, 10, after throwing out the first pitch at a little league baseball game at Friendship Park May 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: U.S. President Barack Obama poses for a photo as he visits a little league baseball game at Friendship Park May 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: U.S. President Barack Obama throws a baseball as he visits a little league baseball game at Friendship Park May 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: U.S. President Barack Obama throws out the first pitch at a little league baseball game at Friendship Park May 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: U.S. President Barack Obama greets players as he visits a little league baseball game at Friendship Park May 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: U.S. President Barack Obama greets players as he visits a little league baseball game at Friendship Park May 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: U.S. President Barack Obama signs a baseball as he visits a little league baseball game at Friendship Park May 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: U.S. President Barack Obama greets players as he visits a little league baseball game at Friendship Park May 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama chats with Little League baseball players as they warm up prior to games at Friendship Park in Washington on May 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama chats with Little League baseball players as they warm up prior to games at Friendship Park in Washington on May 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama poses for a photo with Little League baseball players as they warm up prior to games at Friendship Park in Washington on May 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama tosses a ball to Little League baseball players as they warm up prior to games at Friendship Park in Washington on May 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama greets Little League baseball players as they warm up prior to games at Friendship Park in Washington on May 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama greets Little League baseball players as they warm up prior to games at Friendship Park in Washington on May 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama greets Little League baseball players as they warm up prior to games at Friendship Park in Washington on May 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama greets Little League baseball players as they warm up prior to games at Friendship Park in Washington on May 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama poses for a photo with Little League baseball players as they warm up prior to games at Friendship Park in Washington on May 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama tosses a ball to Little League baseball players as they warm up prior to games at Friendship Park in Washington on May 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama poses for a picture with Little League baseball players and their coach as they warm up prior to games at Friendship Park in Washington on May 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama greets Little League baseball players and their coach as they warm up prior to games at Friendship Park in Washington on May 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama greets Little League baseball players as they warm up prior to games at Friendship Park in Washington on May 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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