Before an Oval Office meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda today the president got to do crowd control.
As Japanese photographers and reporters pushed their way into the room, the president said “Careful, careful, careful, whoa, whoa, whoa.” It seems what is unusual for the Washington press corps — a scrum around their president — is perhaps a little more common practice in other parts of the world.
Reporters and photographers waited for nearly half an hour to go into the Oval Office.
They were ushered out after only 15 seconds, with no formal remarks from either leader. Remarks were expected before meetings to discuss weighty issues such as the U.S.-Japan Security Alliance and the economy. Obama and Noda had a working lunch and a press conference this afternoon.