WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama seems to have caught a bad case of cabin fever.
Obama sometimes grumbles about the claustrophobia that sets in when his every move is surrounded by intense security. But in recent days, the president has made more of a point to get out.
Last week, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden paid a surprise visit to a Shake Shack hamburger restaurant near the White House. Three days later, he stopped on the way to a fundraiser to throw baseballs with Little League teams at a Washington park. And on Wednesday, he ditched his motorcade and headed by foot to the Interior Department, shocking tourists near the White House.
Former White House officials say these stops are gratifying for everyone, but are a headache for the Secret Service.