President Obama Surpises Press Aboard Air Force One

Mar 21, 2011 2:00pm

ABC's Jon Garcia and David Kerley report: Though members of the press fly on Air Force One on every trip of the president, they sit in the rear of the plane, sequestered in a separate cabin and rarely see the Commander in Chief.  

But about half an hour into today’s 4-hour flight from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Santiago, Chile, Obama made a surprise drop by in the press cabin. And, in a ‘turn-the-tables’ moment, the surprised press corps found themselves answering Obama’s questions.

"What are you guys doing?” he asked as he appeared solo in the doorway — no aides or handlers with him.  Taken a little off guard, the press told him they were watching the Naomi Watts/Sean Penn movie ‘Fair Game’ (the movie about the Valerie Plame incident).

"Is it any good?" Obama asked. “Ask us in an hour,” was the reply from one of the press corps.
“You guys having fun?”  Obama quizzed, adding that he heard some press folks had stayed out “late late” last night and “ate too much beef” at the local Brazilian churrascaria.

But before the press could turn the tables back on Obama, he ducked right back out of the cabin, saying “see ya” as he moved out of sight.

It was so fast, you might have missed it. The entire encounter was less than one minute.

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