Sweaty Journalists Await Obama In Amman
By Dan Balz
AMMAN -- After being shut out of the Afghanistan and Iraq portions of his trip, Barack Obama's traveling press corps has assembled at a famous archaeological site in the Jordanian capital to await the candidate's first news conference since leaving the United States.
The Illinois senator and presumptive Democratic nominee has been traveling since last Thursday, with an itinerary shrouded in secrecy for security reasons. It is only now that his schedule will be publicized and he will link up with reporters assigned to cover the tour.
Obama arrived in Amman from Iraq about 2:15 p.m. local time, after spending the morning in Iraq meeting with Sunni tribal leaders and American troops (to read more on that and follow the rest of the day's developments, see our main Obama news story). He walked onto the tarmac carrying a black helmet and what appeared to be body armor, according to the pool report from the scene, then went to the Four Seasons hotel to freshen up.
Until the news conference starts, the press corps has taken refuge in an open-air tent to escape the afternoon sun and temperatures around 90 degrees. With power and wireless internet available, it's like any other filing center--save for the heat, the ruins of the Temple of Hercules, the stunning vistas of the city and the heavy security that greeted us when we arrived.
Obama's advance team rejected the idea of doing his press conference in an air conditioned hotel, preferring the visual backdrop of Amman to the sterility of a hotel ballroom.
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