The Washington Times - March 25, 2009, 02:34PM

President Obama just paid an unannounced visit to Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath with U.S. military veterans in honor of Medal of Honor day (hat tip: Tommy Vietor).

The president’s side trip, following a meeting with Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, came as a complete surprise to reporters here at the White House. We found out about the president’s appearance at Arlington as we saw his face appear on TV screens.

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Not sure why the White House did not notify us about the trip beforehand, but we’ll have a chance to ask in 15 minutes at the daily briefing with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

— Jon Ward, White House reporter, The Washington Times

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