President Obama this afternoon will observe a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, with a twist: the press and the American people will be barred from seeing it.
From the White House:
Later in the afternoon, the President will observe a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The moment of silence is closed press.
2:50PM THE PRESIDENT observes a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings
The White House
Obama bills himself as presiding over the “openness White House,” but with respect to the Boston bombings, the place has been strangely opaque.
There have been only two televised White House briefings since the bombings a week ago. Both have been by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
No members of the president’s national security team have come to the briefing room podium to discuss the bombings, take questions on urgent matters such as why the terrorists were able to circumvent federal counterterrorism efforts, and to update Americans on the investigation and address whether there are further dangers to the public.