The White House today will usher still photographers into President Obama’s private dining room so they can get a shot of him and Vice President Biden as they are about to dig in to their weekly lunch.
This never happens. It accomplishes two objectives.
First, it’s retort to the contention of former Defense Secretary Robert Gates and his new book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, in which Gates contends that Vice President Biden “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
Now, the proper answer to this is, Why stop at foreign policy and national security? But Obama may have a different opinion, and he can’t leave his loyal Biden twisting out there, so he’ll show his support with a photo.
BUT – NO PRINT OR TV REPORTERS ALLOWED. That is, no uncomfortable questions. Just a nice photo, thank you very much. Carney will deal with Q & A.
This also allows the White House to claim it’s responding to grumbling from the press corps that official White House photographer Pete Souza is getting all the good shots.
Maybe a photographer will ask a question? It’s not like you need years of journalism school to ask a question. Actually, it’s not like you need years of journalism school for anything.
But don’t count on it. Because Souza doesn’t ask questions.