The openness White House staged a “personal” moment of silence by President Obama on the one-year anniversary of the Boston bombing.
Because why would you invite the press in when you can create this perfect Pete Souza propaganda photo instead?
I mean, is this guy leader of the nation, or does he just want to run around to high schools and talk about the income gap?
The White House was supposed to be opening more events up to the news photographers. And there’s Jay Carney, who as press secretary is supposed to be kind of an advocate for reporters within the White House, right there in bubble, stiffing the press.
Reporters grumbled during Tuesday’s briefing about their treatment.
After the Associated Press brought the issue up at the outset of the briefing, Carol Lee of the Wall Street Journal got into it with an increasingly annoyed Jay Carney
Q And then to follow on Julie’s question about the moment of silence the President is going to be observing, can you just clarify why you guys did not — do not want reporters in there to observe the moment of silence? Because we’ve had access to other moments of silence, particularly on 9/11, since he’s taken office.
MR. CARNEY: Well, the one on 9/11 was outside — has been, traditionally, outside. This is a meeting in —
Q But you guys can schedule these things wherever you want them to be, in whatever room you want them to be.
MR. CARNEY: This is in the course of a meeting that he’s having in the Oval Office.
Q Right, but why was that made — why was the decision made to have it there, as opposed to having it in a space where we could have access — where you didn’t then come to us and say, well, it’s in the middle of a meeting? Because you do that.
MR. CARNEY: Well, you could say that about any — why don’t we have Cabinet meetings outside and you guys can attend in full, or national security meetings in the briefing room.
Q — we could attend in the Map Room — because the pool has access to a lot of different rooms.
MR. CARNEY: But I mean, I guess the point is the President is having a moment of silence; it’s in the Oval Office. It’s his personal commemoration with a handful of advisors of the tragedy that happened in Boston and the resilience that the people of Boston showed in reaction to it.
Q And you guys don’t want us to see that? Or I don’t — I’m trying to understand what’s behind this.
MR. CARNEY: It’s a quiet moment in the Oval Office. As I noted to Julie, in that setting we have in the past offered to have a single photographer from the news media, much in the way that poolers from the print media pool for the rest of the press — a single photographer can come in and pool for the rest of the photographic media. And that offer has been rejected.
Q Well, with all due respect, Jay, that’s a very rare occasion. And these types of news events are — you guys have been able to accommodate — I mean, the pool in general is not a large —
MR. CARNEY: With all due respect, I think the news is in Boston today on this issue.
A personal commemoration? He’s the president. They announced that he was doing this and then released a photograph. If he wanted to have a personal commemoration, he shouldn’t have told us all about it and invited Pete Souza in.
“We certainly think that the moment is important, but it is mostly important in Boston,” Carney said earlier in response to the AP.
What is he talking about? Why minimize the event like that? It was a national tragedy, not a local police action.
On the anniversary of the first successful mass terrorist attack on civilians in the United States since 9/11, Obama should have taken the time to say a few words and then stand with the nation in a moment of silence. Not gather Jay, ValJar, and Denis in a circle and take a picture.