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    http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshge...l_signing.html
    WH posts video of press-free bill signing


    Stepping up its efforts to bypass the traditional media, the White House released official, government created video of a bill signing President Barack Obama conducted in the Oval Office today--a bill signing the White House press corps was locked out of.

    The video posted on the White House website runs less than two minutes and contains banter between Obama and the bipartisan Congressional group which pressed for the Travel Promotion Act, a bill that sets up a new entity and fee mechanism to encourage foreigners to come to the U.S.

    In principle, it doesn't go beyond what many White Houses have routinely done: releasing official White House photos. But even that practice has led to protests from independent still photographers who have traditionally covered such events.

    Freezing out TV cameras and reporters ensures that Obama won't be asked nettlesome questions--say, about the very delicate state of health care reform on Capitol Hill. (The major networks have a generally-observed policy of not permitting their cameras into an event without a reporter or producer present who can choose to ask a question if he or she sees fit.)

    Sometimes allowing a White House camera to capture an event gives the public a window on moments that the press didn't see, but it also gives the White House great latitude to manipulate the president's images and words as his aides see fit. One other note: White Houses have used military personnel to take official videos of events for decades, but such images were rarely, if ever, released in real time. The Obama White House has a staff videographer who came over from the campaign and produces material for use on the White House website.

    I'm posting the White House-produced bill-signing video below. (Yes, I'm playing into the White House's hands here, but people are free to make up their own minds about the practice.)
    Do you realize that Mr Obama hasn't held a press conference since July of last year?
    He has certainly been in the press, and given many speeches in that time, but not an actual press conference where the press was allowed to ask him questions about his policies and him give them actual answers to their questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat
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    Do you realize that Mr Obama hasn't held a press conference since July of last year?
    He has certainly been in the press, and given many speeches in that time, but not an actual press conference where the press was allowed to ask him questions about his policies and him give them actual answers to their questions.
    His teleprompter techs are on strike, give the guy a break!
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    He's starting to sound like Nixon.
    "I am not a number. I am a free man!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smurf-Herder
    He's starting to sound like Nixon.
    In more ways than one.
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    Hopefully soon the press will begin to turn on him. The network news execs will only tolerate this for so long. It would be pure justice if they quit covering his speeches until he begins giving pressers.

    What am I thinking, that won't happen.

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    Got to love posters knocking the President for cowering away from tough questions.

    Obama handled every question from the GOP in a forum which saw the President outnumbered 100 to 1.

    Just more hyper-partisan nonsense from posters who pimp right wing talking points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Limit
    Got to love posters knocking the President for cowering away from tough questions.

    Obama handled every question from the GOP in a forum which saw the President outnumbered 100 to 1.

    Just more hyper-partisan nonsense from posters who pimp right wing talking points.
    Is that why we are seeing all his legislation passed because he is handling it? WTFU!
    The Shadow Party derives its power from its ability to raise huge sums of money. By controlling the Democrat purse strings, the Shadow Party can make or break any Democrat candidate by deciding whether or not to fund him. During the 2004 election cycle, the Shadow Party raised more than $300 million for Democrat candidates, prompting one of its operatives, MoveOn PAC director Eli Pariser, to declare, 'Now itís our party. We bought it, we own itÖ'

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