Well, well, well. It seems that the White House has decided that there is no need to have any Open Press events. This is certainly a change from previous Presidential administrations (where there was at least pool coverage) but if you want to control the message, both visually and on paper, then you use White House photos, and Press advisories. Here’s what the staff of “We’re just Sayin …” thinks:
It would be fun to see how a photographer would cover a Closed Press event IF they were allowed in. That’s a pretty big IF. This will be an ongoing and pithy commentary, entertaining for all, especially for those who no longer have to race to the White House to actually cover an event. And so we begin with the President’s schedule for July 11th where every event was Closed Press. (Incidently, the term “Closed Press” was coined by the Nixon White House.)
DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2013
In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
Later in the morning, the President and the Vice President will meet with Senator McCain and Senator Schumer to discuss commonsense immigration reform. This meeting in the Oval Office is closed press.
LBJ meets with Everett Dirksen and Mike Mansfield
In the afternoon, the President will meet with the 1963 Loyola University of Chicago Ramblers championship basketball team in the Oval Office to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Ramblers championship title and acknowledge the key role the Ramblers played in breaking down racial barriers. This meeting in the Oval Office is closed press.
President Reagan and soccer star Pele with young athletes
Later in the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi on the margins of the U.S. – China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. This meeting in the Oval Office is closed press.
Presidents Nixon and Carter meet with Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiao Ping
In the evening, the President will take part in a DNC event at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC. This event is closed press.
President George HW Bush reads to his grandkids, a "kind" of an RNC event
Going forward, we’ll try highlight some of the other fascinating and illustrative White House “Closed Press” events, since it rather looks like there be more of them in the future. We’re Just Sayin’… Staff