Most transparent administration ever closes Apollo 11 anniversary event to press

posted at 9:21 pm on July 22, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

President Obama met with the surviving members of the moon landing mission Tuesday morning at the White House, but no press was allowed. The White House release on the event lists Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin as attendees, but I think we can all assume Stanley Kubrick was there, too. Otherwise, why would it be closed, mannnnn?

Just when we’d gotten the number of moon landing conspiracy theorists in this country down to single digits, the president has to go and do this.

President Obama met with surviving members of the Apollo 11 crew at the White House Tuesday morning to commemorate the 45th anniversary of their visit to the Moon.

Obama met in the Oval office with Apollo 11 astronauts Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin. The commander of the mission, Neil Armstrong, died in 2012.

And that’s about all that’s known about the meeting. There were no reporters or television crews allowed in the private meeting, so the only record of the event comes from the few still photographers allowed in briefly.

Major Garrett of CBS News lodged a formal complaint on behalf of the White House Correspondents’ Association, which yes, sounds rather meek and procedural in the face of the Obama administration’s treatment of the press. But it’s nice to see some fight, and such a complaint draws attention to the White House’s opaque standard operating procedure, even on the fluffiest of stories. If they’re willing to close a simple chat with Buzz Aldrin to press, what are the chances they’re being straightforward about, say, their knowledge of the IRS or VA scandals? Anyway, what does the Washington press corps love more than a story about the Washington press corps, after all? Sometimes, you take the stories how you can get them.


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Bird watcher:
Your overt partisanship and ignorance is sad.

One of the first American astronauts killed was African American.

Tenwheeler on July 23, 2014 at 10:57 AM

The reason Obama does not want to publicly acknowledge the moon landing is because every one involved was a white male, including all of Ground Control in Houston. It gives the lie to diversity.

Precisely why we must go back. We must have a gay transgendered differently-abled woman of color on the moon by the end of the decade. We do these things and the others not because they are easy, but because…when is tee time?

TarasBulbous on July 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Woohoo!!! Conspiracy theorist who still think the landing never happened – PARTY TIME!!!

miConsevative on July 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Just when we’d gotten the number of moon landing conspiracy theorists in this country down to single digits, the president has to go and do this.

Maybe this president is one of those crazy conspiracy people.

Hat tip to coolrepublica for reminding us how crazy liberals are!

And the moon landing was fake anyway. And aliens are going to hell so we don’t care about space. The end.

coolrepublica on July 22, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Uhhh… yeah… (takes a slow step back from the crazy!)

dominigan on July 23, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Obama’s priorities: allows the press to freely film him with Bergdahl’s parents at the WH’s Rose Garden. Apollo 11′s astronauts? A bunch of unworthies. What a disgusting loser we have as president.

non-nonpartisan on July 23, 2014 at 7:27 AM

Bears a repost… THANKS!

dominigan on July 23, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Major Garrett of CBS News lodged a formal complaint on behalf of the White House Correspondents’ Association…

How dare they criticize Obama!

Obviously Major Garrett is a total racist, and the White House Correspondents’ Association is a racist organization, comparable to the National Socialists of 1930s Germany, or the Ku Klux Klan.

s1im on July 23, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Typical 0bama scumbag who hates any sign or recognition of America’s greatness or progress, an anti-Kennedy for sure who’d never have had the testicular fortitude to send NASA to the moon because he couldn’t have gotten permission from mommy/(daddy?) Michelle.

russedav on July 23, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Our imPOTUS has more important things to do for NASA. Like that Muslim Outreach program of his.

Remember, the US is already too big and powerful. Celebrating our unique ability to get to the Moon would only spotlight our greatness, and of course that’s something that must be suppressed rather than celebrated.

ReggieA on July 23, 2014 at 3:20 PM

I wonder if Aldrin & Collins had to sign some sort of paper, or was this gathering ‘classified’?
In any case, Aldrin has said strident things about King Putt and HIS abandonment of NASA. Directing NASA to strengthen ties to Muslim’s, yea, that’s a good idea.
Too bad the $800 Billion for Gimmedat (The Stimulus) Pocketbooks was taken out of manned mission budgets. And Obowmao directed that budget.
Aldrin was likely to give President Pronoun a verbal thrashing. Even at his advanced age Buzz could still wipe the floor with the Panahou High School Bench Scrub.

Missilengr on July 23, 2014 at 4:55 PM

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