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?
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.