White House photographers happy with access to Obama

January 23rd, 2009 - 4:29 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Jan.23 (ANI): Photographers covering the White House beat have claimed that a visible change has come there under the Obama regime, at least in terms of access.
They say the staff monitoring their movements has ensured that access is more open and transparent, something that was missing during the Bush years.
According to the Washington Times, President Obama was huddling with former military generals and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., and the pool was let into the room for a few minutes to capture him signing some executive orders on Guantanamo Bay. The scribes from the pool were frantically calling editors with dictation when they came out, but everyone with a camera was smiling broadly. “Endless!” Mary Calvert, a staff photographer for The Washington Times, exclaimed when she emerged. “Usually we get seven seconds,” another photographer chimed in. “He did three minutes and, like, a speech!” another one marveled. “That sounded like it was chaos,” a journalist who wasn”t part of the pool told the photographers. “Actually, it was great!” a shooter responded. “What a change!” (ANI)

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