No faking it
President Obama in the Blue Room as he re-enacted the remarks on a budget deal. 4/8/2011
June 22nd, 2011
12:35 PM ET

No faking it

Tonight will mark the end of an era.  Well sort of.  

This evening when President Obama addresses the nation and announces his troop withdrawal plan for Afghanistan, a commercial news photographer will be quietly snapping photos in the room.   Up until tonight the “stills” have routinely snapped photos of the president after he delivered his address as he re-enacted it for them.   The re-enactment was done to keep the noise from the camera clicks from interfering with the TV audio and the movement of the photographers from distracting the president as he gives his address.

Tonight, for the first time, the Associated Press will be the pool photographer in the room with President Obama.   The photographer, Pablo Martinez Monsivais, will have his camera on a tripod next to the television camera that will be set-up to broadcast the speech live.  According to Doug Mills, New York Times photographer and the stills representative to the White House Correspondents Association, the camera Martinez Monsivais will use will be in a “silencing blimp”.   Mills described the blimp as “an oversized mitten”.  He said it is like the “camera will be inside a pillow with the lens sticking out.”

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  1. Carl Migliazzo

    Obama clearly does not have the leadership qualities to be president.
    We need a leader, not another lawyer but someone with a spine and leadership qualities. Leaders make a plan and execute that plan, Obama's does not even have a plan or a clue to what is best for this country.

    June 22, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  2. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Yes he does. He comes and lays them out to us and to the lunatics that don't work 'with' him in WASHIGTON! Problem is many of the plans aren't right-winger GOP/TEAPARTY conservative plans! And even if they were approved and liked by the right-wingers at first, as soon as they find out OBAMA likes it, or is about to sign on board with it, they immediately about face! Oh they don't like that one anymore! So how maliciously childish and immature is that? But everything is OBAMAS fault?!? Yeah rrrright! EVIL!

    June 23, 2011 at 8:54 am |
    • tom

      please take your cool aid and get off the beach you dimwit

      June 24, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  3. tom

    are all carters mentally retarded?

    June 24, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    How many CARTERS do you know, Tom? To equate a name to mental retardation is retarded! Or are you just stupid? Maybe if you just change your flavor of KOOL-AID, K-O-O-L – AID, not 'cool aid', you'll see more clearly! Oh, I'm not MENTALLY retarded yet! But if you want me to go there, I will!

    June 26, 2011 at 7:08 pm |