Press fear Obama private swearing in

The White House Correspondents Association is strongly urging the Obama administration to allow press access to the president’s official swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, following indications from inauguration committee officials that the event could potentially be closed to the press.

“Mindful of the historic nature of this occasion, we expect the White House will continue the long tradition of opening the President’s official swearing-in to full press access, and we as an organization are looking forward to working with the administration to make that happen,” Ed Henry, the Fox News correspondent and president of the White House Correspondents Association, said in a statement.

Because inauguration day falls on a Sunday in 2013, Chief Justice John Roberts will officially administer the official oath of office in a private ceremony that day. The public inauguration on the Capitol Building’s West Front — at which Roberts will administer a second, symbolic oath of office — will take place the next day.

In early meetings with the inaugural committee, officials privately indicated to reporters that the Jan. 20 event could be closed to reporters and cameras, with an official photograph supplied to press by White House photographer Pete Souza, sources familiar with the meeting told POLITICO.

Fears of such a scenario were reignited this week when the Presidential Inauguration Committee sent out a press release referring to a “private” inauguration.

Read more at POLITICO.

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  1. Jeff says:

    I can’t tell whether this is satire. It honestly could be on The Onion. “Fears” of such a scenario? Seriously? Here’s a tip on fear-mongering: People will take you more seriously if you don’t try to make every move the president makes look like a coup d’etat.
    I’m sure once, long ago, you all had dreams of being serious writers who would make a difference in the world. Now you work at this site…. I pity you.

  2. swampsniper says:

    He doesn’t want anyone to see his fingers crossed when he swears the oath of office.

  3. 1775Concord says:

    Yes, and on Jan 20, 2009, Obama interrupted Roberts as he gave the oath, so it was done in secret the next day.
    Speculations why? Any hard evidence?

  4. 1775Concord says:

    Yes, and on Jan 20, 2009, Obama interrupted Roberts as he gave the oath, so it was done in secret the next day.
    Speculations why? Any hard evidence?
    And since Sunday is a “non-business, and otherwise not legal day, why should the oath be given then?

  5. swampsniper says:

    As near as I can tell Obama isn’t much impressed by the Constitution anyway, the oath is just a quaint old tradition he has to play lip service to. Unfortunately, it’s a common mindset in politics today..

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