SSG Medzyk sends a link to an article from SanLuisObispo.com about how, even though 19 of the 30 families of the fallen from that helicopter crash last week denied their permission for the media to create an event out of the return of the earthly remains to Dover Air Force Base, the White House photographer was still on the scene, snapping photos. The above photo was the White House “Photo of the Day” Tuesday.
Doug Wilson, head of public affairs at the Pentagon, said the department did not know the White House photographer was present and had no idea a photo of the event was being released until it became public. He said the photographers who routinely travel with the defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were not allowed to go to the event, and no official Pentagon photos were taken or released.
So the White House doesn’t follow it’s own rules and doesn’t see a need to comply with the wishes of the family…especially when a great photo opportunity presents itself. When was the last time that the President went to Dover, anyway? I think it was when they first allowed photographers to snap pictures of the returning victims of war, wasn’t it?
I see the President still doesn’t know how to salute properly, either.