Look, forget about politics… Just forget about it. When a military family asks for no cameras during the delivery of their loved one’s remains, that’s it. No cameras. No distractions. No “White House Photo of the Day” plastered all over the Internet showing Obama saluting the caskets. Let the survivors grieve in peace. From Fox News:
A White House photographer was allowed to take and widely distribute a photo from the ceremony Tuesday for the return of the remains of 30 American troops killed in a weekend helicopter crash in Afghanistan despite the Pentagon’s claim that any public depiction of the scene would violate the wishes of bereaved families.
News media coverage of the ceremony had been banned by the Pentagon over the objections of several news organizations.
Pentagon officials had said that because 19 of 30 of the American families of the dead had objected to media coverage of the remains coming off a plane at Dover Air Force Base, no images could be taken. In addition, the Pentagon rejected media requests to take photos that showed officials at the ceremony but did not depict caskets.
So the Pentagon gets it… The standard media gets it… But 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. doesn’t.
And no, I’m not going to give you a link to the photo.
Two cats by the racks…
P.S. Why am I surprised by this stunning lack of sensitivity. This is the same administration that scared the hell out of NYC by doing a low flyover back in 2009…
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