Secret Service, look out for that creeper…

Today, I covered the Easter Egg Roll at the White House – after sending my appropriate credentialing info about 2 weeks ago for this, I arrived around 8am. Of course, Obama’s press office somehow managed to not submit my info to Secret Service. So after waiting in the long line, I had to call the press office and re-send them my vitals from my phone. So I did that, and waited… and waited… and waited…

At about 8:50, I tried again to gain access — still Secret Service did not have my info. At this point, media pre-set was at 8:45 so I missed that. Called the Press Office again, and had to send the e-mail with vitals again, and wait some more.

Come 9:30, I finally was able to get in – and considering final call was 9:30, I was worried I’d miss the entire event! Luckily, I got in — but am not a fan of the disorganization seen in the Obama Administration’s Press office.

So after writing all of that, I realize that it sounds like the “creeper” I mentioned in the title of this blog sounds like it is referencing me.   It was not.  I intended the “Creeper” title to refer to the scary looking Easter Bunny that was roaming around this event! Something about an adult in a bunny outfit that seems a little creepy to me — and I don’t like the way he is looking at President Obama!

President BARACK OBAMA participates in the White House Easter Egg Roll on the south lawn. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Kids participate in the White House Easter Egg Roll (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Kids participate in the White House Easter Egg Roll (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

First Lady MICHELLE OBAMA walks with MALIA and SASHA OBAMA past the West Wing and Rose Garden during the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

President BARACK OBAMA walks past a TV camera outside of the West Wing during the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

President BARACK OBAMA shakes hands as he walks past the West Wing and Rose Garden during the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Editorial Month In Review

The only things that were talked about these last 2 months were health-care and the White House party crashers. Unfortunately, the health-care issue does not really open itself to many great still photographs — so for the most part I have not covered much of it. — Possibly a mistake on my end, but the same talking head-shots of pelosi and reid just don’t inspire me too much — not to mention much of the photo ops surrounding health-care seem to have been day-of planning and not on any schedules I see the night before.
That leaves us with the White House party crashers …. Well, I was at the White House for the official state visit by the Indian PM, but had other plans and didn’t see too many big notable names on the guest list anyway so opted not to cover the guest arrivals.
Big mistake on my part for how much press this story has been getting! — but an entire night of searching google trying to find out who the people I took pictures of were and why they were important didn’t appeal to me after spending all day at the White House to begin with! — but in retrospect, it would have been the most profitable part of the day for me! grrrr….
So then the crashers were invited to testify on Capitol Hill. I wake up that day, start heading down to cover it, and as I get about half-way thru my sometimes 2 hour commute — I hear on the radio that they are not going to show. — turn around and come home!
The same thing happened again later for another Capitol Hill hearing, except this one had been postponed — I must start checking the schedule in the AM before I leave!! Anyway, the crashers are supposed to be subpoenaed to Capitol Hill now, and there seems to be a big cover up over the White House Social Secretary’s lack of work that day as she herself wanted to be a guest at the party more than wanting to take responsibility for her job.
— No worries though, she’s a long-time Obama family friend, so I’m certain her job will be safe …. as for the Secret Service members involved…… probably not so lucky!
Other than those two items — nothing else seems to be going on in DC right now!
Washington, D.C. - November 3rd, 2009:  Swedish Prime Minister FREDRIK REINFELDT meets with Senator JOHN KERRY.... (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 3rd, 2009: Swedish Prime Minister FREDRIK REINFELDT meets with Senator JOHN KERRY.... (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 3rd, 2009:  National Football League (NFL) Commissioner ROGER GOODELL testifies on Capitol Hill during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Sports Anti-Doping Programs.... (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 3rd, 2009: National Football League (NFL) Commissioner ROGER GOODELL testifies on Capitol Hill during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Sports Anti-Doping Programs.... (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 9th, 2009:  Isreali Prime Minister BENJAMIN NETANYAHU speaks at the 2009 General Assembly of The Jewish Federations of North America.... (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 9th, 2009: Isreali Prime Minister BENJAMIN NETANYAHU speaks at the 2009 General Assembly of The Jewish Federations of North America.... (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 16th, 2009:  CEO of Nissan Motor Copmany CARLOS GHOSN came together with other business leaders to form the Electrification Coalition.  The Coalition was formed to promote the policies and actions that will facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale.  .. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 16th, 2009: CEO of Nissan Motor Copmany CARLOS GHOSN came together with other business leaders to form the Electrification Coalition. The Coalition was formed to promote the policies and actions that will facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale. .. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 16th, 2009:  US Senator BYRON DORGAN (D-NV) came together with other business leaders to form the Electrification Coalition.  The Coalition was formed to promote the policies and actions that will facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale.  .. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 16th, 2009: US Senator BYRON DORGAN (D-NV) came together with other business leaders to form the Electrification Coalition. The Coalition was formed to promote the policies and actions that will facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale. .. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 19th, 2009: JUAN ZARATE, former deputy assistant to the President George W. Bush and former deputy national security advisor for combating terrorism, and current senior advisor for the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies answers questions before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee discussing a preliminary assessment of the Fort Hood attack.  (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 19th, 2009: JUAN ZARATE, former deputy assistant to the President George W. Bush and former deputy national security advisor for combating terrorism, and current senior advisor for the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies answers questions before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee discussing a preliminary assessment of the Fort Hood attack. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 19th, 2009: BRIAN JENKINS, senior advisor at the RAND Corporation answers questions before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee discussing a preliminary assessment of the Fort Hood attack.  (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 19th, 2009: BRIAN JENKINS, senior advisor at the RAND Corporation answers questions before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee discussing a preliminary assessment of the Fort Hood attack. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 19th, 2009:  Senator JOE LIEBERMAN , chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee headed a hearing discussing a preliminary assessment of the Fort Hood attack.  (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 19th, 2009: Senator JOE LIEBERMAN , chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee headed a hearing discussing a preliminary assessment of the Fort Hood attack. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 19th, 2009: A sign promoting World Toilet Day sits outside the US Capitol.  2.5 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation, and the goal of Water Advocates is to bring awareness to about the lack of proper sanitation world wide. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 19th, 2009: A sign promoting World Toilet Day sits outside the US Capitol. 2.5 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation, and the goal of Water Advocates is to bring awareness to about the lack of proper sanitation world wide. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 19th, 2009:  ARI SINGH, stands outside of the Capitol promoting World Toilet Day.  2.5 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation, and the goal of Water Advocates is to bring awareness to about the lack of proper sanitation world wide. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 19th, 2009: ARI SINGH, stands outside of the Capitol promoting World Toilet Day. 2.5 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation, and the goal of Water Advocates is to bring awareness to about the lack of proper sanitation world wide. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press