Photo op

The White House released a photo of President Obama at a ceremony for troops killed in Afghanistan, against Pentagon policy and the wishes of the bereaved:

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. . .

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. . .

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.

The White House even distinguished the photo as its “photo of the day”.

POSTSCRIPT: Remember in 2004 how Democrats tried to argue that it was disrespectful to the dead for President Bush to mention 9/11 in his re-election campaign? Even images of Bush speaking at Ground Zero were supposedly out of bounds.

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