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Staged Presidential Photos, The Bell Tolls for Thee

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 1 2011

Remember the dust-up over staged photos of President Barack Obama taken after the president gave his statement on the death of Osama bin Laden?

Resolved, Politico reports:

A single designated pool photographer will snap shots of the president during certain momentous speeches and make the photos available to news organizations, replacing the controversial practice of reenacting speeches for photographers, a White House spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

Previously, photographers were only allowed to photograph the president after he was done delivering his address — for fear of distracting the speechmaker in chief, among other reasons. Now, though, shutter silencers make it possible for a lone photographer to make images without raising a ruckus, the Washington Post reports.

(With Becky Kazansky)