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I had no idea that up until recently (immediately following the announcement of the death of Osama Bin Laden in fact) that the White House staged their press photos for photographers so that during the actual speech by the President, the clicking of the shutters would not distract viewers or the President’s concentration on the topic.

This practice, which has been in place at least as far back as the Nixon administration, keeps photographers out of the way of television cameras and teleprompters, prevents the noise of their cameras from interfering with presidential oratory and safeguards against the possibility that their jostling will distract the chief executive at some critical passage.

I guess with the ever-increasing resolution of broadcast video, pretty soon it won’t really matter if cameras are in the room because we’ll be able to grab a still image from the video, right?