Staged AP pic of US President Barack Obama by Pablo Martinez Monsivais (via, shooting the staged photo (via

Here’s something you probably didn’t know. Since at least the Reagan era, still cameras have not been allowed to photograph the US President giving televised speeches at the White House. Now, the White House says things wil change, but what the future arrangement will be for still photographers is not yet clear.

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