On Day One, Glitches at the White House
Updated 11:39 a.m.
By Michael D. Shear
Ah, Day One.
Despite all the planning in the world, nothing quite goes exactly the way the Leader of the Free World would like.
That goes for serious, world changing things, like the delays in the confirmation votes for Secretary of State nominee Hillary Clinton and Attorney General nominee Eric Holder. They were put off for different reasons, but each is a frustration for the new administration.
And then there are the little things.
This morning, at the West gate to the White House, more than a few members of the 4th Estate were turned away by Secret Service agents because their names were mysteriously absent from a computerized access list.
In fact, it was unclear that the list -- which existed under the prior administration -- existed any more.
Secret Service agents apologized, but had not way of clearing anyone in without authorization from the press staff. But the president's press assistants were not at their offices yet, having been told they would not be let in until after 9:30.
Not exactly a momentous problem -- it's pretty clear that the press will eventually be let in. (Anyone who already had a permanent White House pass from covering President Bush was unaffected.)
In the meantime, Obama's aides promised quick action. They will have to move fast -- Press Secretary Robert Gibbs might be doing a briefing as soon as tomorrow, though early reports that he might do so today turned out to be without basis.
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