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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.

By Post Editor  |  January 21, 2009; 10:32 AM ET
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All of today's purported Executive Orders will be legally challenged.

Posted by: JakeD | January 21, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo (I will only ask you this one more time):

"Did you click on the link?"

Posted by: JakeD | January 21, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

oh puleeze jake !!!!
This politically correct bull is blown way out of proportion.

he was inaugurated. period.
"just to be safe, he should take the oath again". those scholars must be republican.

Chief Justice Roberts oversees the highest court in the land. You gonna argue with that pilgrim?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | January 21, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, greyparrot : )

Posted by: JakeD | January 21, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

It's going to be a fun four years: the freaks are everywhere.
While browsing the Whole Foods website a few days ago I saw a comment from a customer who was outraged they had a promotional section for Inauguration recipes (pineapple salsa for the President's Hawaiian connection) because this loon was not looking forward to the event. Something about that whole peaceful transfer of power through the electoral process really annoyed this fine fellow. JakeD, we all get you have not returned to reality and are still out there in Limbaughland where Obama could not possibly be the new Leader of the Free World but here's a flash: HE IS. And most Americans are pretty happy about that. While I wouldn't put it past the Chief Justice to deliberately screw up the oath, the bottom line is that everyone is so relieved to see the last of the happy torture crowd, that even if it mattered, you'd be barking at the moon here. Get help, take some good drugs, reconnect with Earth. We're all pulling for you.

Posted by: greyparrot | January 21, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse


Barack HUSSEIN Obama was not sworn in as President on January 20, 2009. That does not make me prejudiced (I would have gladly voted for a qualified, pro-life African-American) or unstudied in Constitutional law (I graduated in the top of my class at Stanford). Did you click on the link?

Posted by: JakeD | January 21, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Chief Justice Roberts already admitted it was his mistake.

Think of it this way: how many men mess up when they propose to their girl?

Jake is just mad at the world for the next 8 years because 1) he is either prejudice or 2) he didn't study constitutional law enough.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | January 21, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

gee whiz jake, i thought President Obama "wasn't going to be inaugurated"....
(((sly grins )))))

Helen Thomas made it in the White House. I wonder if the first question will be hers?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | January 21, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | January 21, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Why would you think that the oath would need to be retaken?? Why are some people so caught up by the fact a couple of mistakes were made during the oath!! It's a formality!!

Posted by: dkidwell61 | January 21, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Will anyone ask Gibbs if the oath will be retaken?

Posted by: JakeD | January 21, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

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