Plotkin: “Shown the Door at the White House”

From WTOP:

    It was your typical White House event. The Ballou Senior High School Marching Band was being honored by First Lady Laura Bush. …

    The First Lady gave a brief speech. That’s when Plotkin literally sprung into action. He called across the East Room, “Mrs. Bush, Mrs. Bush” …

    “Mrs. Bush, do you agree with those who say and believe that members of the Ballou High School band should not grow up to become members of the House of Representatives?” …

    Mrs. Bush looked down and walked to her seat without a word. The smile was gone. …

    As we stood in the horseshoe driveway of the White House, Sally McDonough from Mrs. Bush’s press office hurried over to us.

    “Next time you have a question for the First Lady you can call me and request an interview.”

    “Great,” he said. “I’ll call tomorrow and we’ll set it up.”

    “I said you could request an interview.”

    Plotkin smiled.

    Then McDonough asked Plotkin for his name and employer, which she wrote in her notebook.

    “Thanks, I’ll walk you out.”

    She escorted Plotkin to the gate. …

    No doubt Plotkin will have trouble getting White House credentials in the future; they’ve probably already added him to the do-not-fly list.

Wonders Mark Segraves:

    What has the 4th estate become when we attended a government press event that includes a press release, lights, microphones and all the accommodations needed for the press, yet it is somehow rude for us to ask a question?