Pres Obama has saved the day. Pres Obama has saved our journalists.
Pres Obama has assured, forever enshrined in our laws, that our nation's journalists will be forever protected from any form of violence and retribution. They will now forever be free to operate, to ask questions, to question authority, to seek the truth. All without impunity and fear.
This, for the first time in our history, has been accomplished thanks to our illustrious leader's signing of the Freedom of the Press Act today.
President Obama welcomed Daniel Pearl's family to the Oval Office today for the signing of the Freedom of Press Act named in honor of the Wall Street Journal reporter who was killed by terrorists in 2002.
The law requires the State Department to list countries that threaten press freedoms and permit violence against journalists.
With the Freedom of the Press Act, Obama has finally protected the
freedoms of press people everywhere from the threat of violence,
retribution and has opened the doors to them doing their jobs - asking
questions - the world over. Why didn't our Founding Father's think of this when they wrote the Constitution?
It "puts us clearly on the side of journalistic freedom," Obama said.
"Speaking of press freedoms," began Chip Reid of CBS before launching into a question about the Gulf Coast oil spill.
Obama didn't bite.
"You are free to ask them," Obama said. "I'm not doing a press conference today."
Well, Ok. Maybe nothing has changed then.