However, when it came to signing the document, the White House refused to allow reporters or TV cameras in the room.
Still photographers were the only representatives of the free press permitted to record the historic moment.
If this was a good treaty, it would have been signed in front of several dozen reporters and photographers with Pelosi, Reid and the Russian ambassador standing behind him.
One commenter wrote: "This START treaty with Russia is more like a surrender document. The signing would be more appropriate on a Russian battleship with Obama and our Joint Chiefs of Staff bowing to our new overlords."
From the report at the link below:
The White House Correspondents Association protested the White House’s decision to refuse to permit reporters access to the event, in addition to the dearth of press briefings since the crisis in Egypt began to unfold, a crisis in which President Obama continues to celebrate the great freedoms and openness enjoyed in this country.
No openness during the signing of the START treaty!
Something is very wrong when the President of the United States signs a document with an unfriendly foreign power behind closed doors!