With my current job and shift my ability to cover campaigns isn’t what it used to be when, thanks to the Obama economy, I was not employed and found myself writing instead.
But with POTUS on his way to NH and only an hour’s drive away and having a few spare vacation days I figured I could take a day and go cover his Manchester Rally, so I put in my request for a vacation day and went to the donaldtrump.com website to request press credentials keeping an eye on the page to see when or if they would be granted.
I figured I shouldn’t have too much trouble, after all. I’ve covered campaigns congressional, senatorial and presidential. I was been credentialed for both the 2010 Scott Brown victory party and the less pleasant Mitt Romney one. I’ve been in the spin room after a GOP debate questioning Herman Cain and covered Rick Santorum in 2012. Ben Carson and Ted Cruz have sat or stood for interviews with me. I’ve been credentialed at CPAC for years, covered political events in NH for years and even covered the Trump Campaign the last time around questioning him twice at press conferences and both times getting a positive reaction from him for my questions, both in NH
and in Worcester MA when he spoke the quote that is the banner on my blog and on my business card
In both cases I was one of the very few people in the room not out to destroy him. So I was feeling pretty good about things.
So I got myself ready. My Vacation day was approved yesterday, rather lucky on short notice, started getting my equipment ready, identified what I considered the most significant story in relation to the trip (see my lead post tomorrow for that) and started going over what I might as the President if I got the chance to pose a question once again, finally deciding that the question would be dependent on the answers his supporters gave me in interviews on and off camera before the event.
Then this afternoon around 4 PM I checked my status and saw this.
It would have been a great honor to be credentialed press at a Presidential event outside of CPAC, it would have been an even greater honor as a blogger to pose a question to a sitting president.
Apparently Team Trump has decided I’m not worthy of that honor.
The Irony of course is that there will likely be no shortage media members who hate the president, hate his voters and dream of the chance to derail his campaign that will be in that building spinning away to achieve that goal I would have thought it would have been good to have at least one ally in that crowd and one person who might ask a neutral rather than a loaded question. But it’s not my decision to make.
There’s always the chance they’ll change their mind so I’ll keep my eye on that link to see if they change their mind. Thursday is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary so I’ll be off to morning mass that day. If I get home and the status is changed, then I’ll pack up and head north to do a long days work.
But if the worst that happens to me on Thursday is that things remain as they are then I’ll have had a pretty good day. My primary regret will be that I burned a vacation time on a day that my wife works when I didn’t have to.
But as the title of the post suggests I’d be a damn liar If I told you I wasn’t feeling a bit down.