The White House Correspondents’ Association has been barred from covering the wedding of Naomi Biden.
Naomi Biden, eldest granddaughter of President Biden, is marrying fiancé Peter Neal at the White House on Saturday. Breaking with tradition, the White House has kiboshed coverage of the event by a pool of reporters.
Guests arrive on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, for the wedding of Naomi Biden, 28, granddaughter of President Biden, and Peter Neal, 25, on Nov. 19, 2022. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
“White House weddings have been covered by the press throughout history and the first family’s wish for privacy must be balanced against the public’s interest in an event occurring at the People’s House with the President as a participant,” the White House Correspondents’ Association said in a statement Saturday.
The correspondents association said it attempted to negotiate access for a small circle of approved journalists to attend the event but were denied.
Naomi Biden and fiancé Peter Neal at the Paramount White House Correspondents’ Dinner after party at the French Ambassador’s residence, in Washington, D.C., on April 30, 2022. (Photo by Mary Kouw/CBS via Getty Images) (Mary Kouw/CBS via Getty Images)
“The WHCA advocated for allowing a small pool of journalists to cover some portion of the wedding. Our request for coverage was declined and we are deeply disappointed that the White House has chosen to keep this event fully closed to the press,” the statement continued.
The ceremony is being held on the White House’s South Lawn. The event is expected to have intense security measures to keep public snooping at bay.
While uncommon, wedding ceremonies at the White House are not unheard of. There have been a total of 18 such weddings in U.S. history, with the first taking place in 1812 and the most recent in 2013 between official White House photographer Pete Souza and his wife, Patti Lease, according to the White House Historical Association.
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