Bush's first presidential veto; no pictures, please

Press photographs are barred from the historic event.

Published July 19, 2006 6:57PM (EDT)

As promised, George W. Bush has just vetoed legislation that would have expanded federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. It was the first veto of his presidency, but Bush held no ceremony, and press photographers were barred from the event.

Could it be because the stem cell legislation is popular with the American people -- and because Democrats might relish having a photo or two of Bush vetoing it for their campaign ads come November?

Tony Snow says no.

Photographers weren't allowed in because the president "doesnt feel its appropriate," Snow said. "Hes signing a veto."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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