With little fanfare, President Obama signed an executive order yesterday designed to ensure that no federal money can be used for elective abortions under the nation’s new health care law.http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2010/03/25/obama_signs_order_blocking_abortion_funding/
The order had been demanded by a key bloc of antiabortion Democrats as the price for their support for the health bill that narrowly passed the House Sunday night.
. . . Obama invited Stupak and other lawmakers to the Oval Office for the signing of the order but made no effort to draw attention to it, and no members of the media were allowed in the room.
Try to imagine the firestorm of media coverage (complete with discussions of botched back alley abortions and wire hangers) if a President Bush or McCain or Palin signed an executive order barring federal funds for abortion "and no members of the media were allowed in the room" (complete with discussions of freedom of the press and allegations of fascist media manipulation).