Security and media restrictions around former first lady Laura Bush’s appearance at a trade conference in Boise Friday are a little tight, to say the least.
Attending media, including reporters and photographers, had to submit personal data and credentials two days in advance, and must drop off cameras and laptops for a security check two hours ahead of her 9 a.m. keynote. That’s pretty standard for anyone under Secret Service guard, and former presidents and first ladies get lifelong protection.
But wait, there’s more! From the requirements:
• All media must be checked in and remain in designated Press Box during her remarks.
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• No photos or videos may be taken during meals.
• Photos and B-roll video (no sound) are allowed for the first 3 minutes of Mrs. Bush’s speech.
• After 3 minutes all cameras (video and still) must be turned off and removed from the room.
• Media may stay for the remainder of her speech, but must remain in Press Box.
We asked for a little clarification. What about smartphones or audiotaping? Yes, apparently, smart phones also must be put away, and no, audio recording of her remarks is not permitted.
The event is Gov. Butch Otter’s Trade & Business Conference sponsored by Zions Bank.