President Obama looking to shore up his base hosted a lunch with several members of the liberal media at the White House on Thursday.
President Obama spoke to the nation on Tuesday, then to BP executives on Wednesday. Who’s next? Political pundits!
Obama held an off-the-record lunch Thursday at the White House with several prominent political writers and pundits: the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, the Wall Street Journal’s Jerry Seib, the New York Times’ Gail Collins and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. (Arianna Huffington was also invited, but according to her own White House reporter, she couldn’t attend because of a scheduling conflict.)
Yahoo! News confirmed the journalist guest list and also learned that the meeting was staffed by a trio of top White House officials: David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett.
Presumably, the Gulf crisis was a major topic of discussion, but little has leaked out so far about specifics of the hourlong lunch. Even though White House reporters noticed the group leaving — and tweeted about it! — attendees are sticking to the off-the-record ground rules and keeping quiet.
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