I always enjoy a good laugh when the White House releases a “readout” of a meeting.
Take a look at the statement below. It’s a decent sized paragraph that says absolutely nothing. Why take up perfectly good cyberspace with something like this? The Bush people did the same, except they provided even less information, as impossible as that seems.
This is a way for the White House to pretend it’s keeping reporters informed, and for reporters to pretend they’ve been informed. Many will actually write something off the statement. And then everyone can pretend they’ve done their jobs and duly informed the public of the important matters their leaders are engaged in.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2011
Readout of National Security Advisor Tom Donilon’s meeting with Secretary Clinton, Secretary Gates and Israeli Minister of Defense Barak
National Security Advisor Donilon, Secretary of State Clinton, and Secretary of Defense Gates met jointly today with Israeli Minister of Defense Barak. They stressed the United States’ unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security, including through our continued support for Israel’s military, and the unprecedented security cooperation between our two governments. Mr. Donilon, Secretary Clinton, and Secretary Gates discussed with Minister Barak the latest developments in Egypt, the need to move forward on Middle East peace, our efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and other regional and bilateral issues. They agreed that the U.S. and Israel would continue to consult closely on common challenges and issues across our shared agenda.