President Obama is at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington this evening passing the hat around, and the press is not invited.
“Tonight the president is doing a meet-and-greet with a small group of people to benefit his campaign,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. “Since the president is not planning to make formal remarks to the small group, this event will be closed press.”
What, I wonder, qualifies as “formal” remarks? Use of the teleprompter? Jacket and tie? Elevated elocution?
Is Obama making remarks that are “informal,” and therefore not coverable by the press?
The fact is, Obama is raising money from a few wealthy people who must be contributing ungodly sums in order to make it worth his time to run out of the White House to see them. And the press is not allowed.
I’m pretty sure Bush pulled this kind of thing too. But he wasn’t supposedly introducing a new era of openness and the removal of money from politics.