President Obama had a secret lunch with Hillary Clinton today. Fortunately, People magazine found out about it and tweeted the information out to the world. Today’s pool reporter, Steve Dennis of Roll Call, followed up to confirm the, uh, tweet.
From his pool report:
The White House confirmed that Hillary Clinton had lunch with President Obama today after People magazine tweeted about the meeting – a tweet that has since been deleted.
“The President enjoyed an informal, private lunch with Secretary Clinton at the White House this afternoon,” a White House official said on background in a response to an inquiry from your pooler.
Your pooler also lodged a complaint about the lack of transparency on the meeting with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
The lunch was not on the president’s public schedule.
Where did the People tweet go? I imagine they got some kind of nasty phone call from the White House and became intimidated. But who knows.
The tweet was reposted with a minor change – saying Hillary was having lunch instead of a meeting – at about the same time the White House confirmed the information.
Coordination? I guess People is in the ass-kissing business, after all, to get all those fluffy, feathery stories. But again, maybe they were doing some kind of serious journalism that wasn’t immediately apparent . . .
Ah yes, White House transparency. Even the person who commented to Dennis had to be on background. Why? I assure you they didn’t confirm the information without approval.
Maybe Obama was just trying to keep it from Biden. This was undoubtedly not just a friendly lunch.