The transparency White House has been mostly opaque today, with no appearances by Obama nor even a briefing with Gibbs. But Obama decided to have an off the record lunch with about a dozen reporters who regularly cover the White House beat.
To those of you who think Obama and the White House press corps have some secret cabal going, I can assure you there is a lot of frustration with the lack of access to the president, even as compared to President Bush. Clinton was sometimes hard to get rid of. No question, most of these reporters who voted pulled the lever for Obama. But most try not to be biased in their reporting, and all of them think he ignores them for the most part.
The New York Times snootily refused to attend. I guess their rationale as that it shouldn’t be off the record. But the opportunity to get on the inside, measure the current thinking of the president and get on people’s radar screen is priceless. Passing it up is a bad idea.
And no, Dossier not invited.