In case you missed it: President Obama drops in on secret meeting with reporters

BuzzFeed wasn’t invited, which is probably the only reason we now know that President Obama had a secret meeting with selected members of the press on Monday afternoon. Is it possible the meeting was the administration’s Plan B following Attorney General Eric Holder’s lightly attended off-the-record media summit in May? The New York Times declined to attend that meeting, and BuzzFeed reports that New York Times reporter Peter Baker might not have gone to Monday’s meeting either if he’d known that President Obama would drop in to say hi — after reporters had agreed to keep things off the record.

Reporters who attended Monday’s session with the president were loathe to discuss it with BuzzFeed, citing the White House’s stipulation that the meeting remain off the record. But the session came after the White House announced a “travel/photo lid” for the day — White House parlance for no more events, and the signal for the pool reporter to go home — and reporters from The New York Times,Washington Post, Huffington Post, Time, McClatchy, Politico, Tribune, NPR,Bloomberg, USA Today, AFP, Yahoo and other outlets were milling around the briefing room waiting to be called in. In total, about two dozen reporters were included.

What’s creepy about that? At least the windows are still transparent … for now.

  • mike_in_kosovo

    Giving them their new marching orders, I suppose.

  • HARP2

    He must have been asking them what to do next.

    • gracepmc

      More likely they were asking him what to do next.

      • Jeremy

        yeah works both ways.

    • ObamaFail

      He’s probably asking them to tell them what his administration is doing since he claims to not find out about stuff until he hears it on the news.

  • CR

    You guys have this all wrong. He was just getting his intelligence briefing for the day. How the heck else is he supposed to know what is going on in this country. Sheesh! Is he supposed to ask Biden?!?!

  • waltermitty2012

    Looking at the picture, it’s as if Obama is thinking, “Do I have Holder issue a warrant or have the NSA tap their phones? Just to be safe, I’ll do both.”

  • gracepmc

    What a flash in the pan that no off the record press meetings with the President was. Pathetic.

  • vetgal1970

    SNAFU. And he wonders why people don’t trust him.

  • 29Victor

    Wow. Caption this, eh?
    “I know who you called last Summer.”

  • airstart

    The whole Obama land team are off the record. The koolaid drinking lap dog media are in a dilemma, how to save their their messiah without looking like morons.

  • Rachel

    A cabal of the most disgusting and thuggish humans in America.

  • spepper

    “Drops in”, my ASS. Staged event, which is typical & predictable of this guy. Probably another Valerie Jarrett Production.

  • OLLPOH # UnBanHana!!!!!!!

    Sure wish everyone had read his autobiographies before they elected him or allow him in the IL Senate or the U.S. Senate . You might be able to get PDF for Free on line. His books are his manifesto.
    And he despises that his father was tracked by the FBI, so we all get to feel the pain, if you do not idolize him…

    This is where America is…
    The complete elimination of private ownership and individual freedom that confines everyone to a drab, mindless existence with no hope of ever gaining anything more than a daily ration and staying alive.- Communism.

  • OLLPOH # UnBanHana!!!!!!!

    Do we really give a (you fill in the blank)? We’re looking for Resignation Papers, so we can help him move out of our Whitehouse to Hawaii or anywhere else he decides to call home…

    • ObamaFail

      If Obama was to ever be impeached, we’d probably see him become the new leader of Al-Qaida

  • jwmiller

    Reporters? Goebbel’s Chat Club.

  • Sua Sponte

    Alternate headline: Obama meets with his propaganda team to discuss press releases to LIV’s….

  • capisce

    He didn’t trust Susan Rice to deliver his talking points?

  • yourmamatoo

    He is corrupt.
    And no faux secret meeting will fix it.

  • notenoughtime

    One Big A** Mistake America and a party to celebrate with the brainless who hero worship instead of doing their jobs. O’s is hardly an individual to be admired let alone worshipped.

  • Sons Thunder

    I think our press corps does lousy work. I’m not disputing that. I just wanted to remind you of Bush’s annual off-the-record BBQs with the press at his Crawford ranch.

    I’d also like to remind you that Scott McLellan, when being grilled by actual reporters, used to call on Jeff Gannon for his reliably softball questions. How do you think Twitchy Staff would react if they found out Jay Carney called on a male escort when he needed a break from the NSA questions?

  • Sons Thunder

    You said “Tyrants, Totalitarians, Dictators always cuddle and schmooze the people who present their image to the public.” I cited Bush’s yearly off-the-record BBQs for the press. You immediately backtracked and presented your erotic fan fiction about GWB.

    I don’t love Obama. I don’t hate Bush. Bush is a politician. He is a fortunate son born into a wealthy and powerful family. His father was a former head of CIA and former POTUS. That you still believe he is just a regular guy only proves that his off-the-record BBQs were effective.


  • Noah

    Paul never said that Bush came from humble beginnings, did he?
    Of course Bush was from a wealthy and powerful family, that’s not in dispute here. He said “personality and how it’s projected”.
    Bush is from a wealthy family but acts “down to earth”
    Obama came from more humble beginnings but often acts very snooty (and no, that isn’t a racial code word).

  • ObamaFail

    Obviously Obama is from privilege, to be able to afford to go to all of those fancy colleges when according to his teachers and people who knew him in college, he was a massive underachiever.

  • John_LC_Silvoney

    Heh heh.Note the example here that the lefties are now slowly leaving the denial stage and entering the bargaining stage.The disingenuous “I never really loved Obama that much.” with their attendant,retread “that Boooosh was so much worse” talking points is showing up a lot in forums now.

  • chetnapier

    the secret to dealing with these people is dont punctuate they get nuts over trivia

  • ObamaFail

    IRS, Scandal, Benghazi, and now Snooping are the new racial slurs that evil conservatives are slinging at the mighty black GOD Barack Obama.

  • Garth Haycock

    While I agree with you about off the record meetings with the press, I would point out that the difference would be the appearance of why the meetings took place. Bush inviting the media to his ranch seems like an informal gathering to get to know each other, while Obama meeting with the media in the White House seems more like political strategy.

  • Ben Bollman

    I think you are missing the glaringly obvious fact though that the WH Press Corps are made up of die-hard lefties that bent over backwards to smear the Bush Administration. The press also didn’t blatantly bury anything for Bush like Benghazi or the IRS scandal during the election season. Major news company Presidents also didn’t have relatives embedded in the Bush Administration like they do with Obama. You are trying to compare a media that hated Bush to one that adores Obama. Thinking these situations are anything alike is faulty logic at best.

  • Noah

    Only problem, supposedly there is nobody who even remembers Obama at these schools. I’ve heard of being an underachiever (heck, I am the walking definition of it) but it’s another to be a complete “ghost”.

  • Sons Thunder

    Criminy — I was simply pointing out the Bush had annual, off-the-record BBQs for the White House Press Corps. Pretending that a box of donuts or a pop-in at the White House is the same thing as hosting a BBQ at your private residence is ridiculous.