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November 1, 2014

Obama’s Secret Lunch With Hillary Clinton

I was about to leave the White House after a ho-hum day as pool reporter Thursday when Yahoo’s Olivier Knox noticed a tweet from People Magazine indicating Hillary Rodham Clinton had met with President Barack Obama at the White House.

Knox — a member of the group of White House scribes who toil mostly without sunlight in the press quarters in the basement — suggested I look at his Twitter feed.

A secret meeting between the president and the woman currently favored in the polls to succeed him?

Would the White House that brags about its transparency really try to keep such a lunch secret?

Yup.

I sought to confirm — along with the rest of the White House press corps.

“The President enjoyed an informal, private lunch with Secretary Clinton at the White House this afternoon,” a White House official said belatedly and on background in response.

I also sent a complaint to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney about the lack of transparency by the White House regarding the lunch.

I noted that on July 29, 2013, Obama and Clinton had another private lunch and it was included on the public schedule. A private lunch with Mitt Romney in 2012 was also on the public schedule.

There’s no reason why this lunch shouldn’t have been on the public schedule either, at a minimum.

(The press corps has also been pushing for more access, including opportunities for news photographers and the pool to have the opportunity to witness newsworthy events and ask questions.)

  • http://batman-news.com Molly

    Closed doors
    Limited access
    Scandal upon scandal.
    Anyone surprised anymore?

  • JohnDille

    GEE… MAYBE HILLARY IS TAKING HER REVENGE AGAINST HER HUSBAND, AND PLAYING MONICA LEWINSKY FOR OBAMA! Or maybe they are just good friends… or maybe they were discussing issues of deep National Security… Clinton WAS Secretary of State, after all! YOU RIGHT WINGERS SURE ARE OBSESSED WITH CONSPIRACY THEORIES, AREN’T YOU??? Perhaps no surprise, since right wingers are famous for their conspiracies, so they just naturally assume that everyone else are conspirators, as well!!!

  • YONATAN C

    SENATOR JOHN BOEHNER IS A SAD EXCUSE FOR A POLITICIAN AND A HUMAN BEING IF EVER THERE WAS. HE HAS SINGLE HANDEDLY DESTROYED THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES WITHOUT UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSON BENEFITS SINCE LATE LAST DECEMBER. HE HAS USED HIS POWER IN OFFICE TO DELAY AND POSTPONE THE EXTENSION VOTE IN THE SENATE UNTIL IT BECAME TOO LATE TO PASS IT IN TIME. THIS WAS AN INTENTIONAL MOVE ON HIS PART AND OF THOSE REPUBLICANS THAT FOLLOW HIS EXAMPLE. SINCE LAST DECEMBER, MILLIONS HAVE FACED EVICTIONS, HOME FORECLOSURES, BANKRUPTCY, AND HOMELESSNESS, WITH EVERY PASSING MONTH THAT WENT BY WITHOUT THE BILL. EVEN THOUGH A FOREIGN AID BILL WAS PASSED DURING THIS TIME, FOR THE UKRAINE, WORTH BILLIONS OF TAX PAYER’S DOLLARS, NO HELP WAS GIVEN TO THESE UNFORTUNATE AMERICANS WITHOUT BENEFITS. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE CLEARLY SHOWN FOR WHOM THEY WORK FOR, AND FOR WHOM THEY SERVE… AND IT’S NOT YOU OR ME. THE REPUBLICANS WORK FOR SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS AND CORPORATE AMERICA ONLY. MANY FAMILIES ARE STILL STRUGGLING AND FAILING FINANCIALLY DUE TO THE EXTENSION BILL NOT BEING PASSED. THIS IS TRULY A CRIME AGAINST THE POOR AND UNEMPLOYED IN OUR COUNTRY, AND I HOPE THAT EVERYONE AFFECTED WILL VOTE THEM ALL OUT OF OFFICE IN THE COMING ELECTIONS

  • Scott Smith

    There’s no material difference between today’s liberals and their socialist, marxist, and communist ancestors.

  • Fiji’s Best

    Today’s liberalism is nothing more than communism without the manifesto.

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