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Obama Meets the Press—for Lunch

5:41 PM, Feb 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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President Barack Obama had lunch today with members of the press. But we likely won't find out what was discussed: The entire luncheon was off the record.

"The anchors of all three broadcast evening newscasts -- NBC’s Brian Williams, ABC’s Diane Sawyer and CBS’s Scott Pelley -- will be in attendance," Huffington Post reported today.

Former aides to Democratic politicians who are now working as journalists were scheduled to be in attendance, too. "Some cable hosts will also be on hand, including MSNBC's Chris Matthews. George Stephanopoulos, co-host of ABC's 'Good Morning America,' is attending."

The lunch is an annual affair. "The annual lunch, which is off-the-record, allows the president to frame his upcoming speech before influential figures in TV news, all of whom will be leading or part of their networks' coverage later on. While Obama will personally give anchors a sense of what he'll outline in the address at the 12:30 p.m. lunch, White House aides have already been speaking to reporters for days -- typically not for attribution -- about what to expect on Tuesday night," the liberal website reports.

Fox News hosts Chris Wallace and Bret Baeir were also spotted today at the White House, suggesting that they too were invited to the lunch.

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