January 14th, 2009
03:57 PM ET

Obama breaks bread with Commentators

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Ed Henry | BIO
Senior White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON - Trying to show a little bipartisanship, President-elect Barack Obama had an off-the-record meeting Wednesday with liberal commentators and columnists, the morning after a dinner with conservative writers at the home of columnist George F. Will.

Two sources close to the transition say Obama met Wednesday morning at his transition headquarters here with left-leaning writers like Maureen Dowd and Frank Rich of The New York Times, E.J. Dionne and Gene Robinson of The Washington Post, and MSNBC talk show host Rachel Maddow.

More moderate attendees included columnists Gerald Seib of The Wall Street Journal and Ronald Brownstein of National Journal magazine.

On Monday evening, Obama traveled to Will’s home in Chevy Chase, Md., to dine with a conservative cadre that included William Kristol and David Brooks of The New York Times.

Aides to Obama, who has been promising the most transparent administration ever, are refusing to divulge details of the meetings, saying the events were strictly off-the-record.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. xtina, chicago IL

    Details of President Bush's meetings with "comentators" were divulged. Why is Obama so secretive? And do his supporters think it's ok for a public servant to be secretive?

    January 15, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  2. earle,florida

    Sorry,but this does't square with me,...?

    January 14, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  3. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

    I am decidedly Democrat these days and I do lean very much to the left of center as well over the last 6-8 years after previously being an ardent Ronald Reagan Conservative.

    I have to admit i still listen to Rush Limbaugh (for entertainment value only). Keep your friends closr and your and emies even closer remember :-). Boy was he even more full of himself than normal today, reporting that many actually believed HE was invited to this 'Commentators' meeting (he wasn't of course).

    Actually I think that President-elect Obama should meet with him. Mr. Obama can listen to this pompous Oaf let him spill his guts and then tell him not to let the door hit him in the nether regions on the way out :-). It'll give ole Rush something to talk about for the next 12 months that'll be quite a lot more "entertaining" than the crap he's been currently spewing :-).

    January 14, 2009 at 4:24 pm |