Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Miami TV anchor rubs elbows with President Obama...literally

CNN reports that Miami resident Maria Elena Salinas scored a choice seat Tuesday afternoon as she joined a select group of TV anchors for an "intimate lunch" with the president.
President Obama hosted a hush-hush lunch with television anchors to spin them before he delivered his State of the Union speech.

Who rubbed elbows with the president during the intimate lunch in the Family Dining Room? NBC's Brian Williams and Univision's Maria Elena Salinas. Who might have had to strain the most to see Obama from their seat? MSNBC's Chris Matthews and Telemundo's Jose Diaz-Balart.

This long-standing luncheon tradition to brief television anchors precedes President Obama's administration. It's a coveted invitation – White House reporters don't even get invited - and invitees are under strict orders not to tweet, blog or talk about the off-the-record lunch until the president delivers his address.

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