The first order for Benghazi committee members: drawing up attack timeline… morning after Clinton-Obama secret lunch…
By Marion Algier – Ask Marion
As much as Hillary and company try to pretend that Benghazi is no big deal, is old news and makes no difference to anybody, her ‘unofficial’ presidential campaign team seems very anxious to put the whole matter to bed… but it is the scandal that just won’t go away.
In fact, Benghazi now seems to make all the difference in the world to Hillary’s campaign, so much so that they want to get out in front of the press with their spin. And Hillary started the process with a secret, off the official calendar, lunch with Obama on Thursday…
**FILE PHOTO** President Obama has lunch with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the patio outside the Oval Office on July 29, 2013. (Chuck Kennedy/White House)
Hillary Rodham Clinton visited the White House on Thursday and had lunch with President Obama — a meeting that was not part of the president’s daily schedule and was only acknowledged by the White House after People magazine revealed it in a tweet.
The clandestine lunch between Mr. Obama and his former secretary of state and 2008 Democratic presidential primary rival was confirmed by the White House late Thursday afternoon, hours after it had taken place.
“The president enjoyed an informal, private lunch with Secretary Clinton at the White House this afternoon,” a White House official said after being asked about the rumored meeting.
People magazine tweeted about the lunch earlier in the afternoon, though the post was quickly deleted.
Following the White House’s confirmation of the meeting, another tweet on the magazine’s feed showed Mrs. Clinton posing for a picture with People writer Sandra Sobieraj Westfall.
“SS Westfall chats w/ @Hillary Clinton before her @WhiteHouse lunch. Hope she wasn’t late for @BarackObama!” the tweet reads.
Mrs. Clinton is widely expected to run for president in 2016. The former first lady also appears to embarking on something of a media blitz to promote her new book, “Hard Choices.” (Amazingly Hillary is still blaming the video for Benghazi in her book even though we all now know that blaming it on the video was all a lie… a cover-up. Shame on us if we fall for this and even consider electing Hillary Clinton for President in 2016 or ever!)
Mrs. Clinton reportedly will sit down with Fox News’ Bret Baier and Greta Van Sustern on June 17, and also will be featured in a one-hour ABC special next month.
While Mrs. Clinton was at the White House, her potential 2016 Democratic rival was literally on the other side of the country.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden, also eyeing a presidential bid, attended a Democratic National Committee event in Seattle on Thursday.
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.
Hillary Clinton tweet screenshot pic.twitter.com/s5jQBLgHmm
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?
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, (pictured above) 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.)
Let us remember…
Clinton famously fainted and suffered a concussion in 2012, according to her aides, causing her to have to postpone testimony on Capitol Hill about the Benghazi terrorist attacks. Now she is insulted that Karl Rove questioned her health.
The Clintons are masters at handling and covering-up crisis. They survived Bill’s impeachment and the Lewinsky scandal. They survived Mogadishu and Hillary being fired from the Watergate Committee…. And they’ve survived a lot lot more!
But not to worry… There is nothing to see here! President Obama and Hillary were just having a nice friendly lunch.
And Hillary Fully Expects that America will put her into the White House!