White House’s Gibbs on Washington Post Salons

Who was invited to attend The Washington Post Company’s “salons”?  Yesterday’s press briefing provided this exchange:

Q    Was anyone from the White House invited to attend these Washington Post salons that were reported this morning?  And what is the White House’s official policy on members of the administration doing things like this, regardless of who sponsors them?

MR. GIBBS:  Well, I don’t know if anybody here was — I think some people in the administration writ large may have been invited.  I do not believe, based on what I’ve been able to check, that anybody has accepted the invitations.  Obviously the Counsel would have to review an invitation like this and I think it would likely exceed what the Counsel would be — the salon that the Washington Post is offering would likely exceed what the Counsel would feel in this case would be appropriate.

Q    When you say writ large, are you talking about White House?

MR. GIBBS:  Yes, I meant “administration,” I’m sorry.

Q    So nobody here at the White House that you’re aware of?

MR. GIBBS:  Not that I’m aware of.

Q    Was the Counsel’s Office involved in reviewing these invitations for anyone at HHS?

MR. GIBBS:  I don’t know.  I can check on that specifically.


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