The White House is "identifying tastemakers in order to help create grassroots interest in some of the programs they are working on," said Washington Life's Michael Clements, who attended the meeting. "They wanted to introduce themselves. It was certainly a departure from previous administrations."
"[Creating] grass roots interest", huh? Is that what the cool kids call 'partying' these days? Just what king of grass are we talking about here, anyway? Sheesh. The hypocrisy-o-meter is in the red. Of course, that might explain this bit of recent news:
Barack Obama 'too tired' to give proper welcome to Gordon Brown
Allies of Mr Obama say his weary appearance in the Oval Office with Mr Brown illustrates the strain he is now under, and the president's surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk.