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Time for Top-Secret White House Talks on Charitable Giving


Looking at Obama’s schedule for the day, and seeing meetings with Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and Colin Powell, I’m left wondering . . . how controversial can these meetings be?

Later, the President will meet with members of the Giving Pledge including co-founders Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates, and others who have taken the Giving Pledge. The President will receive an update on the Giving Pledge, which invites the wealthiest individuals and families to give the majority of their wealth to philanthropy, and discuss the ways in which private philanthropy can help address our nation’s greatest challenges. This meeting is closed press.

In the afternoon, the President will make a personnel announcement in the Rose Garden. This announcement is open press.

Later in the afternoon, the President will host an education roundtable with business leaders, Secretary Duncan, Melody Barnes, and America’s Promise Alliance Chair Alma Powell and Founding Chair General Colin Powell to discuss what the business community can do to ensure we have a skilled, educated and competitive US workforce. This meeting is closed press.

Later, the President and senior administration officials will meet with heads of financial regulatory agencies in the Roosevelt Room to receive an update on implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This week marks the first anniversary of the President signing into law the strongest consumer protections in history and the most significant reform of Wall Street since the Great Depression. This meeting is closed press.

Really? Discussions of charitable giving and improving education have to be kept away from the prying eyes of reporters? No Q&A afterwards?

Again, if Obama had not promised “the most open and transparent administration in history,” these sorts of decisions wouldn’t be notable, or seem so bizarre.

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