President Barack Obama met with a small group of conservative reporters, columnists and commentators on Tuesday for an off-the-record conversation. The private White House meeting last for 90 minutes in the Roosevelt Room, reports the Huffington Post. The chat followed an on-the-record exchange with the White House press corps about the government shutdown and imminent debt default, which lasted over an hour.
The group or conservative reporters and columnists included Wall Street Journal editor Paul Gigot and Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer among others.
Obama meets a number of times per year with various journalists—often liberal—to have an off-the-record discussion about the administration’s views and plans. In August, he sat down with members of the New York Times, including conservative columnist David Brooks.