Initially billed as a conversation with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, the president made a surprise appearance — a very unusual move — and the White House placed the proceedings off the record beforehand. The meeting came amid a series of scandals crashing over the White House that has placed the administration on defense in a way it hasn’t been until now.
June 11, 2013
"President Obama held an off-the-record meeting with select reporters from some of the nation’s largest print and online outlets Monday..."
"... in the White House’s latest effort to placate an increasingly restive press corps."