White House Defends Closed-Door Meetings on Fiscal Cliff

They don't need the hoi polloi watching


The White House wouldn't offer any new details Monday on the weekend meeting between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, as press secretary Jay Carney defended keeping the content of the talks private.

"I can confirm that there was a meeting and that lines of communication remain open, but I cannot characterize the talks, the conversations beyond that," Carney said during a gaggle aboard Air Force One en route to a Michigan event where Obama will make his case for his approach to the fiscal cliff, and herald the creation of new jobs in the auto industry.