Actually, from what I’ve been told by those who were in attendance at yesterday’s background on-the-record briefing for bureau chiefs, Kory Teneycke declined to provide reporters with any details on media availability around the Obama-Ignatieff meeting, saying that it would be up to the Liberals — and the president, of course — to decide whether to invite the nation’s press to capture the moment for posterity. The suspense, needless to say, was killing us.
And so, hot off the gallery listserv, we have our answer:
For Immediate Release
February 18, 2009
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff Holds Photo Opportunity with President Obama
Event: There will be a photo opportunity (pool) of Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff’s meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama.
Date: Thursday, February 19, 2009
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Canada Reception Centre
After the president departs — and you know, it just occured to me that we don’t know whether who, if anyone, will be there to see him off; will Ignatieff — or the Governor General, for that matter — be allowed to stand on the tarmac and wave? Anyway, once he’s gone, Ignatieff heads back to the Hill for a post-Obama press conference. (No word yet on whether he’ll shut the whole thing down if we don’t behave ourselves at the airport.)