Joe Biden Lunches With Network News Anchors In Pre-SOTU Tradition

The White House is continuing a tradition of hosting major network TV news anchors for a lunch with the president on the day he delivers the State of the Union address, according to sources.

The lunch is typically off the record, but in the past parts of the conversations have been allowed to be used. In 2022, for instance, Biden allowed a comment about NATO and the “unity of the west” to be used.

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The three broadcast anchors were among those dining, including NBC News’ Lester Holt, ABC News’ David Muir and CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell. Also there: MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell and Fox News’ Shannon Bream.

This will be Biden’s final State of the Union before the November election. The broadcast anchors all planned to do their evening newscasts from D.C. this evening, and then will anchor coverage starting at 9 p.m. ET.

C-SPAN cameras captured some of the participants.

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