No Obama, No C-SPAN at Gridiron’s Annual Dinner

President Obama won’t be at tomorrow evening’s Gridiron dinner– and neither will C-SPAN.

The Gridiron Club has rejected C-SPAN’s request to open the annual event to cameras.

Via Politico: “I understand and sympathize with your concern that maintenance of our dinner’s traditional off-the-record policy conflicts with and undercuts the desire of the press and the public to achieve greater access and openness to government,” Carl P. Leubsdorf, the club’s secretary, wrote to C-SPAN chairman and CEO Brian Lamb.

“[W]e continue to believe that the admission of camera coverage would negatively impact the ambience of our dinner and damage its unique character. As a result, we cannot agree to your request and plan once more to urge our guests to refrain from using any personal cameras or other video equipment.”

Former President Bill Clinton will headline the white tie dinner and President Obama will appear in a taped message, just as he did at Wednesday’s Radio & TV Correspondents Association dinner.