Obama and Team Met With Journos to Preview Speech Earlier Today

We’re learning late tonight that prior to traveling to West Point for his primetime address on Afghanistan, President Obama and his team had two separate meetings with various print and broadcast journos at the White House.

The President himself apparently had lunch with- we hear- Time‘s Joe Klein, Newsweek and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, WaPo‘s David Ignatius, NYT‘s Tom Friedman and The Atlantic and CBS News’ Marc Ambinder, and possibly others. Ambinder notes on his blog that the discussion was embargoed until after tonight’s speech.

A separate group of journos also met with Obama’s senior administration officials today for a background briefing prior to the address. Politico reports that that group included: NJ‘s Ron Brownstein, NPR and Fox News’ Juan Williams, NPR’s Michele Norris, WaPo‘s Eugene Robinson and E.J. Dionne, NYT Magazine‘s Matt Bai, Bloomberg’s Al Hunt, PBS’ Judy Woodruff, Chicago Tribune‘s Clarence Page, BBC’s Katty Kay and NYT and CNBC’s John Harwood.

While these journos were physically at the White House, senior administration officials also held a conference call with the press previewing the President’s speech this afternoon.