"There's a journalistic value to it." — New York Times deputy Washington bureau chief Dick Stevenson, defending the longstanding cozy holiday party the White House throws for members of the press corps who cover it.
"I think every president grouses about hosting a party for the meanies in the press. But I also think they get a chuckle out of watching the reporters fall all over themselves to get pictures in the receiving line." — Mike McCurry, former White House press secretary for Bill Clinton
"At Monday night's event, guests were greeted by White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and social secretary Desiree Rogers. Reporters huddled around White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and posed for pictures with her in front of the many holiday trees. Other journalists including Arianna Huffington, Maureen Dowd, David Brooks, E.J. Dionne and Eugene Robinson were seen mingling in the State Dining Room and in the Red and Blue rooms ..." — Politico, reporting on the Dec. 14 party