White House Bills Execs For Cost Of Presidential Luncheons

07.31.09 | FL News Team

(Washington, DC)  --  CEOs aren't getting a free lunch at the White House.  Politico.com reports the White House billed four titans of industry after a meal last month with President Obama.  Staffers collected credit card numbers from each of the four executives and charged them for the cost of the luncheon.

The White House says it's a way to avoid conflicts of interest.  There was no comment about the cost or what was served when the heads of Xerox, Coca-Cola, AT&T and Honeywell International lunched with Obama.

A White House spokeswoman said guests are asked for reimbursement from time to time to comply with tough ethics rules.  The George W. Bush administration didn't charge for meals with the President.  They were covered as official entertainment expenses.