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Obama's power lunch with Chicago CEO's: McDonald's, Motorola, United Airlines, TransUnion

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WASHINGTON--President Obama is lunching Tuesday with four top executives from Chicago area companies, including TransUnion's Penny Pritzker, the woman who chaired Obama's finance committee.

The list:
Jim Skinner, McDonald's
Greg Brown, Motorola
Glenn Tilton, United Airlines
Penny Pritzker, TransUnion


The Obama White House added the event to Obama's public Tuesday schedule, with the lunch topic the economy, according to a pool report.

Update...from White House briefing with Robert Gibbs.....

Q A couple things on today. The lunch today -- any significance in the fact that all four CEOs are from the Chicago-area companies? Are these old friends or --

MR. GIBBS: No, no, I think just we've gotten -- different groups of people have come in at different times --

Q Well, what do you learn from -- I mean, these are all -- it was sort of -- they were all Chicago CEOs. Is this something that Penny Pritzker put this together? Is it --

MR. GIBBS: Penny was here I think on something separate and was added today to the lunch. But I think it's nothing more than a good cross-section to get -- for the President to get feedback and an understanding from them on what they're seeing in our economy. I have not -- he's been in the meeting, and I have not gotten a readout on that yet.

end update



From the White House, via a pool report......

A WH official asks your pooler to pass this on:

From a White House official:

Today, President Obama will host four business leaders at the White House for a lunch meeting to discuss the economy. The lunch is part of the regular outreach that the President and senior administration officials have done to leaders from the business community to discuss the economy, and share ideas on job creation and supporting our nation's businesses.

The list of expected attendees is below:

∙ Jim Skinner, McDonald's
∙ Greg Brown, Motorola
∙ Glenn Tilton, United Airlines
∙ Penny Pritzker, TransUnion

Carol Lee
Politico

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