• Up Close View For African Americans In White House Briefing Room

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    The briefing room spotlight shines brightest on White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, but turn the camera around and focus on the front row and you might just catch a glimpse of history being made.

    For the first time, as far as anyone can tell, three African American correspondents occupied front row seats together and peppered Gibbs with questions. It happened last Thursday as the controversy over the Quran burning hit a fever pitch.

    “That is amazing,” Gibbs said, surprised that in 2010 this milestone had never been reached.

    Darlene Superville of the Associated Press sat in the seat of power. Tradition holds that AP get’s the first question and signals to Gibbs when it’s time to wrap with a simple “thank you Robert.”

    Wendell Goler, a veteran Fox News White House correspondent, pressed Gibbs on the Quran story, and the White House targeting of House Minority leader John Boehner over tax cuts for the wealthy. Those were similar to questions I had pushed from a different angle earlier, when Gibbs called on me.

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