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Obama Buys Press Silence for a Piece of Chocolate Cake
President Barack Obama speaks about the economy, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at Rhode Island College in Providence, R.I. Obama wants women to know what his administration is doing to help them succeed. Four days before midterm elections in which Obama's fellow Democrats need a big turnout from female voters, Obama spoke in Rhode Island on growth in the U.S. economy and administration policies directed at women. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama Buys Press Silence for a Piece of Chocolate Cake

"Chocolate cake provides more to chew on than most press briefings..."

President Barack Obama on Friday bought himself and the rest of the White House a day off from the usual round of questions from the press, and all it took was some chocolate cake.

Onboard Air Force One, Obama said he wanted to give White House spokesman Josh Earnest a day off for Halloween. To sweeten the deal, he offered slices of a chocolate cake he bought during the trip:

While many reporters have said the Obama administration is the most secretive administration in modern history, reporters traveling with Obama seemed to accept the deal without complaint. CBS reporter Mark Knoller reported the exchange via Twitter:

Knoller seemed to indicate that the tradeoff was worth it, given the empty calories the White House dishes out at some briefings. "Chocolate cake provides more to chew on than most press briefings," he tweeted.

But not everyone agreed. Fox News reporter Ed Henry asked via Twitter why reporters agreed to the deal given all the news that happened on Friday:

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