REPORTER: So there's no reason they haven't met publicly?
CARNEY: No, there's no specific reason except that the president's obviously got a lot on his plate.
Interesting choice of words... in the last six months:
June 28, 2012 - Marc Anthony's $40,000-a-Plate Obama Fundraiser
June 13, 2012 - Obama Fundraiser Nets $40,000 A Ticket In Washington D.C.
May 10, 2012 - George Clooney Throws Obama A $40,000-A-Plate Party
May 3, 2012 - Obama attended two private, $40,000-a-plate fundraisers
April 9, 2012 - Lunch: $10,000 a plate. Good seats to hear John Legend sing: $5,000. Dinner: $30,000 per couple.
March 9, 2012 - Barack Obama ... $10,000-per-plate fundraiser in ... Atlanta, Ga. at the Tyler Perry Studios.
March 1, 2012 - Obama ... at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Kitchen... dinner cost $35,800 a plate.
February 23, 2012 - Obama's Florida trip includes All-Star NBA [$30,000-a-plate] fundraiser
February 15, 2012 - Actor George Clooney... joined the president for a $35,800-a-plate dinner.This list is by no means comprehensive, but you get the idea. However, the president is not the only one with a busy schedule, and I am out of time. I've got a lot on my plate, too. Or at least I will as soon as I make dinner. I'm still working out the per-plate price.