( CNN) We started talking internally about the possibility of shooting a scene with the President of the United States a long way out — nearly a year before it actually happened.

Some people at the White House had reached out and hinted at the possibility that maybe, just perhaps, we might find a period and a place where the two of us could sit down to a meal together. These deliberations were, out of necessity, very closely held until the very last minute.

CNN didn't know.

‘We'd been secretly planning this for some time'

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