"How is the White House watching this?" Mason asked. "Are you sending any staff to the hearings? Will the president be watching? Can you give us any color ahead of those hearings on that?"
"Well, as you know, Jeff, the Supreme Court doesn't actually televise the hearings, so it will impact our ability to watch it," Earnest said, prompting laughter from the assembled reporters.
"Touché," Mason replied. "I'll bet you could get a seat."
When Mason pressed on, asking whether anyone from the Obama administration would attend, Earnest was noncommittal.
"I don't know whether or not there will be administration -- Obama administration staffers in the room as the arguments are being held," he said. "But it -- this certainly is an issue that the president has followed carefully. You know, there have been briefs that have been filed in the case from the Department of Justice representing the Obama administration's legal position on these issues."