Both were big enough threats that Obama felt compelled to confront them face-to-face.
For the national-security reporter, there really is no substitute for the face-to-face meeting.
When you were face-to-face with Mr. Davis when he was standing up, could you describe what his face looked like?
Of course, in the South, face-to-face interactions are almost always pleasant, even if people gossip behind your back.
Scher set up a face-to-face meeting with John Edwards on September 18 at the Regency Hotel in New York City.
It had seemed that everything stood in the way of his meeting this man, and now at last they were face-to-face.
What fierce, face-to-face wrestlings with grief and remorse were hers!
He never had killed one of his kind in a face-to-face battle in all his bloody days.
Any face-to-face meeting is no more than a pleasantry, a formal introduction.
You're wondering what the first face-to-face meeting's going to be like.