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While it’s never a guarantee that the press will get any juicy scoops during White House press conferences, Tom Hanks has made sure they get at least one thing: good coffee.

In keeping with his tradition of the last two administrations, reporters, photographers and cameramen arrived to their break room surprised by a new espresso machine courtesy of the Oscar-winning actor.

“To the White House Press Corps,” a note left by Hanks read. “Keep up the good fight for Truth, Justice, and the American Way. Especially for the Truth Part.”

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Hanks first treated the corps to his generosity during the Bush administration, when he visited the White House during a film shoot in Washington. Upon noticing the Fourth Estate was sustaining itself from vending machine coffee, Hanks quickly came to the rescue and purchased a brand new machine with instructions: “I hope this machine will make the 24 hour cycle of news a bit more pleasant. Add water, insert pod, press button and report. All good things. Tom Hanks.”

Upon a March 2010 visit to the White House for a screening of HBO’s “The Pacific” with Steven Spielberg, Hanks saw the machine to be in a state of disrepair. Or, at the very least, very dirty.

“You know, you are supposed to clean this after every use,” ABC News reported Hanks wrote in a second note.

So he sent them a replacement, this time a “super deluxe” version of the same machine, paired with a brand new espresso cup set.

At least one corps benefactor knows how to get good press.

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