President Obama’s schedule Thursday is suspiciously empty, a possible sign that he will actually hold a press conference.
This would be a perfect moment to stage what would be only his second full, solo press conference of the year. He hates doing them, but there are many issues stirring that he may want to frame to his liking, and there’s nothing like a big White House bully pulpit to help him do it.
Obama’s announcement last week that he supports gay marriage was rolled out hastily following Vice President Biden’s decision to blurt out his own support. It’s sparked various conflagrations across the political spectrum, and Obama could use a press conference to try to douse some fires and maybe fuel some others.
The president has recently adopted the role of being serious about moving legislation through Congress this year, apparently coming to the conclusion his previously planned Do-Nothing Congress campaign could backfire into a perception that the country has a Do-Nothing President. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today actually commended Congress on some of the legislation it has passed this year. And so Obama could use a news conference to harangue Republicans about getting busy on the “To Do List” of items he has set out for them.
He’ll also want to respond to House Speaker John Boehner’s threat to block a debt ceiling increase unless Obama cuts spending.
And perhaps most crucially of all, with the Greek economy about to topple into the Aegean Sea and the G-8 ministers to gather in Washington Friday, Obama can use a presser to clarify U.S. positions ahead of what will be a crucial meeting for the world economy.
We should know by sometime tomorrow morning.