As you know, President Obama has pretty much abolished the press conference. The one he held November 14 was only the second, full-length formal news conference he has bestowed upon us all year.
I was there, and I took some pictures for you to give you a sense of what it’s like to be at a presidential news conference. It’s an unusual look inside an event that I imagine will get even closer to extinction as Obama’s second term wears on.
Here’s a view of the warmup. In what must be an excruciating task, the TV types must stand up in the room and pretend they’re just talking to their cameras, while their colleagues look on in amusement. Standing from left to right: Hans Nichols of Bloomberg, Ed Henry of Fox News, and Nancy Cordes of CBS.
Ed Henry’s producer appears to have whispered something nasty in his ear.
The Big Entrance
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney slips in and takes a place in the back.
The “photogs” get their shot.
My point of view.
Martha Washington keeps an eye on Obama.
Searching for words on the teleprompter during the opening statement.
As is the custom, the first question goes to the Associated Press. Ben Feller appears to show off by asking it with his eyes closed.
The view down the row.
Obama takes another question. Possibly annoyed.
I also took a little video on my iPhone to give you more of the feel.
And there you have it. The final press conference of 2012, I expect. For all we know, it may have to last us until 2014.
All photos Copyright 2012 by Keith Koffler