President Obama will hold a news conference at 11:15 am this morning, the White House just announced. I will live stream it for you.
Announcing a press conference just a couple of hours before it hits is an old tactic of George W. Bush’s, giving the press a little less time to prepare and increasing the chances that the president can talk about what he wants.
And what he wants to talk about are immigration, gun control, and how he thinks the Republicans are going to destroy the country if they try to get Obama to be serious about cutting spending by refusing to raise the debt ceiling or by shutting down the government.
I give the president credit for what seems to be a new effort to answer to the press by holding news conferences. He held almost none before Election Day last year, hoping to control the message a much as possible, but this is the second East Room press conference he has staged since winning reelection. He won’t be quizzed as sharply as he should be, but at least the nation will get to see him answering questions.