UPDATE: Obama will in fact have a press conference Friday. Below is the article as it originally appeared, before Obama let the cat out of the bag.
Speculation is growing that President Obama will hold a press conference Friday, the day before he leaves for Martha’s Vineyard, and give the press some reassurance that, gosh, he still cares.
Obama rarely takes questions from White House reporters anymore, in any venue. The last press conference he held was more than three months ago, on April 30.
His last three Q&A sessions seem almost designed to ridicule and diminish the White House press corps. After appearing for a substantive interview Wednesday evening with veteran jokester Jay Leno, Obama sat down the next day with Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff to field questions from homeowners.
Just days before, he granted an “interview” to some guy from Amazon Kindle.
It’s fair to say that if George W. Bush stiffed the press in this manner, there would be deep discussions throughout the media about a crisis of presidential opaqueness and the demise of the public’s right to know.
Meanwhile, reporters on a daily basis generally fail to dislodge much information from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney during the briefings.
But Obama may counter some of this narrative with an appearance Friday.
As The Hill noted this afternoon, Obama indicated during his George Zimmerman verdict appearance July 19 that he would “try to arrange a fuller press conference” in “the next couple of weeks.”
Time’s already up.