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Obama Abolishes the Press Conference

President Obama has held just one full length, multi-topic, solo press conference in the last six months, effectively abolishing the most accessible venue for American citizens to observe the thinking and learn the views of their leader.

It’s May, and the president has stood for only a single such news conference this year, a March 6 event in the briefing room. He’s had only three since last June, counting a November press conference in Hawaii that was supposed to be devoted to the just-held Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit but which veered off into other issues.

Nor does Obama generally allow questioning during brief appearances at the White House, such as when he makes statements with foreign leaders. Previous presidents, including George W. Bush, routinely took a couple of questions on the topic of the day at such gatherings.

Obama doing what he loves best at a press conference.

Bush also held fewer press conferences than he should have. But this doesn’t excuse Obama, who would seem especially obligated to appear before the press given his pledges to maintain an “openness” administration.

Instead, the White House does its best to control access to Obama, presenting him to local and sometimes national reporters in “one-on-one” settings.

While these sessions occasionally do make news, they are poor substitute for formal press conferences. The local reporters are often not as well versed in the subtleties of national and international news as White House reporters and are more likely to be intimidated when suddenly finding themselves sitting in the White House interviewing the president.

And whether local or national reporters, those granted one-on-one interviews often aren’t given much time to probe – particularly with Obama’s longish answers – and so are incentivized to stick to their few prepared questions and “get them in” before time runs out. And a special invitation to interview the president is such a coveted coup for any news organization that there is enormous incentive to tread lightly for fear of never being invited back again while watching your competitors be welcomed instead.

And of course, the audience for each of these sessions is limited.

Press conferences are extraordinarily important for several reasons. A number of questions are asked on different topics. The pressure of being on national TV forces the president to explain his thinking. The public gets to actually see the president think and understand how he comes to his conclusions, an invaluable public service.

What’s more, the prospect of a press conference forces the White House to think through its own views. Everybody in the West Wing, including the president, has to stop and consider just what they are doing and why. Often the agencies are mined for answers about current policies so that White House aides can prepare the president, giving the West Wing valuable feedback about what’s going on.

Of course, Obama has switched almost fully from governing to campaigning. So maybe the need for a West Wing gut check has declined, since policy is mostly being made not in Washington but in Chicago. The home, of course, of the Obama 2012 campaign.

659 Responses to Obama Abolishes the Press Conference

  1. He knows he has been a total failure regarding his promises. His only hope is a constant screed of blaming someone else and demonizing anyone who disagrees with him. He is hiding in his hole.

  2. It’s always easier to talk about what you are going to do than to explain what you have already done. With every passing day Obama becomes more loth to talk.

  3. He is basically a kid. He cannot handle true questioning. That is why his appearances are all with TOTUS and screened audiences. Were he ever, ever, to be caught in a true crossfire of questions from a probing press doing its job (to say nothing of a hostile press) he would melt down right there on the spot and morph into something the American people would not believe. He is a fraud in every sense of the word.

  4. He appears to know the clock is ticking on what is being revealed on the fraudulent 2008 campaign. The less he opens himself to press conferences, the safer he probably believes he can protect himself from being asked questions detrimental to whatever things he doesn’t want disclosed.

    It was Hilary’s camp that started the first legal cases against Obama’s eligibility two weeks after the 2008 DNC convention. Hilary knew Obama was ineligible. That’s why, as the beltway-insider, she yanked him into an intentionally uncomfortable 6-person Senate committee to dig through McCain’s eligibility. Hilary probably planned to select Obama as her VP choice and surge to a clear victory with a stunning ticket; however, when Obama’s own campaign for the WH overtook Mrs. Clinton’s, thermo-nuclear war probably began between Dean, Soros, and the Clintons. Two weeks before the election, even Wolf on CNN said “If Obama is found ineligible, can Hilary win on a 2-week run?” The heat was on all the way to the end.
    Reid and Pelosi were reluctant on Obama as the Dem candidate and knew joining on the Obama bandwagon could end in prison like Colson got after Watergate. That’s why Pelosi distanced herself as best she could by not certifying, at least for Hawaii, that Obama was Constitutionally eligible. She knew he wasn’t.

    Yes Bush and Cheney most likely knew Obama was ineligible, so did Governor Lingle, so did Howard Dean, so did Aunt Bea and Andy Griffith. Everyone had to bend for two reasons: too many secrets, and to avoid national and international race and religious riots.

    For crying out loud, Howard Dean created the largest super majority in a half century and then just a few days after the 2008 election resigns as DNC chair. Why? Answer: Separation. Space. Distance. From what? Ending up like those tangled up in Watergate. Even Blago got his foot tangled in the 2008 grab-bag net.

    The bottom-line: Hawaii cannot produce the original piece of microfilm that has the Nordyke twins’ full birth certs and Obama’s connected to it. Obama’s never existed. Everyone knows this to be true.

    That’s why in 2008 the Hawaii Democratic Party Chair Brian Schatz wouldn’t certify Obama as Constitutionally eligible as the Hawaii Dem Party did for Gore in 2000 and for Kerry in 2004. Like many others, to create some legal separation and distance from what was becoming a sticky problem, Brian only cited the DNC Convention guidelines rather than the Constitution regarding Obama’s eligibility to run on Hawaii’s ballot.

  5. I personally refuse to reinforce the status-quo this coming election. I will be supporting the genuine third-party candidate Rocky Anderson–he’s definitely worth researching! I became interested in his positions when I started researching what the other options are for President besides Obama and Romney. I encourage everyone who is interested in resurrecting our Constitutional liberties to push Rocky into first place at

    • While your intentions may be admirable in your own eyes…

      It’s people like you that will get the incompetent idiot, Obama, put back into office to further DESTROY the economy and the entire nation.

      This year (if you have any common sense) you will not for “For” anyone, but instead you’ll have the wisdom to vote “AGAINST” Obama.

      • Agree! Those that have strong beliefs in their Third Party Candidates need to realize that if enough of them vote for those candidates that don’t have a chance of a snowball in xxxx of winning, it will ensure Oblamer a second term and we will ALL have to suffer for it. I’m not voting FOR Romney; I’m voting AGAINST Oblamer!

  6. Not that I really care to hear him continuously lie or listen to his narcissistic rheteric, but he should have to explain his poor decision making.

  7. I have “High Cheek Bones” therefore I am “Native American”. I for one am glad that he has not had more lyingconfrences . Your so called “Journalist” friends are not capable of asking the hard question.They voted for him. Did you vote for the ” ONE “.

  8. DUH!!!
    Because he cannot speak with any intelligence off the top of his head. aaaaaa……….well……………er………..
    He must have a teleprompter.!
    Someone else must formulate his thoughts.
    His only talent is his delivery of FORMULATED thoughts and LIES!!
    He cannot run the Country however, he can run his formulated mouth.
    Therefore NO PRESS CONFERENCES for MR. CELLOPHANE . Oh Sorry , Mr. Transparency!!!

  9. Hussein Obama does not like questions because he has no answers. He was never qualified for the position in the first place. He could have covered up his lack of experience by hiring some advisers that do know what he’s supposed to know but, he chose instead to employ a cadre of leftist morons that are as dumb as he is.

  10. Next he’ll just do like Hitler, any number of former Soviet premiers or Bana-Republic South American despots and just step out in front of adoring crowds form a stage or balcony to make his latest Marxist proclamations and edicts. All with the backdrop of rigorous chants of “Forward”, “Yes We Can”, “Hope and Change” or whatever mindless slogan his sycophantic moron followers are brainwashed into chanting. And the “media” will simply gush with praise as they wet their pants.
    God help us!

  11. The American people are not allowed to know anything about this non-leader other than what he selectively ‘allows’ us to know. His records are sealed, he won’t take unrehearsed questions and he promised ‘transparency’! One more reason to not vote for the untruthful narcissist in November. He’s again ‘promising’ to help Hispanics (his special interest group de jour) and blames Repubs because he couldn’t do it when he had the majority in all 3 branches for his first 2 years. The lying promises continue: “If only you give me 4 more years I’ll .. (insert your wish). I hope the voters have learned their lesson and aren’t stupid (or racist) enough to vote for this disaster again.

  12. “…the most accessible venue for American citizens to observe the thinking and learn the views of their leader.”

    “their leader”……NOW THAT’S FUNNY!

    • To your point, he is not my president. We do not have a current president. We have a fraud occupying the WH. That’s it. A fraud. He knows it. He knows a lot of us know it. Karma is heading his way for a visit.

  13. Can’t remember if the March 6th press conference was staged for the algae king to weigh in on the War on Women or to start the Race War? Oh well whatever the occasion, many in the press have become his own little Pravda…fellow travelers who act as stenographers and loyally tote the party line. These members of the free press long ago surrendered their liberty to the totalitarians and became their enablers in the transformation of America.

  14. No need we see his big eared lying mug every few minutes on TV anyway. It impresses me so much I change channels or mute it until he disappears.

  15. Obama holds back and never tells what he really thinks and wants. All we get is what he “feels”; for, emotions are hard to cover up, even for one so “cool” a persona in his public appearances. One-man dictator, socializing all he can, ah… if you only knew!

  16. This is shocking, how? What did the press expect? Even this “negative” article sounds like the press saying “Dear leader we miss you!!” The one will be here for four more years, it is a fact. If the One was at all worried he would have actually tried to do something outside of a pre-planned agenda.

  17. When has obama EVER been in “governing” mode? He was a one-term, mostly-absent senator, using that appointment to launch a presidential campaign, then he wins (albeit thru questionable and shady tactics), plays golf and goes on vacations, and now he’s in “campaign mode” again….

  18. He can’t do free-ranging press conferences because his ignorance will be patently obvious. Some of his biggest mistakes have come during press conferences where he blunders into some issue or says something insulting. His staff is very smart to hide him so their friends in the media can maintain the illusion that things are going well.

  19. Those so-called reporters in one-on-one settings aren’t intimidated! They want to ask the easy questions. Surprised you don’t realize that. Obama is accountable to none.

  20. People relax and try to understand how time consuming it is to set up and tear down President OVOMIT’S TelePrompTers. The savings to our tax payer’s not to do that is hugh.

  21. Well nothing new here. He knows that every time he holds a conference he has to be able to answer questions with out any or much control and teleprompters are not available to do his talking points. When this happens, he tends to make elaborate answers that later shows he does not know what he is talking about or they are outright lies. So what are his options…Just don`t have them.

  22. I have never seen any press conference or interview with the president which I believed to be anything other than rehearsed, overproduced propaganda.
    So I, for one, will not miss them.
    There is one final interrogation, though, out of which no one will weasel.

  23. It doesn’t matter, he isn’t going to say anything that is true. Who cares about getting spun by Obama’s teleprompter? He is a lying dictator and he has most of the media in his pocket. So, what’s to worry about, if you are him? All you have to do is convince enough voters. He’s already got the black vote, the dead vote, the fraud vote and the handout vote. This is more truth than you have heard from any source in 3 1/2 years.

  24. It’s simple. Barry’s only capable of reading prepared answers off a teleprompter. He can’t answer off-the-cuff due to a lack of intelligence.