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Obama Press Conference: Ladies Only

President Obama during his press conference Friday called only on women reporters. Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on CNN that this was probably planned in advance and that it was a good idea.

I’m not sure, in the annals of the struggle for women’s rights, that this is exactly the most courageous act or the most significant, given the prevalence of women within journalism, at least at the reporter level. Maybe he just thought they would ask the best questions.

I can only, regrettably, say, its a good thing he didn’t decide to only call on African Americans.

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73 Responses to Obama Press Conference: Ladies Only

    • I see two more. One is a woman in a maroon cardigan in the upper right of the photograph and another is a woman in a black top in the upper left.

        • Yes, Jon Karl is better than Major, I think. Major was stronger when he worked for Fox….I expect CNN reigns him in.
          Ed Henry really is a bulldog at keeping on digging. Gosh Earnest can’t stand him.
          Ed was very gracious last night about no men or major news outlets being called on….Obama probably hoped he would complain.
          I think Fox is grooming him for anther step up at some point. He is filling in for Bret Baier through the holidays.
          Also, Fox is having some retirements, Wendell Goler and Jim Angle, both of whom are really good.

          • O’Reilly really gives Rosen “some jazz,” as he puts it–the other nite, karma was mentioned and Rosen quipped that Bill would be in for some some–and Bill said oh, no, he was a good guy–adding this would be Rosen’s last appearance…Bill did laugh, though. Those two are a stitch.

          • Bill was also shocked and aggrieved that he was only No 10 on the Most Annoying People on Cable list–even Dr Phil was worse. He wanted to be No 1, he sniveled. I dunno–maybe it’s me, but Bill can be amusing at times… He has a big ego but also a sense of humor and even of the absurd.

          • I agree.
            James Rosen is one of my favorites…his sense of humor is so dry…I think he does stand-up comedy occasionally…maybe just for fun.

  1. A distraction gimmick like so many of his presidential actions. Presidents with help from the media promote distractions to take the public’s mind off serious issue. Then the Grubers can step in and claim how stupid we Americans are. Obama isn’t the first. I can at least trace the pattern back to Bush Sr. and his preference for pork rinds over broccoli, but maybe someone can remember even further back.

  2. After I heard that it was Earnest’s idea it became clearer that it was just a “change the narrative” cover for the petulant child to payback the networks for refusing to interrupt their prime-time show schedules to broadcast his illegal immigrant power grab decree.
    I could care less if they were all women reporters, my problem was that half of them asked questions not even worthy of a 6th grade facebook “journalist”.

  3. Actually, Obama did only call on an African American (lady) for his final question, which — as I recall — was after what he said would be his last question.

    April was kind enough to magically come up with a question which enabled POTUS to pontificate on how America keeps beating up on his people. Looking back, the same type of “extra” question enabled Obama to spout off about Skip Gates and Trayvon Martin (although he claims to have a history of NOT commenting on such cases).

    Michelle isn’t the only one in the White House with expertise in plants.

    • If I had been there not that would be a war on women and I would
      find it insulting, and demeaniing not funny. Boy am I grumpy. Good old Daily Mail has great pictures of the family leaving and then arriving in Hawaii boy those two girls looked like 2 spoiled
      brats grumpy looks. The entire family needs to go to a ‘finishing’
      school for a few simple manners lessons. If somebody was paying for me to spend 3 weeks in Hawaii I could dredge up a
      faux smile.

  4. To the current crew in the WH, we are all just demographics- male or female, liberal or conservative, jew or gentile, straight or gay, etc…

    Slicing and dicing the population into categories with silly stunts like this does nothing to bring us together.