Is Obama Avoiding the Press Corps?

January 12, 2010 at 6:49 pm 2 comments

Posted by Chip Reid

(CBS)  Of course he is. The fact that CBS is now seeming to get on to him means the honeymoon is over.  This guy can’t take the heat so he should get out of the kitchen. Random thoughts while observing the passing parade, J.C.

At the White House press briefing with Robert Gibbs Monday, the ever-blunt Helen Thomas kicked off a discussion of how long it’s been since President Obama has held a White House press conference. Here’s how it went:

THOMAS: When is the President going to hold a news conference? Not that you’re not adequate.

GIBBS: Well, I appreciate that. (Laughter.) Chip asked this question on Friday –

CHIP REID: Yes, but she’ll get an answer. (Laughter.)

GIBBS: Well, she is nicer than you, Chip. (Laughter.)

THOMAS: I mean, he’s gone an obscenely long time, not holding one.

GIBBS: I don’t see one on the schedule at least in the short term, which is precisely what I said –

THOMAS: Is he avoiding us?


Not avoiding us? Helen thinks the facts suggest otherwise – and she should know, given how long she’s been around this place. Maybe saying it’s been “obscenely” long overstates it, but it has been a very long time.

The last time the president held a prime-time White House press conference was July 22, 2009. That was his fifth. Even George W. Bush, no great fan of the White House press corps, held 55 White House press conferences over 8 years, for an average of 6.9 per year.n  Complete Story:

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. 1dragon  |  January 13, 2010 at 3:07 am

    YES, but maybe his teleprompter is broke.

  • 2. Patriot Watch  |  January 14, 2010 at 4:18 am

    Nice post. Helen is fired up lately. Ive never been real crazy about her but starting to lately


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