Obama goes seven weeks without White House press conference

posted at 11:21 am on August 7, 2012 by Rob Bluey

Reporters ridiculed Mitt Romney on his recent foreign trip for not making himself more available for questions. Even though Romney held one press availability in London, journalists complained they “didn’t come all the way here to handle photo ops.”

President Obama, meanwhile, last faced questions from the White House press corps on June 20 at the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. That means he’s now gone seven weeks without answering a serious question from journalists, according to veteran White House reporter Keith Koffler.

This, of course, is nothing new. Jake Tapper of ABC News reported earlier this year that “Obama talks to the White House press corps far fewer than his predecessors,” preferring instead to do sit-down interviews arranged by the White House. Even when he does engage with the press, Obama takes fewer questions than his predecessors.

The press briefing in Mexico, for example, featured only six questions. Since then, reporters have tried to probe the president about current events. They’ve had little success, as Koffler notes:

Since then, Obama has held no press conferences, given no interviews to White House reporters, and taken no questions at the White House events he has held where reporters have been present.

After a July 26 Cabinet meeting, Obama actually laughed off the prospect of taking a serious question about gun laws.

During his re-election campaign in 2004, President George W. Bush faced criticism for failing to answer reporters’ questions. Obama, so far, appears to have escaped the same ridicule.

Koffler wonders why reporters aren’t raising a stink:

Obama’s silencing of the White House press corps has drawn no similar protest.

To the contrary, Daily Caller White House reporter Neil Munro was derided by his colleagues when he interrupted Obama’s remarks in the Rose Garden June 15 to try to ask about immigration. Munro said he thought Obama had finished.

It turns out that was one of the last questions any White House reporter has asked the president.

Obama, of course, has done some select interviews where he’s faced mostly softball questions. He joined first lady Michelle on “CBS This Morning” with anchor Charlie Rose in July. That appears to be Obama’s preferred approach. In his first term, he’s given more interviews than his predecessors.

Rob Bluey directs the Center for Media and Public Policy, an investigative journalism operation at The Heritage Foundation. Follow him on Twitter: @RobertBluey


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Obama up to 49% approval in today’s Rasmussen.

You can tell Romney is in trouble with the amount of pointless blog entries today. The only thing that matters is who’s winning and that’s Obama.

gumbyandpokey on August 7, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Valerie Jarrett prefers him in a very controlled environment. Everyone has seen what happens when he speaks extemporaneously.

ButterflyDragon on August 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM

In other news, an order for a large shipment of kneepads was placed by the White House, to be distributed among the media. “We care about their health,” says David Axelrod, Obama’s chief sidekick, “and want them to service us with renewed dedication and vigor.”

Archivarix on August 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Just as well. All we would see is a bunch of hacks licking his toes.

Hummer53 on August 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM

If Romney doesn’t get with it and unleash the dragon, I fear that Gumby’s remarks may be apt.

Perhaps this should be the blueprint:
http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/obama%E2%80%99s-college-classmate-the-obama-scandal-is-at-columbia/

preallocated on August 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Hard to get to a press conference when you are busy travelling between fund raisers and the golf course.

You know, when you shut down an entire resort area for a day, that takes planning and time.

ProfShadow on August 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Without TOTUS, he reveals himself…every thime.

kingsjester on August 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM

No one asks him anything at his 24/7 fundraising stops? Is he going to just talk to the American people with commercials and Axelrod and Gibbs as surrogates? I bet he’ll try to get out of debates too, with some manufactured crisis.

Night Owl on August 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Obama’s staff is obviously busy writing the script for the next “interview”.

GarandFan on August 7, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Had Bush gone 7 weeks without a press conference, or only answered one shouted out question, the press would have been merciless in their criticism of him.

Instead with Obama they are content to take dictation from his lackeys and on the off chance that a lackey conveys something unpopular, the lackey is merely dismissed as not speaking for the President.

jpmn on August 7, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Obama up to 49% approval in today’s Rasmussen.

You can tell Romney is in trouble with the amount of pointless blog entries today. The only thing that matters is who’s winning and that’s Obama.

gumbyandpokey on August 7, 2012 at 11:24 AM

As opposed to pointless thread posts like every single one of yours?

Doughboy on August 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM

If Romney doesn’t get with it and unleash the dragon, I fear that Gumby’s remarks may be apt.

Perhaps this should be the blueprint:
http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/obama%E2%80%99s-college-classmate-the-obama-scandal-is-at-columbia/

preallocated on August 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Wayne Allen Root was just on Glenn Beck. He said that he has spoken to someone from Breitbart who is in Indonesia right now, looking at proof that Obama was an Indonesian citizen in order to go to whatever school he went to there, and that he became an Indonesian citizen when that Sotero guy adopted him. Root thinks that Obama used that Indonesian citizenship to get into college here as a foreign exchange student, since Obama didn’t have the grades or the money to enter school without going that route. Is any of this true? I’m not certain, but I did hear it from a guy.

Night Owl on August 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Well I know why there have been no press conference’s He’s meeting with his jobs council, like a laser ya-know, uh no…… Oh ya its campaign season, gotta make up new lies daily ……..

angrymike on August 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Is Hot Gas lowering its standards? Ten comments and the post moves into Top Picks?

NotCoach on August 7, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Wayne Allen Root was just on Glenn Beck. He said that he has spoken to someone from Breitbart who is in Indonesia right now, looking at proof that Obama was an Indonesian citizen in order to go to whatever school he went to there, and that he became an Indonesian citizen when that Sotero guy adopted him. Root thinks that Obama used that Indonesian citizenship to get into college here as a foreign exchange student, since Obama didn’t have the grades or the money to enter school without going that route. Is any of this true? I’m not certain, but I did hear it from a guy.

Night Owl on August 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Well by Harry Reid’s standards, it’s true and Obama must explain himself.

In all seriousness, I’ve heard this theory before and it does seem to make sense. I can’t understand why else the man would keep all of his records under lock and key.

Doughboy on August 7, 2012 at 11:44 AM

“Wayne Allen Root was just on Glenn Beck. He said that he has spoken to someone from Breitbart who is in Indonesia right now, looking at proof that Obama was an Indonesian citizen in order to go to whatever school he went to there, and that he became an Indonesian citizen when that Sotero guy adopted him. Root thinks that Obama used that Indonesian citizenship to get into college here as a foreign exchange student, since Obama didn’t have the grades or the money to enter school without going that route. Is any of this true? I’m not certain, but I did hear it from a guy.”

Yep, Obama is winning.

When a campaign takes on water, desperate nonsense like this comes up.

When we look back on it, Obama’s massive early spending coupled with Reid’s hammering Romney won him the election.

It really was Bob Dole 96 all over again.

gumbyandpokey on August 7, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Do you really want to hear him speak?
I am reviled at the sight of his countenance and the sound of his voice.
On the other hand, it would be nice for him to reveal himself some more. The boy king is shielded from scrutiny.

freedomfirst on August 7, 2012 at 11:45 AM

gumbyandpokey on August 7, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Yeah, because I represent the Romney campaign here at Hot Air! I’ve asked you numerous times who you are supporting for President, would you care to answer me today?

Night Owl on August 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM

When we look back on it, Obama’s massive early spending coupled with Reid’s hammering Romney won him the election.

gumbyandpokey on August 7, 2012 at 11:44 AM

If anything will win Obama this election, it will be his Dept of (in)Justice interference on behalf of voting fraudsters and his lapdog posse in the MSM. His early spending – I assume you refer to his political ads, not his bailouts and porkulus spree – didn’t budge the arrow. As for Reid’s “hammering”, it did not affect anyone except the boys involved – or so my anonymous source told me.

Archivarix on August 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Well by Harry Reid’s standards, it’s true and Obama must explain himself.

In all seriousness, I’ve heard this theory before and it does seem to make sense. I can’t understand why else the man would keep all of his records under lock and key.

Doughboy on August 7, 2012 at 11:44 AM

In my best Gibbs voice: “Yeah, have you ever seen anyone refuse to release information when they aren’t trying to hide something?”

Night Owl on August 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Do you really want to hear him speak?
I am reviled at the sight of his countenance and the sound of his voice.
On the other hand, it would be nice for him to reveal himself some more. The boy king is shielded from scrutiny.

freedomfirst on August 7, 2012 at 11:45 AM

You make a good point there- LOL I have been muting that moron for four years now.

Night Owl on August 7, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I blame the WH press corps….
Spineless for dear leader and absolute vultures at gop folk

cmsinaz on August 7, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Yep, Obama is winning.

When a campaign takes on water, desperate nonsense like this comes up.

gumbyandpokey on August 7, 2012 at 11:44 AM

You mean like lying about Romney not paying taxes for 10 years or accusing Romney of being complicit in a woman’s death from cancer or insinuating that Romney wants to take away contraception from women? And that’s all within the last few days. But I’m sure that’s not “desperate nonsense” from the Obama campaign, right?

Doughboy on August 7, 2012 at 11:54 AM

I’m not certain Bob Dole had the funding advantage that Romney appears to be poised to hold after the convention.

’08 was like ’96 for the GOP in terms of tenacity and spirit, that is lack of them, in pursuit of the White House.

I’m hoping ’12 is a lot like ’80 when the nation was gripped in palpable malaise and eager to correct a big effin’ mistake.

I hope Romney doesn’t expect to coast into the presidency. Even though many would vote for a ham sandwich over 0bama, they would also like that ham sandwich to act like it wanted to win!

freedomfirst on August 7, 2012 at 11:54 AM

gumbyandpokey on August 7, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I can smell the prog fear sweat from here. They know what’s coming when Mitt gets to start spending all that nice cash reserve. Won’t be long now.

a capella on August 7, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Asking Obama questions is racist.

Bitter Clinger on August 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Barry Soetoro is a foreigner, right? (foreign student – Columbia) Cut him some slack, he is not comfortable with our native language. (Neither was GW Bush, but he had no excuse).

steveracer on August 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM

gumbyandpokey on August 7, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Hang in there, moby. Maybe Bark will bring you on as an intern in his next gig at the UN.

Bishop on August 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM

WHAT ABOUT THE GAFFES???

jawbone on August 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM

When a campaign takes on water, desperate nonsense like this comes up.

gumbyandpokey on August 7, 2012 at 11:44 AM

You mean like Harry Reid’s BS?
You mean like Julia?
You mean like Anne Romney’s horse?
You mean like Bain Capital?

CurtZHP on August 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM

When we look back on it, Obama’s massive early spending coupled with Reid’s hammering Romney won him the election.

It really was Bob Dole 96 all over again.

gumbyandpokey on August 7, 2012 at 11:44 AM

$100 million in negative ads, and Obama’s job approval ratings are the same in Ohio and Pennsylvania as they are in Mississippi.

Barack Obama is certainly no Bill Clinton, nor does he have Bill Clinton’s economic recovery to run on.

He’s running TV ads in Pennsylvania right now. Does that sound like he thinks he is winning?

rockmom on August 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Hey, Weinstein, the oaf, called him the “Newman of all the presidents”. One oaf likes the other.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Obama – the faux-to op pResident.

VietVet_Dave on August 7, 2012 at 11:59 AM

It is odd to see these journalists limiting or even destroying their own careers to serve a con man.

forest on August 7, 2012 at 12:00 PM

In his first only term, he’s given more interviews than his predecessors

Fixed

tommer74 on August 7, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Hey, Weinstein, the oaf, called him the “Newman of all the presidents”. One oaf likes the other.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2012 at 11:59 AM

What if he was referring to Alfred E.? Sounds like a better comparison if you ask me.
;-)

VietVet_Dave on August 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Obama up to 49% approval in today’s Rasmussen.

You can tell Romney is in trouble with the amount of pointless blog entries today. The only thing that matters is who’s winning and that’s Obama.

gumbyandpokey on August 7, 2012 at 11:24 AM

The polls starting moving south for Romney as of Friday after he started to diss the base (and Dem leaning independents) by refraining from supporting Chick Fil A. The problem is that with an evaporation of the base’s enthusiasm, this is going to rub off on the wider electorate. And the sense that Romney is in fact just a vapid issue skirting opportunist was sadly reinforced by the Chick Fil A move.
Romney needs to rethink his (apparent) support of gay marriage. I know, people can say that Romney said he was for traditional marriage, but so did O, and Romney’s quick dry presentation of that position isn’t believable. He needs to take a strong(er) position on gay marriage to win the critical Dem leaning (now, per Rasmussen) independents that will decide the race; these normally Dem voters won’t make the leap to Romney on the gay issue unless Romney appears trustworthy and engaged about it. Plus, as I said, the base is dissed. This is a no-win for Romney.

anotherJoe on August 7, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Barry can hide in that cocooned environment until the debates and then been shown what a SCOAMF he is.

bayview on August 7, 2012 at 12:07 PM

It turns out that was one of the last questions any White House reporter has asked the president.

To which he didn’t get an answer- just an angry Obama virtually screaming that pandering to illegals was “the right thing to do.” I wonder if all those Americans unable to find meaningful employment because their jobs were given away to illegals have the same view.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Obama’s handlers know that the fewer times he speaks and is seen, the less chance there is for him to say completely honest but overwhelmingly telling statements like “You didn’t build that” and “I’ve been to 57 states already. One more to go.”
The guy is an utter fool and the 52% of voters who elected him in November 2008 really show proof positive why an intelligence test is needed to vote.

smfic on August 7, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Take a look at Drudge. I KNEW Romney was going to try to burnish the foreign policy credentials with his VP pick. Barack is shitting his pants.

Rational Thought on August 7, 2012 at 12:13 PM

He’s running TV ads in Pennsylvania right now. Does that sound like he thinks he is winning?

rockmom on August 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM

If I were facing the prospect of having to explain to Mooch that the taxpayer-paid lifestyle is coming to an end, I would move heaven and earth to ensure a win too! It is not going to be pretty when that vile woman finds herself flying commercial again. Even First Class doesn’t compare to a personal staff fetching and pampering.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Lets see… at the top of the list for independents pivoting… entry #1…

Romney needs to rethink his (apparent) support of gay marriage. This is a no-win for Romney.

anotherJoe on August 7, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Or entry #2…

I wonder if all those Americans unable to find meaningful employment because their jobs were given away to illegals have the same view.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Every time it comes up for popular vote, haven’t about 30 states turned it down? Not even on the radar.

VietVet_Dave on August 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Rational Thought on August 7, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Yeah but DP is not going to do anything to shore up Romney’s support from conservatives. He’s a brilliant strategist and has a sterling reputation (not a boring white guy) but he’s more in the mold of Colin Powell than anything else and look how that turned out.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Yeah, but imagine what he knows about this administration…

And, whatever the case is, barack just shot his own director of the CIA in the face. It makes it look like his whole administration is falling down around him. Makes me think there are things Petraeus knows that scare the holy hell out of barack for him to screw one of his own directors like this. How can Petraeus not resign?

Rational Thought on August 7, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Transparency yup……

crosshugger on August 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Still early in the race…
Wait until the Conventions start…

albill on August 7, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Teleprompter dependence. Fear of the unknown. Traits we all admire in our leaders.

a capella on August 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM

But you see, then the WH journ-o-lists would have to think up questions and all. That’s not fair to most of them.

Akzed on August 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM

The reason Obama hasn’t taken a question from the press in nearly two months its obvious. Every time he goes off teleprompter… and speaks in his own right… he says something that is disastrous to his own campaign.

His handlers have tried to mitigate the damage that Obama does when he speaks candidly by not allowing him to speak without a script.

“You didn’t build that.” He spoke his own political epitaph.

thatsafactjack on August 7, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Mr. President, what about your gas?

gaius on August 7, 2012 at 12:36 PM

The reason Obama hasn’t taken a question from the press in nearly two months its obvious. Every time he goes off teleprompter… and speaks in his own right… he says something that is disastrous to his own campaign.

His handlers have tried to mitigate the damage that Obama does when he speaks candidly by not allowing him to speak without a script.

“You didn’t build that.” He spoke his own political epitaph.

thatsafactjack on August 7, 2012 at 12:34 PM

That’s because he hates Romney so much, probably because Romney had a father who loved him, is a father who loves his own sons, but that hatred, that envy, makes barack all stoopid and shit.

Rational Thought on August 7, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Obama up to 49% approval in today’s Rasmussen.
 
gumbyandpokey on August 7, 2012 at 11:24 AM

 
49% is great. That’s nearly half (unless you’re lester), and certainly something to be proud of.
 
Say, have the (R)s announced their nominee yet?

rogerb on August 7, 2012 at 12:38 PM

We can’t hold the Light Bringer to the standards of others…it just wouldn’t be fair.

d1carter on August 7, 2012 at 12:48 PM

… he’s now gone seven weeks without answering a serious question from journalists…

I’m sorry.
When has he EVER had a ‘journalist’ ask him a serious question?

Dexter_Alarius on August 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM

The “reporters” are relieved. They don’t have to pretend they know what they’re doing, or come up with new softballs.

NotEasilyFooled on August 7, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Obama up to 49% approval in today’s Rasmussen.

The only thing that matters is who’s winning and that’s Obama.

daveyandgoliath on August 7, 2012 at 11:24 AM

A Leftist desperate enough to cite a Rasmussen Poll is funny enough.

But when that same Leftist claims that “approval” means the same thing as “winning the election” is even more hallucinogenic.

By the way, did you know that your childhood hero Art Clokey used Hal Smith for the voice of Goliath and the voice of Davey’s Dad? AKA Otis Campbell!

Del Dolemonte on August 7, 2012 at 2:15 PM

When we look back on it, Obama’s massive early spending coupled with Reid’s hammering Romney won him the election.

daveyandgoliath on August 7, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Keeper.

Del Dolemonte on August 7, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Why would he hold a press conference. He knows nothing about the presidency or the country. All he has time for is RUNNING for president, not being president. He does no press conferenc, does not meet with is jobs council, does not talk to Congress. He claims congress is a do nothing, how would he know? Why don’t you try staying in town and walk over and talk to them, not at them and not down to them, talk TO them. You might be surprised that you can attract more bees with sugar than with vinegar. Even if he did a press conference, he would preapprove the questions in advance and would only allow soft ball questions, because he is a wimp and not worthy of the office he has vacated.

j bo on August 7, 2012 at 3:18 PM

No questions for seven weeks. No answers for four years.

crosspatch on August 7, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Had Bush gone 7 weeks without a press conference, or only answered one shouted out question, the press would have been merciless in their criticism of him.

~jpmn

From the article you didn’t read, “President Bush will hold a news conference today (April 28, 2005) at 8:30 p.m. ET in the East Room of the White House, his first prime-time news conference since April 13, 2004.”

Mmm...Burritos on August 7, 2012 at 3:57 PM

The MSM knows what with all the campaign fund raisers and rounds of golf Obumbo just doesn’t have time for press conferences.

aposematic on August 7, 2012 at 6:43 PM

“Nothin’ on the air is better than a lot of nothin’.”

Learned this in 1962 at radio announcer school, and it’s still true.

Gordy on August 8, 2012 at 9:27 AM