Open thread: Obama’s first press conference in five months

posted at 12:51 pm on November 14, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Just when was Barack Obama’s last open press conference, anyway?  You have to go all the way back to June of this year, nearly five months ago, to find the last time that the Leader of the Free World planned an event where the media could question him.  Obama ducked into a press briefing in August unannounced in order to take a couple of shots at Todd Akin and actually deigned to take a couple of questions, which prompted this legendary riposte from ABC’s Jake Tapper:

“Don’t be a stranger!”

Today, the stranger returns at 1:30 ET (or so), and Politico thinks that Obama will face “tough questions”:

This is not what the White House wanted for President Barack Obama’s first news conference of his second term.

He won’t be able to dwell much on his stronger-than-expected victory or even press his agenda for the next four years. Instead, he’ll be diverted by a Washington sex scandal.

The fallout from former CIA Director David Petraeus’s extramarital affair has spawned the type of sensational media feeding frenzy that Obama detests. But when he holds his first full-scale news conference in eight months Wednesday, Obama will have to explain how he plans to re-create his national security team, what he knows about the burgeoning scandal and why he didn’t get wind of it sooner.

That may well be what the press will ask, but those won’t be “tough” questions; they’ll be easily parried by claiming that he can’t comment on investigations into personal matters.  A tough question would focus on what happened in Benghazi before, during, and after the terrorist attack that sacked our consulate.  Politico’s list of seven questions only has one on that topic, the same number as they offer on marijuana.  No, I am not kidding.     Nor do I think Politico is off the mark here; we’re probably going to hear more about Petraeus than J. Christopher Stevens, the first Ambassador to die in the line of duty in 33 years, or the other three Americans who died trying to protect him and others in the terrorist attack.

We’ll see soon enough.  What questions would you like answered?  Feel free to offer them in the comments section.  If I can find a live embed code for the presser, I’ll update the post.


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