How long has it been since Barack Obama answered a serious question from the White House press corps? Keith Koffler counts the days … and counts … and counts:
The last substantive question Obama took from a White House reporter was during a June 20 press conference following the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. Obama allowed only six questions during the event, which was nearly guaranteed to keep him out of political hot water as the focus was on foreign policy.
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.
Matt Lewis has figured out how to get Obama to take a question — pay for an answer:
While he might be dodging the press, Obama has been much more willing to take questions from donors at campaign fundraising events. In fact, I count at least half a dozen examples in the last month (here, here, here, here, here, and here) where he has uttered some version of “I want to spend most of my time in a conversation answering your questions.”
That may be a little unfair. After all, the President does spend every waking minute worrying about our economy and job creation, doesn’t he?
It’s worth noting that while President Obama had too much “on his plate” to meet with his jobs council — or take questions from the press corps — he did have time for another round of 18 holes this weekend.
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