At issue is whether the president has an obligation to take questions on a regular basis from the group of reporters that cover him daily. The reporters say yes. The White House says, well, we choose to do that differently.

President Obama has not held a full news conference at the White House since July 22, the night he said that the Cambridge Police “acted stupidly” in the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates.

Since then, the president has delivered dozens of speeches and taken a few questions from reporters while with world leaders on foreign trips. But, lately, it is rare for him to take questions from the media at events or meetings at the White House…

“I think the last time … we talked about the president’s media schedule, and here you all, to a person, reminded me of our dramatic overexposure,” Gibbs said.