Obama Makes a Press Conference Cameo
Matt | On 10, Feb 2010
President Obama surprised the White House press corps on Tuesday with a visit to the daily briefing usually hosted by his press secretary.
Many traditional media outlets complained that Obama had not hosted a formal press conference since July 22. I thought about it, did some research, and yep, it’s been seven months. So, they got their late Christmas gift. But then I thought, WHO REALLY CARES?!?
The president receives a 24/7/365 verbal BEATING on FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, C-Span, Animal Planet, Tru TV, Food Network, every blog in the free world, and all forms of talk radio in Spanish and English. I’m not understanding where we are not seeing him enough?!
The press corps is just going to have to learn that Obama serves THE PEOPLE, not their headlines. I happen to think a YouTube Q&A is a very important “press conference.” I also think that him talking directly with lawmakers trumps him talking to reporters at every turn. And the clever exchange with Republican House members was really needed.
Trust me, the major media outlets are doing a FANTASTIC job of picking apart every single thing Barack does! They have soundbitten, graphed, charted, analyzed, hologrammed, pundited (is that a word?), predicted, and damn near read Obama’s palms on every issue from Kim Jong-Il to Bo (the dog). Now they want another 5-second clip to antagonize him over.
I hope they’re all happy now!