February 9th, 2009
09:13 PM ET
9 years ago

First presidential press conference, by the numbers


Watch Pres. Obama's entire first prime-time press conference.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama's opening statement was around eight minutes in length. The question and answer session lasted another 51 minutes. President Obama took questions from 13 different reporters, including CNN's Ed Henry.

Watch: Pres. Obama's first prime-time presser

Here's the order of questions:

NY Times
Washington Post
Huffington Post
Helen Thomas

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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Common Sense

    The press considers themselves the Fourth Branch of Government but President Obama makes it clear that the buck stops with him. After 8 years of George Bush blaming others for the crises that happened "on his watch", it feels good that the president is willing to be responsible for the path of the nation.

    I support my President.

    February 10, 2009 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  2. Kyle, MA

    I think this president is so cool. He will not be punked by anyone. He's brilliant.

    February 10, 2009 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  3. Slider

    I found the questions asked by the press corp from Washington to have something in common with the average Progressive's method of discourse about vital issues facing this country...

    Incoherent ramblings; incohesive focus, and failure to have any meaningful substance whatsoever.

    We're in trouble, and it starts with the supposed guardians and watchdogs of our government.

    I honestly don't know how these "journalists" got where they are today because it sure wasn't based on any skillset I've ever seen.

    February 10, 2009 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  4. chat

    I like NPR's reporter's question. She asked a real one.
    Wish all the reporters be fair and establish their credibility
    to journalism.

    February 10, 2009 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  5. Samantha Stein

    It was great to see the Left Blogosphere included!

    February 10, 2009 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  6. Cathy Kraus

    The press confrence was a snore. Answers too long and questions sometimes not answered. I was disappointed in his comments related to Joe Biden. He needs to be careful..he is getting as windy as

    I for one want to see what is in the bill kust a list of each item along with a price tag and I also want someone to define ear mark vs. pork


    February 10, 2009 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  7. Michael J,

    Why was the Huffington Post allowed to ask a question?

    February 10, 2009 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  8. tommy mack

    It's refreshing to have a lot of press conferences from our president. Then again, it's nice to hear complete sentences.

    February 10, 2009 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  9. Donna

    What a breath of fresh air – a President who talks to us like we're capable of understanding issues and considering solutions. It's been so long since a politician treated us like we have brains.

    February 10, 2009 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. john in chicago

    Aww, seems the reich wingers got the sadoes cuz Jeff Gannon wasn't called on... Lmao

    February 10, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
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