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. jm

    he did much better than the moron bush

    February 9, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  2. Simmy

    My President answered every question with thougtfulness and tack. He displayed tremendous confidence and coolness. Very impressive.

    February 9, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  3. Don

    59 minutes of lies.

    February 9, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  4. voter

    some of the reporters kept asking the same questions as though they did not hear the president's response. get it together press core.

    February 9, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  5. Proud Democrat who is against this Stimulus

    CNN should start keeping a tab of how much money Americans are being asked to fork over.

    First Bail Out – $700 Billion
    Stimulus Plan -$800 Billion and climbing
    Second Bail Out – To be announced tomorrow

    How much money are Americans going to really owe?

    February 9, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. William Wirt

    They're all spineless talking heads... no one is speaking for those out of work, without health care...

    February 9, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  7. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    The press did a great job and asked pertinent questions. I give him a D. I thought he was still on the campaign trail and I was speaking through him. I was having dinner and choked on my food. Good job people.

    February 9, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  8. sharbau

    To those evaluating President Obama's press conference: Please quit complaining about President Obama giving "long answers." Some questions REQUIRE long answers (though of course, in reality, his answers were very brief considering the complexity of the issues). You - the media, the pundits - underestimate the ability of the American people to pay attention for more than a few seconds. I, for one, am so encouraged to listen to a president that exhibits an understanding of the issues, a willingness to base decisions on analysis and facts, and a reluctance to try to put every answer into a 5 second sound bite.

    February 9, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  9. John Walker

    Finally, some order to a press conference! Pres. Obama is articulate, thorough and thoughtful. More than I can say for the previous admin.
    Watch the move "Appolosa" with Ed Harris. It embodies the new administration and their determination to get the job done.
    "There is a new Sheriff in town"....get used to it.

    February 9, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. C. M. Drury

    I watched Pres. Obama's 1st News Conference with eager anticipation as to how he would respond to some tough questions on the economic crisis and foreign policy problems facing all of us now. He was outstanding, adept with his choice of words and explanations as to how and why he feels this stimulus package is immediately necessary and what he intends to do to move it forward. In no uncertain terms he descrbed the stalemate that many Republicans who have all the facts and should know that we must move ahead, but are dragging their feet like old school politics that caused the inaction and divisive "do nothing" era of the past. Pres. Obama is to be admired for his tough stance, his positive attitude, and his marvelous response to this first important media coverage. Congrats!
    My prayers and wholehearted support will be with him and those members of Congress who choose to support his efforts in this crisis.

    February 9, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  11. Paula

    That was the most painful "Press Conference" I have ever watched or plan on watching again...It is going to be a long 4 years....Japan...Come on Guys!

    February 9, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. rr

    Huffingtonpost, i dont feel left behide.

    February 9, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  13. Joe

    No questions from Jeff Gannon?
    Nothing from Clueless Joe Wurzelbacher?

    February 9, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  14. Nancy Porter

    president Obama did the job of selling his stimulus plan. His answers were thoughtful and convincing.

    February 9, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  15. David

    I wish one of the reporters had asked about the gas crisis. The reality is that last year after people received their stimulus checks, gas skyrocketed with basically the stimulus money going to either gas or the rising prices in consumer good due to the gas increases. Will that happen again? Will the benefits we are supposed to get to help the average American go into the pockets of the greedy? Gas is quickly increasing again at a time when the Americans simply can not afford for it to do so.

    February 9, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  16. CJ

    It was great! I welcome the info that I could understand and not have to listen to an idiot that could not speak, even my 3 year old grandaughter has a vocabulary better than Bush. Obama has a brain and that is a welcomed item. Bush should have never been a president, I sure did not want him and look at the mess he has left. I hope his grandkids will see what an idiot their grandfather was. New day!

    February 9, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  17. malclave

    Huffington Post, huh?

    Why didn't a conservative blog site get a question in there?

    February 9, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  18. Sher

    So what's your point?

    President Obama KNOWS what's going on because he actually talked & listened to millions of people! The media should try that sometime!

    February 9, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  19. Len Allgaier

    After 8 years of pre cooked sound bites written by Carl Rove, it is extremely refreshing to hear a president with command of the issues respond in real time with substance, with educating thought trains, and sound reasoning. Hope you will be part of the un – dumbing of America.
    Glib manipulations have only gotten us into a position where we lack the information to deal together with problems that are getting more and more complicated

    February 9, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  20. Jerry Stocker

    Finally, a president we can be proud of! He's absolutelty right in his economic plan and I support him 100%. Way to go President Obama!

    February 9, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  21. Reader

    This isn't the right order...Ed Henry was after Jake Tapper...

    February 9, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  22. NC

    This is exactly what I needed to hear after weeks of GOP politics. The GOP does not have a leg to stand on after years of the fundamentals of our economy argument...
    Thank you President Obama now lets get to work.

    February 9, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. STepper

    No questions by the whiz kids at 538.com? They need to get some respect. They are, after all, the numbers guys and we have numbers problems these days.

    February 9, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  24. Stephen D. Harford

    Where in the sequence was the Washington Times, or were they absent. My nephew covered President Bush's press conferences and I want to make sure he is not being left out. Thank you.

    February 9, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  25. Susan Louise

    Bill O'Riley just called this press conference Dull!. I thought it was riveting, informative, broad scoped and firm in spirit. It is time to cut out old, tired ways of looking at things. The rigid mental grip in consciousness needs to experience a shift. Look at the graph MSNBC showed tonight after the press conference....It is time to act as leaders, as examples. That is what you all have been elected to do....Work for the American People!

    February 9, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
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