February 10th, 2009
12:12 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama plans regular press conferences

Obama answered questions from 13 reporters Monday night during the hour-long press conference.

Obama answered questions from 13 reporters Monday night during the hour-long press conference.

WHITE HOUSE (CNN) – White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday that President Obama enjoyed his first prime time news conference Monday evening — and plans to stick with a campaign promise to hold them regularly in the future.

Obama answered questions from 13 reporters Monday night during the hour-long press conference.

Gibbs also confirmed that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi visited Obama at the White House Tuesday morning and formally invited Obama to speak before a joint session of Congress February 24, and the President accepted that invitation.

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Matthew, Detroit

    Barack loves to hear himself talk. Too bad he does not like to go to work and do his job. Flying around the country is wasting all of our time.

    Get it together Barack. Do your job.

    February 10, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. white female

    Come on CNN, please print good comments, don't start getting like Fox news.
    Great job Mr. President, it was so nice to hear you speak to the press, like you did, Teach, Professor they have a lot to learn from you.
    You speak the English Language so well.
    Sir we need those new School, and well educated teachers soooo Bad. To those who keep saying I don't understand please listen up when the President speaks, you may learn something, even the press, and all the newscasters where in shock, teach them how to all bring it down about 10 notches, they all speak so fast and incorrect.
    And the way they all talk over each other in the morning on morning Joe is awful.
    May God Bless, you Mr. President.

    February 10, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Rick Sutter

    This is GREAT news! It won't take as long as I thought for people to realize he is the most dangerous person ever elected to the office; unless he takes over the media sooner than I expected him to.

    February 10, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful

    Yes! A president and a teacher!

    February 10, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. rob

    I may be wrong but doesn't the Pres give the state of the union speach in Feb anyway? If so then Xuan Thai needs to go back to school and ignore that tingling in his leg all you Liberal media types get when you think of Obama.

    By the way, i read a report that Obama was reading off teleprompters for some of his answers.

    February 10, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. Noah

    UHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH let's see if he keeps these press conferences up after he keeps getting blasted. He looked like he could not believe that any members of the media had the audacity to question his plans.

    February 10, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Survivor

    Good Idea – keep your processes out in public and then (even though they will try) the wingnuts will try to re-formulate everything you say or cut you off to interject their own agendas again and again! At least the rest of us will listen and understand. And when you get those schools upgraded – maybe this country will grow expotentially to meet the continuing challenges of the 21st century......horse and buggy are long gone I'm afraid – its time for us to get on with it or we will definately fail as a Nation.

    February 10, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. Terry, TX

    You guys are young..first news conference....all are choreographed past and present presidents. To tell you the truth they all stink....the first question took 10 minutes to answer.

    February 10, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Sue

    And my sister in CO thinks he's arrogant...but I guess anyone who listens to Rush all day can find the devil in anyone..I like the off-the-cuff Obama..very friendly, very knowledgeable, and very approachable.

    By the way, to those griping about the no jacket Oval Office, there is a photo out of GWB in the Oval Office without a jacket...right after his re-election. Olbermann's staff can dig up anything!

    February 10, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. Obama's intellect

    Obama's intellect is a ray of gold in an unlit environment. It distinguishes him from the uneducated mindset now forming the core of the Republican Party. The latter prefer politicians like former Pres. Bush (who can't speak in complete sentences) and Sara Palin (who can't identify the last newspaper she read). Obama's struggle to help this country will ultimately be a struggle against ignorance.

    February 10, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. William A. Schaedler from St. Louis

    And you can bet I won't watch a singhle one of them. I've got other sources of comedy.

    February 10, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. Just Say No to Socialism

    Can he actually start addressing the issues and quit act like he is still running. Absolutely nothhing new said or learned from that waste of time last night.

    February 10, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Love the truth

    Isn't it funny how most dems live their life through "HATING" Bush, and yet they all want to accuse the Rep of hate just because they disagree with borrowing $900,000,000,000,000 to pay back supporters in the election!

    Most of you do not even have a clue what is in this bill. Do your homework and you will see that this is bad for America.

    February 10, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. BJ

    Great...it was fun to watch him stumble without the teleprompter...

    February 10, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Kathy

    Wonderful, we get to see his mug enough already!!!! Help us all !!!
    Now I know he just likes to see himself on TV. I'll bet he records it and watches it everyday!!!

    February 10, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. ellington7

    I feel honored to be an american again, and it's because our leader makes us proud of who we are, and what we stand for. We don't stand for tourturing criminals, we don't stand for destroying our earth, we don't stand for kids not having health insurance, we don't enforce our will on other countries, but we try to build consensus, and iron out our problems for a common good, we don't allow our country to rot and wither away while spending trillions of dollars other places in the world for the purposes of back door fraud dealings, and unneccessay wars, we don't stand for gitmo, we don't deny a person's right to fair trials, we don't let crooks on wall street get bonus while the american people struggle to put food on the table, we don't demean, and look down on other countries, we don't fail to act when millions of people are losing their jobs and health care, and we don't call people "evil" when we have our own problems. This is why I'm proud to be an american, and this is why I love president Obama, so if you think I'm drinking the kool-aid, your absolutely right.

    obama 2008-2016

    February 10, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. no corporate politics

    We will see if he keeps this promise after breaking a few already. What's your favorite broken promise? I like hiring the lobbyist best so far.

    February 10, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Ray Ray

    Will he be taking MORE tough questions from Helen Thomas or those "hard-hitting" news organizations like "tingle up my leg" MSNBC or "raise his hand – lift a nation" CNN??

    What a joke!!

    February 10, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. ABG

    President Obama gave answers but often did not answer reporters' questions.

    His lengthy answers were repetitive.

    He cut off one reporter who tried to get an answer and would not allow the customary follow-up question.

    This is change???

    February 10, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Pam

    BO the director February 10th, 2009 1:28 pm ET

    Will those be choreographed too?

    You mean like Bush's were? I mean the few that he had.

    February 10, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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    February 10, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. Linda in MS

    I watched his press conference last night and was very impressed. While some of Pres. Obama's answers were a little too long, they were deep and contained a lot of facts. I am extremely glad he questioned the wisdom of those in Congress who want to do nothing about the economy. He is a wise man who is not afraid to elicit the opinions of others. I am still very glad I voted for him.

    February 10, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. That Other Jerry

    A good start, but after 15 minutes I was feeling like, "You won, it's time to ease up on the campaigning." To be fair, it's hard to change horses after riding the same one for the last two years. I look forward to hearing him take more questions and give fewer debate-style answers in future conferences.

    February 10, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    @ Just Say No to Socialism, who claimed "Absolutely nothhing new said or learned from that waste of time last night."

    Blatant and typical lie on your part. What's more, learn something "socialism" and learn something about it...you people are just vomiting up the inaccurate and baseless talking points you've been fed by your party-line masters. It's sad really. You are all shining examples of why our education system needs to be fized and yet your party faught against it...gee, I wonder why.

    February 10, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    All I'm really hearing from the GOPers at this point is "Jes– H Ch- how are we going to win back control over the country if he keeps disproving everything we say?!?!?!" You can pretty much insert this in place of every comment on CNN's ticker blogs from here on out.

    February 10, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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