February 4th, 2010
02:25 PM ET
5 years ago

Gibbs pressed on lack of Obama press conferences

Robert Gibbs faced questions from reporters Thursday.
Robert Gibbs faced questions from reporters Thursday.

Washington (CNN) - White House press secretary Robert Gibbs Thursday defended the number of formal press conferences, or lack thereof, held by President Obama in recent months.

CNN White House correspondent Dan Lothian asked Gibbs why Obama has been unavailable for questioning by the White House press corps over the past six months.

"He has taken questions at different press avails from a whole host of reporters," said Gibbs. "We've done a countless number of interviews, more interviews in the first year than any other president in recent memory. He enjoys the format, we just haven't done one in a while."

The president last held a prime time news conference on July 22, 2009.


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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Josh

    Maybe President Obama is tired of getting Ed "Why did it take you so long to respond?" Henry's dumb questions. He'd rather speak to REAL reporters instead of the petty WH Press Corps.

    February 4, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Marlee Stone

    Gibbs always squeaks out records of past presidents as an excuse because he has no rationale to answer a question with.

    February 4, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Willy Brown

    Behold the Obama paper tiger administration.

    February 4, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    You're right, ya know. Bush had press conferences all the time – NOT!!!!

    February 4, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. gary davis harbor oregon

    THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS CORPS think they are special . I like the fact that the president is going all over the country answering questions from just average americans , they actually can ask good questions and aren't under the media and corporate guide lines . or the republican strong arm of corporate america . so boo hoo press corp .
    change has come to america . and its great :)
    mr. president stay strong be who we elected . straight up and truthful . just like you are :)

    February 4, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. BeverlyinNC

    President Obama gets out and talks to the People. He cares about what is happeniing in the lives of the People and has plans to correct and restore our country for OUR benefit. His heart and his efforts are right as they should be. He WILL bring our country back and move it forward. He knows how to lead.

    Who cares if he talks to the Press? They don't report the news anyway. It's all spin and with FOX – all lies.

    February 4, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Obama Victim

    Obama = national embarassment

    February 4, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Mike Syracuse, NY

    The first six months he was still a rock star and all he got was softball questions. Now that a year has come and gone, he's done NOTHING, and the press is starting to do their job. The days of softball questions are over, and Obama knows he can't defend his record.

    February 4, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Cynthia

    @leftisloony comments. Your comments are laughable. Saying the President did poorly with the republicians answering their questions is an out an out LIE. Stupid I don't know what meeting you watched but you did not see the one the rest of us did. I am actually laughing as I read your rambling about the President it is so full of hate until it makes you sound pathetic. You are one of the many that is totally jealous of this intellengent likeable man, LOL. You all can give the teleprompter a break, especially if that is all morons like you can use to try to discredit the President. The press corp can kick rocks, the President has his plate full, they can wait. clown

    February 4, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. La Chatte

    It's because he's already got too many feet in his mouth!

    February 4, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Sick of whinners

    @ hinky. You are a complete hater whats the matter didn't get enough attention from you paw or did you get to much, idiot!!!

    February 4, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Showtime - Tampa

    Sniffit – there is a huge difference between going on national TV and reading a teleprompter with a prewritten speech AND answering questions posed on the fly. He can't do it...it usually goes something like this....

    "ummm, let me make myself clear, ahhh ummm, aahhhh, da dah dah, unprecendented da, da, da, and but rememeber I inherited it....blah blah blah, previous administrations, ummmm, ummmm. ummm last 8 years...."

    And then Blowberman and mathews go on TV and say it was an amazing speech and get thills up there leg and actually ALMOST forget he is Black (half anyway) for an hour...and then you libs believe he is the best speaker ever....

    So you are right, the press conference are irrelevent to the followers!

    February 4, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. John from LA

    Love the comments from all the BO fans!-Democrats-why are you So forgiving with this admin???-I'm an Independent and BO NEEDS TO START ANSWERING THESE QUESTIONS!!!-But HE CAN'T because his inexperience IS REALLY STARTING TO SHOW!!!-Another Admin. build on sand!

    DEMS you're all sounding like the Repubs when things get though-"He's busy talking with "Regular Folks"-REMEMBER DEMS-HE WORKS FOR ALL-INCLUDING THE WH PRESS CORP!!!

    February 4, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Mike in MN

    Looks like Obama is afraid to face the press. I've noticed the questions thrown at Gibbs have been getting tougher. The press is not buying his B.S. Gibbs looks bad enough with the crazy spin and lies, but it deflects some from Obama. Would be much worse for Obama if he was taking the questions instead of Gibbs.

    February 4, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Angie in PA

    UMM Teabagers on board with the whole Teleprompter thing I Guess you all were watching Fox News last friday when the President Embaressed the he– out of Republicans. And guess what teabaggers NO TELEPROMPTER WAS NEEDED!! Ahh The teleprompter thing is getting real real old!!! move along teabaggers!

    February 4, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. Mark

    He won't do press conferences because he can't handle the questions unless they are programmed into his teleprompter!

    February 4, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. found work without help of stimulus or obama

    give gibbs a break, he can only make up so many obama lies and excuses.

    February 4, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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