Washington (CNN) –President Obama will have a news conference next Friday September 10, his first full-scale question-and-answer session at the White House in nearly four months according to his aides.
The news conference will come at an action-packed time for the President, just days after he helped launch direct Middle East peace talks and gave a prime-time Oval Office address on the end of combat operations in Iraq, as well as falling less than two months before a critical midterm election where Democrats' majorities in the House and Senate are on the ropes largely because of the nation's economic uncertainty.
Obama's last news conference at the White House was on May 27 in the East Room, and was devoted largely to the Gulf oil spill that was consuming his presidency at the time.
This will be Obama's eighth news conference at the White House since he took office. He has so far held six sessions at the White House with reporters lasting approximately one hour apiece, including four in prime time.
The White House did not disclose the precise time of day for next week's news conference.
Updated: 4:43 p.m.