Obama to hold 16th full press conference of presidency
November 13th, 2012
11:12 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama to hold 16th full press conference of presidency

(CNN) - When President Barack Obama holds a news conference on Wednesday, it will be the 16th solo, formal White House press conference of his presidency.

It will be his first since winning re-election and since the resignation of his CIA director over an affair - both topics likely to come up on Wednesday.

Obama has taken reporters' questions in a variety of other forums, most recently in late August, when he made an unannounced stop at the regular White House briefing for reporters in the midst of the heated campaign and a week before the start of the Republican National Convention.

He confronted criticism of a video produced by the main super PAC supporting his candidacy which appeared to tie Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to a woman's death, as well as stood by his call for Romney to release his tax documents. He also addressed the controversial comments on "legitimate rape" made by Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Missouri.

Earlier this year, Obama took questions at the from reporters while attending the G20 and NATO conferences, as well as on occasions when visiting or hosting foreign leaders.

Days before his press conference at the G20 in Mexico, a writer with a conservative website shouted questions at Obama while he spoke to cameras in the White House Rose Garden.

In Obama's first press conference following his inauguration in 2009, he took a total of 13 questions over the course of nearly an hour. Television ratings from the Nielsen Company said his February 9, 2009 remarks were watched by 49.5 million viewers.

– CNN White House Producer Becky Brittain contributed to this report


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. ltnet356

    And he will be asked what type of soda do you like. That's the hardest question this guy gets. Wake up america. You've been duped.

    November 13, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Concerned Educator, MS

    Well, what a way to be duped. FORWARD!

    November 13, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Chris

    Really!!!! GOP radicals still live... The people have spoken... enough said.

    November 13, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. llydapdicter

    Wow, 16 press conferences in 4 years, way to avoid the media that actually asks you hard questions!!!!!

    November 13, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. Guest

    It's amazing what has been hidden, with help from the media, about his sham presidency and campaign of lies. I'll be interested to see if he and his party has anything to offer aside from taxing the rich to fix our deficit problems. Their previous attempt didnt even garner one vote from their own party.

    November 13, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. Leeford

    Hope he has enough room to SPIKE THE FOOTBALL...Normally I would consider that poor sportsmanship, but he earned it and the cons deserve it.

    November 13, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. A Republican

    Mr. President

    The American people demand that you cut spending starting today. You should start with putting Obama Care on hold for the next 10 years. Give us time to recover from the near depression that the Democrat put us into. Next you should cut all programs that are socialist. Like Social Security, SSI, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps,WIC, Pell Grants, Govenment
    provided student loans, and Meals on Wheels. You should also cut all other government spending by 25%. With the exception of the military.

    November 13, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Blurtle

    I hope the Sgt. Schultz press will ask him what delights him about his job.

    November 13, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. Third_Option

    I can't stand the republican AND democrat parties. They are too polarized and don't represent the majority of people who find themselves somewhere in the middle. Politicians from each party pander to the extremes during primaries and then are stuck with extreme agendas for the general elections. That is not representative of what most of America wants. We end up having to choose the lesser of two evils. I wish there existed a third party that actually had a chance of making a difference.

    November 13, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. sayer

    Well played, Mr. President.

    November 13, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    A Republican wrote:

    Mr. President, The American people demand that you cut spending starting today
    -----------------------–
    Spending has been cut, by 1/3 from the final fiscal year of the Bush administration, FY2009, which included TARP.

    The annual deficit has dropped from the $1.5T in FY2009, to roughly one trillion for FY2012. The right wing media has put the entire conservative movement into an articial reality that I'm calling a hamster cage.

    November 13, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. BigandRich

    Hey, Third Option. If you want a third party, start one and see how far that goes.

    November 13, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. John, PA

    16th full press conference, maybe Obama will resign before the Bengahzi investigation gets to him.

    November 13, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. J'Cincinnati' redd

    The only question i care about now is the big cliff!

    November 13, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "And he will be asked what type of soda do you like. That's the hardest question this guy gets. "

    "Wow, 16 press conferences in 4 years, way to avoid the media that actually asks you hard questions!!!!!"

    You Teatrolls apparently can't even decide on what kind of crazy to sell, eh?

    November 13, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Give us time to recover from the near depression that the Democrat put us into. "

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAHAHA...ohhhh brother.

    November 13, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |