POTUS newser: The numbers
August 9th, 2013
04:30 PM ET
12 months ago

POTUS newser: The numbers

Washington (CNN) – The days of short responses and single questions are long gone.

CNN's quick look at Friday's presidential news conference shows a handful of reporters trying to cram in as many topics and queries as possible pitted against a president whose answers rival the length of some Pink Floyd songs.

Here's the event by the clock.

Opening remarks: 8 minutes, 25 seconds.

Q&A time: 52 minutes, 33 seconds.

Average reporter question: 28 seconds.

Average presidential response to each reporter: 6 minutes, 7 seconds.

Number of reporters asking questions: 8. From the Associated Press, NBC, CBS, Wall Street Journal, ABC, FOX, CNN and NPR.

Number of questions, including follow-ups: 18.

Number of topics: 10. Those were: the relationship with Russia, Edward Snowden, the next Federal Reserve chief, NSA surveillance, Al Qaeda, recent drone strikes, Obamacare implementation, Benghazi attacks, possible government shutdown, immigration reform.


Filed under: President Obama
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. I'm NOT a liberal

    There's really no reason to ask questions because the only thing you're going to get are out right lies.

    August 9, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Translation: Smooth brained MSM journalistas with short attention spans are irritated about having to dig through detailed answers for soundbites with which to manufacture nontroversies. They would much rather short, terse, pithy talking point blather lacking any substance because, let's face it, half the reason they report so superficially is that they're even dumber than most of their audience.

    August 9, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    This is where the problem lies–6 mins 7 secs, silly and stupid. No wonder people are not thinking properly. Their goal is to answer–does not matter to Analize.

    August 9, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. I'm NOT a liberal

    Sniffit

    "Sniffit

    "Seventy one percent of the nation do not want this law to be passed and for good reason"

    Psssst: about 35% of them oppose the law because they believe it DIDN'T GO FAR ENOUGH.
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    Sounds like you're one of the radical liberals."

    I support the ACA. For me, preferring a more robust public option or single-payer alternative isn't incompatible with seeing if we can make something short of that work. Incrementalism is fine as long as you don't get bogged down and refuse to keep moving further increments.
    -----
    Thank you for proving my point.

    August 9, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    " a president whose answers rival the length of some Pink Floyd songs."

    Well, at least that explains why the entire press corp acts like it's on shrooms at these things.

    August 9, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. I'm NOT a liberal

    The time he takes to answer a question means nothing if it's just a bunch of lies.

    August 9, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Dixie

    Why not schedule more time to actually get more information out in a less stressful environment. The prez might even enjoy it more if there wasn't so much stress.

    August 9, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. tom l

    @Sniffit
    "" a president whose answers rival the length of some Pink Floyd songs."

    Well, at least that explains why the entire press corp acts like it's on shrooms at these things."

    Now that was kinda funny...

    August 9, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  9. J.V.Hodgson

    Average reporters question 28 seconds. should read: )average reporters loaded 28 second question with pitfalls to criticize, in a long drawn out later article or editorial) if Obama leaves something out in reply you laid him out to miss.
    So politicians good ones anyway a) try to answer the question simply reasonably and effectively and then b) cover in 5 out of the 6 minute plus answer the time bombs you hoped to be able explode.... its called politics guys.
    Stop creating metrics that your media style has demanded... find the controversy... never mind evaluating policies and supporting those you agree with and challenging those that don't logically ideally not tainted with political bias of either reporter or the organization He/ she works for..... but that's a dream in Our American political and media environment.
    Shameful as that is.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    August 10, 2013 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  10. HenryMiller

    The Chatty Cathy President—pull his string and he'll replay whatever was recorded on his teleprompter.

    August 10, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |