February 5th, 2009
03:10 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama plans primetime press conference Monday night

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama will hold the first official press conference of his presidency next Monday night, February 9, two weeks earlier than President Bush held his first White House press conference eight years ago.

Obama is also slated to speak to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, February 24, in what is being described as his first State of the Union address. The White House says he will submit his first budget to Congress by the end of this month or the beginning of March.

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  1. 1/20/13

    Thank god I have to water the grass that night.........His speeches dont mesmorize me like the other 57 million.

    February 5, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. 1/20/13

    Look there is a new Comedy Show appearing on Feb 9th........

    February 5, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Barbie

    Despite a very talented staff, President Obama is the strongest representative for presenting the urgency of the current economic situation to the nation and achieving immediate results.

    February 5, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. kayla


    February 5, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Ken

    At the present I see that there has been NO CHANGE in Washington. The politicians are still working for themselves and NOT for the American citizens.

    Our borders are still open to ILLEGAL ALIENS and DRUG SMUGGLERS!

    It is time for our government to start working for those that have elected them into office. Enough of this other crap!

    February 5, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Robert The Man

    OMG!!! He's doing something two weeks earlier that President Bush did!!! This man is not only a genius but also our savior. Praise to Obama!!!!

    February 5, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. David in Indiana

    Better him than me.

    February 5, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. JGM

    What a perfect time to announce Harry " The Whistleblower" as the new head of the SEC Fraud Investigation Dept.

    February 5, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Mike in Houston

    This will be historic. A speech to tell what he did the first 2 weeks in office (should last about 15 seconds) then the rest to try to explain why he can't do anything that he said he would do.

    I didn't know Beavis and Butthead had returned to Prime Time.

    February 5, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. CWD

    Even though I support Obama, this is a stupid idea. Bush had way too many of these when there was no reason to have them and this one falls right in that category. People don't want their prime time shows pre-empted for meaningless political posturing. Heck, watching tv is one of the few things we can still afford to do these days.

    February 5, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. Gerda Edwards

    His message is and will be "We need to do "'something'."

    Problem is, he has yet to convince any reasonable critic that blindly taking $920B from our children AND grandchildren AND great-grandchildrren is absolutely necessary.

    So now instead of leading, he's resorting to what he does best – grandstand and make a primetime infomercial.

    February 5, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. obama-mama

    When he said he would hit the ground running he meant it. All the clowns on this site with their hateful remarks probably have not done as much work in a year as our President has done in the few weeks in office. Stifle yourselves.

    February 5, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. montag24

    President Obama needs to explain clearly and frankly the economic problems the country is facing. He should not mince words and he should use terms that ordinary people can understand. Most people recognize the truth when they hear it and can deal with the hard facts.

    FDR gave a fireside chat shortly after he was inaugurated in March, 1933. At that time, he explained clearly how banks work, what went wrong, why he declared a bank holiday, and what steps he was going to implement next. It was tough medicine to swallow, but Americans clearly understood the consequences of doing nothing and they rallied around him.

    And guess what? America not only survived, but became the most powerful, most productive, richest nation in the world.

    February 5, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. BB

    I have done more than just complain on a blog. I've emailed my senators and representatives with my complaints.

    Hope they all get FLOODED with emails. That's how we get our voices heard. At least I tried.

    February 5, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Candidate O'Blah Blah is Now President O'blah blah

    This is almost hilarious, if it weren;t so tragic. The one thing we all knew Obama was good at was making speeches. Wehad hoped that once elected there would be fewer speeches and more action.

    We do not need all the press conferences and all the TV announcements. We need action. Mr Obama you have ALL the votes you need to pass a stimulus bill in 5 minutes. 5 minutes. You are dragging your feet and you have NO excuse, other than, perhaps, the bill is a stinko and The Mother of all Pork Spending Bills.

    NO GOP member has even suggested that they will fillibuster the bill – NOBODY has said anything about this. The GOP may ALL vote NO, but that is their right. If you want a bill to pass, DO IT. You control the White House. Pelosi controls the House. Reid controls the Senate. JUST DO IT and stop with all these nauseating self serving speeches. DO YOU JOB O'BLAH BLAH

    February 5, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Marc

    1/20/13 – The word is 'mesmerize', and its not a 'speech', its a 'press conference'. You can say anything about the content of the 'press conference' but at least address it as it is.

    February 5, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. patNY

    Thank you Obama for chosing to do your speech on a night other than Thursday night...Bush really ticked me off when he did his farewell thing on Thursday night and pushed my Ugly Betty off that night.

    February 5, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Dems be dopes

    Wonderful, maybe he can check on the back tax status of all his appointees at the same time.

    Watch 24, listen to NoBama..easy choice......

    "Change you can believe in"..........................maybe

    February 5, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. Phil

    1/20/13... pls do water your grass and hopefully you will soon join it.

    February 5, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. brad

    The way I look at it. If McCain won, I would want him to succeed. These people that want him to fail are your own undoings. Be careful what you wish for. You just may get it.

    February 5, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. Sam Sixpack

    We need more propaganda!

    February 5, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. Dan

    This is interesting. I fully agree with Lindsay Graham (Sen-SC). Barack Obama is busy telling people that we are in economic crisis but he is not leading. Having lunch or giving TV interview is not leading. This guy is disgrace to our nation. I do not know why American people could select him as our President. Waster of time and money. We do not need TV interviews and press conference. Barack has to go to school to learn how to lead.

    February 5, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. TjayeInLA

    I'm glad he has press conferences that we know about ahead of time AND at an hour where we can watch ourselves and not have to rely on selected soundbites from the media.

    I'm not a Bush fan, but even I had to admit when I noticed the media either NOT mentioning something that would clarify one of his points or interpretting for him and steering public opinion. That is because he would have impromptu press conferences in the mid morning when most of us where at work or school or otherwise occupied.

    This way we all have the option to watch and judge for ourselves.

    February 5, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |


    1) that's the date of your NEXT four years of disappointment as Obama begins his 2nd term

    2) I am sure his speeches don't "mesmorize" you.... you have FOX for that.

    3) if this is a new "comedy show", then add one MORE area of CHANGE from the HORROR SHOW we were captive to for the last 8 years.

    February 5, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. JS

    Thank God for Sen. Graham and the others who are looking out for us average folks!!

    February 5, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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