May 17th, 2010
12:50 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama doesn't take questions at Freedom of Press Act signing

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama declined to answer questions at bill signing for the Freedom of Press Act."]Washington (CNN) - After the signing of the Freedom of Press Act on Monday, President Obama declined to take any questions from the press.

During a pooled press event in the Oval Office, President Obama was asked if he would take a couple questions.

"You're certainly free to ask the question," Obama told the reporters in the room. "I won't be answering, I'm not doing a press conference today, but we'll be seeing you in the course of the week."

President Obama was referring to the press availability he will likely hold following his meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Traditionally, these events are known as "two and two's" referring to the number of questions each country's group of reporters will be allowed to ask.

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  1. U.S. Common Sense

    Classless as always.

    May 17, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Dave, Illinois

    Hey, Lib Trolls, no squauking over this glaring example of Obama's hypocrisy? Oh, I forgot, Comedy Central didn't report this so you didn't get the news. Libs are soooo predictable.

    May 17, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Brian in MD

    Barack Obama – The worst president ever.

    May 17, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. You Guys Got Him Elected

    I love how Obama is mistreating the very people (the "main stream media") who hid his controversies and liberal agenda to get him elected! I hope the press event with the Mexican President is only a photo op with a press pool photographer!

    May 17, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. truth

    He is the only president who is afraid of Press Conference. Everybody should know why.

    May 17, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The teleprompter must have been broken. Or maybe the people who do Obama's thinking for him are on holiday.

    May 17, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. bibek

    Obama decilned to take questions. SO?
    why is this news???

    May 17, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. James Cameron, Jr.

    Typical. Not such a brilliant man when the teleprompter doesn't feed him lines, now is he?

    May 17, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Can't say that I blame him one bit.

    When the media does NOTHING to dispel the lies, and hate unfairly heaped upon this President why should he make himself always available to you? You guys are like parasitic leeches. You give press, A LOT of press to the irrelevant and hateful ramblings of Sarah Palin. Eeven if it demoralizes the country and creates an atmosphere of HATE, you'd rather report on the shifting lies of a TOTAL NOBODY like Palin, then assist in rebuilding the morale of this country by at least NOT reporting rating-building LIES.

    You should be ashamed of yourselveslf. You are no where near in possessing the integrity and grit and fearlessness displayed by foreign reporters in let's say Mexico. These reporters risk their lives in reporting the truth about the drug cartels there. Oh no, you're NOT in that category! I don't know what you call yourselves these days but you ARE NOT the press of yesteryear. As a group you lack integrity and laudable purpose.

    I'd make you sit and wait, and wait, and wait too.

    May 17, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. James Cunningham

    This is the chickens comin' home to roost for all you big time Obama supporters! You swallowed every word of his phony hope and change story and this is the reality, proof positive, of what he really is! A bad mistake was made in Nov., 2008 and thank God is wasn't by my vote but we all still have to live with the phoniest, most unqualified person ever to hold the office! Disgraceful! Just disgraceful! He like PT Barnum believed there is a sucker born every minute and 52 million of you were born in Nov., 2008!

    May 17, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Chuckster

    Smart move Obama, its OK you don't have much longer to worry about your Socialist Party from Canada. You, Pelosi, Ried and the rest of that loser team for America are done!!! Who will CNN Support after that?????

    May 17, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Gary

    "Freedom of Press Act" What kind of stupid crap is this? What is the 1st Amendment then?

    May 17, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. My Brother's Keeper

    I like this.

    The Press is obnoxious and needs to be put in check every now and then.

    They let politicians lie to the public and put it on the airways without challenging blantantly false claims .... for example "Death Panels".

    The press has a responsibility to do something useful with the access they seek under the 1st Ammendment. If they don't ... and they haven't ... then they don't deserve special favorable treatment.

    May 17, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. Fitz in Texas

    So, "Our Leader" says..."You're certainly free to ask the question," Obama told the reporters in the room. "I won't be answering".......

    oooops, guess someone forgot to load the 'Obama Teleprompter'

    May 17, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Samantha

    It's no wonder he doesn't take questions. He doesn't have a good one for any of the failures, blunders and current or pending disasters that have characterized his Presidency.

    I only have one question: When does he resign?

    May 17, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. E. Holder-Hypocrite

    Teleprompter on the fritz uhbama?

    May 17, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    In a previous article, several Fox snoozers felt that all media but the right wingnut operations of Rupert did not report the truth. They should really check out C Span and PBS. It is a good way to discover that Fox is a joke, full of half baked conspiracy theories. If you watch Hannity's show until he tells his first lie and turn off the TV, you will have 59 minutes of quality time to spend with your family.

    May 17, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. JonDie

    Typical CNN nonsense. How can you put up this piece on the Freedom of the Press Act without even briefly explaining what the act is? The news isn't if Obama took or didn't take questions, the news it that the act was signed. Another reason why I would never pay to read the "news."

    May 17, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Angus McDugan

    i.e., He has not studied or practiced his politically correct / filtered socialist manifesto. All this 24X7 media presenting facts to the American people has put too much pressure on Obama, causing him to not be ready to deal with them at this time.

    May 17, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. ME

    That is funny. Freedom of the Press but I am not answering any questions.

    May 17, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Ted Crawford

    I'm not surprised that he didn't take questions! Had he done so he knew he would have been asked about his efforts to silence the conservative media here

    May 17, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. phoenix86

    No telepromter present, so no questions allowed. I guess Axelrod was in the bathroom or something.

    May 17, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Way to go, rename him Fidel Hugo Obama. Look what he did to Fox News last year. Of course it only boosted their ratings, while all the news media that coddles this corrupt slimy president fell.

    May 17, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Liberalism is a mental disorder

    Ohhhh the irony!

    May 17, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. marcia

    what a charming was to behave!

    May 17, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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