February 9, 2009, President Obama's First News Conference

Do you remember when conservatives were saying that President Obama held too many news conferences? Fox News said that he was holding too many and they weren’t going to cover them anymore. As soon as President Obama started holding less news conferences, conservatives wrote about how President Obama was ducking the press. It seems you can’t please some people no matter what you do.

Here are the facts

First Year in Office press conferences

Total. Obama 27, Bush 19
Foreign: Obama 17, Bush 12
Domestic: Obama 10, Bush 7
Joint: Obama 16, Bush 14
Solo: Obama 11, Bush 5

source: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/cspg/s…

According to factcheck, President Obama gave 16 solo press conferences in his first two years.

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com…

According to CBS (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-50… George Bush gave a total of 17 solo press conferences in his first four years.

Obama’s June 28th press conference was his third solo (Feb and April were the other two) this year. That makes a total of 19 press solo conferences in 2 1/2 years. We should compare this to President Bush who held 17 solo press conferences in his first four years.

At this rate, President Obama will nearly double the number of solo press conferences held in his first four years compared to President Bush in his first four years.