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The last time the president held a press conference to talk about the Gulf Coast oil spill it was all about BP. . .they did this, and they did that.  And he was making it clear THEY WOULD PAY.  There was no sense of WE.. we were not going to assist them in shutting off the flow. WE were not going to bring in the skimmers.  WE were not going to clean the beaches.

Today’s was very different.  WE closed the spill. WE succeeded.  WE did this and WE did that.  Today was all about Obama’s victory.  Only at the end, when he said;  And BP is going to have to pay not only for the clean up, but to reimburse the people and businesses for their losses, that BP was mentioned.

To this president…. all problems belong to someone else … and all successes are a result of his action.

Obama to hold press conference on oil disaster


 first press conference in 309 days..

President Barack Obama will hold a press conference on Thursday at which he is expected to announce stringent new offshore oil regulations, as political pressure mounts amid the Gulf disaster.

Obama will take "multiple" questions from reporters in the East Room of the White House, an official said. The media appearance will take place a day before the president’s next visit to the Gulf of Mexico on Friday.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs had previously said that Obama would Thursday take questions after receiving a report from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on the future of offshore drilling.

The White House has insisted it has done all it can to mitigate the spread of the massive oil slick which is beginning to clog the southern US coast.

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Obama Hides from Press: No Conference Since July

By Newsmax

Observers couldn’t help but notice the irony: President Barack Obama on Monday signed the Press Freedom Act, then refused to take any questions from members of the press.

In a broader sense, the event was another demonstration of Obama’s standoffish relationship with the news media — despite his campaign vow of a “transparent” administration.

Obama has not fielded questions at a full-blown press conference since way back on July 22, 2009.

President George H.W. Bush had nearly three press conferences a month. Bill Clinton and Lyndon Johnson convened an average of about two a month, Ronald Reagan had less than one press conference every two months, and Richard Nixon averaged one every seven weeks.

Obama lags behind both Nixon and Reagan: He called five press conferences during his first six months in office, and none in the 10 months that followed, the Huffington Post reported.

As for less formal short exchanges with reporters, Obama has had 47, compared with 147 for George W. Bush in his first year and 252 for Clinton, according to figures compiled by professor Martha Joynt Kumar of Towson University in Towson, Md.

Reporters were on hand in the Oval Office when Obama signed the Daniel Pearl Press Freedom Act, which expands the State Department’s annual human rights reports to include a description of press freedoms in each country.

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Obama Avoids Tough Questions from Press, Again

By Chip Reid, CBS

You may recall that on Monday President Obama refused take any questions from the press (irony alert!) immediately after signing the "Press Freedom Act" in the Oval Office. The president, who hasn’t held a prime time press conference since last July, said this was not a press conference and he would have something later in the week.

He was presumably referring to today’s scheduled "Joint Press Conference" with Mexican President Calderon in the Rose Garden. But so-called "press conferences" with foreign leaders usually allow for only two questions from the White House press corps and two from foreign reporters.

But today he said there was time for only one from each side. And in what I suspect was a White House effort to assure that the questioning was limited to immigration and other issues of U.S.-Mexico concern, he called on the Univision reporter from the U.S. side.

So if his goal was to avoid answering any tough questions about yesterday’s elections, or the oil spill in the Gulf, or financial regulation, or Iran, or Afghanistan — he succeeded.

As he and President Calderon turned to walk back toward the Oval Office I asked, loudly enough for him to hear, if he had any comment on the elections. No response.

I then shouted "Do you have any plans for a REAL press conference?" No response, not that I expected one.

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