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.
Personally I wouldn't be surprised if even a narcissistic guy like Barry just got tired of the liberal press kissing his ass. Barry was clearly embarrassed at winning the Nobel Peace Prize (for simply not being George W. Bush) last year and he and Joe Biden have often joked about how one-sided the MSM has been towards their administration. Better yet maybe all the Obama stans in the press were getting to Barry's head so much that one day Michelle had to get in his big ears and bring him down to earth. Either way the irony of Barry ignoring his minions in the press for so long is funny.