President plans a press conference, in advance: The Swamp
 
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Posted December 3, 2007 11:40 AM
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by Mark Silva

The White House, which is known for announcing the president's press conferences by surprise on most mornings when they occur -- offering perhaps two hours' notice to prepare and muster for them -- has announced today that President Bush will hold one Tuesday morning.

It could be that the president is looking for an audience.

What with Congress back in town for a couple of weeks and a lot of work unfinished -- everything from the supplemental war spending bill which the president is seeking for Iraq and Afghanistan to various other appropriations bills and Bush's demand for a new terrorist surveillance act -- the president is looking for the biggest pulpit he can find.

Bush will grab that bullhorn at 10:10 am EST on Tuesday, at the White House -- the first press conference which the president has held since Oct. 17.

Expecting that this will be his final presser of the year, that will make eight formal press conferences on his own in 2007 (he also has appeared alongside other world leaders in briefer press availabilities), including the solo appearances he made on Sept. 20, Aug. 9, July 12, May 24, April 3 and Feb. 14.

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Mark, could you please provide us with how many "official" press conferences Bill Clinton had, especially during his last term in office?


Iran abandoned its nuclear program four years ago, according to latest NIE. Now of course they also are pursuing an enrichment program. But this latest makes recent statements by certain admin officials appear in an unflattering light. Any chance the trib will actually, you know, publish this info.


More comic material for the late night shows from the dumbest Prez in history!!!!


W. is making sure that he has the perfect pre-screened audiance.

Smile
Standup
Clap
Sitdown

Rinse and Repeat.


John D -

I don't know the answer to your question, but the huge difference between the Clinton administration and the Bush (I mean Cheney)administration when it comes to the administration's interaction with the press corps is that Clinton would readily engage members of the press in back-and-forth question and answer sessions - regardless as to whether or not the forum was an "official" press conference or not.

Cheney's administration is one in which the Vice President (and the titular President) are kept at arm's length from the press - especially a prepared-in-advance press. It seems that other than the "surprise" press conferences noted by Silva (and others who routinely cover the White House), the Cheney administration pretty much limits his and President Bush's availability to those news outlets/commentators (Fox, Rush, Sean Hannity, etc.) who are more than likely to lap up whatever line of pap the administration is dishing out. The fact that this press conference was called more than 24 hour in advance makes the announcment of the press conference itself a news item - becuase it contrasts so starkly with the Cheney Administration's track record.


Let's hear what Bush reads off the que cards.


RomanB... I'll save you the trouble of having to listen to the press conference.

Everything the democrats do is bad and purely political.

Everything the White house and the republicans do (or have ever done) is the reslut of selfless devotion to do what is right.

All of the other things he will say are just filler.


Buster, but Bush does engage the media in back-and-forth answer questions. That is why Mark qualifies this with saying it's Bush's "eighth OFFICIAL" press conference and a few when he is with world leaders. Take appearances with world leaders out and Bush still has had several spontaneous pressers this year. But Mark won't say that.


"BUSH SPEAKS" 5AM EASTERN STANDARD TIME ONLY"

UNLESS IT'S THE STATE OF THE WHITEHOUSE AND GEORGE BUSH, DICK CHENEYS, DAVID ADDINGTON, JOSHUA BOLTEN, FRED FIELDING, AND NEGRONPONTE NEWS, THEN THERE IS NO NEWS.

THE DEATHSQUADS ARE COMING, OH I MEAN AMERICAN SHAWDOW WOLVES FROM THE ROSE GARDEN ARE COMING.

7 SEVEN YEARS OF A LAME DUCK DUMMY AND HIS EARLY AM WAR ON TERROR AKA OIL RECONCILIATION MEDIA SPEECHES LACED WITH OVERTONES AND UNDERTONES FROM A MADMAN HAS TO END.

AT LEAST LET THE REST OF AMERICA WAKE UP BEFORE HE STARTS SPITTING OUT ALL THAT CRACK!

BLAME THE MEDIA BECAUSE FOR SOME REASON IF IT'S NOT ABOUT OJ, YOU CAN ONLY GET A 15 SECOND SOUNDBITE PLUG IN.

5 DIED, AND LARRY CRAIG'S BOYFRIENDS ARE TELLING ON HIM. OOOOOOOOHHHHH WEEEEEEE THE BOEHNER IS GOING TO GET YOU!

HE WAS GAY, HE IS GAY, AND HE ALWAYS HAS BEEN GAY! NOW AMERICA CAN STOP HATTING ON MEN WHO ARE PROUD TO BE MEN, WHO ARE PROUD TO BE GAY!


Gee, do you think he will apologize to the American people for the war?


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