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.