President Obama, who pledged to establish the most open and transparent administration in history, on Monday surpasses his predecessor's record for avoiding a full-fledged question-and-answer session with White House reporters in a formal press conference.
President George W. Bush's longest stretch between prime-time, nationally televised press conferences was 214 days, from April 4 to Nov. 4, 2004. Mr. Obama tops that record on Monday, going 215 days - stretching back to July 22, according to records kept by CBS Radio's veteran reporter Mark Knoller.
The Times writer, Joseph Curl, furthers the storyline that Obama's last presser was a "disaster" ( remember the question regarding the arrest of Henry Louis Gates? ) and that Obama is now somehow afraid of the media.
This is nothing more than a pathetic attempt by the Washington Times to create the image of a President that is weak when it comes to fielding questions. I suppose Curl and the Times editors didn't see the Q&A session between Obama and Republicans over healthcare. Not exactly "weak" or "afraid".
Round Two is coming up on Thursday Joseph, you might want to tune in.