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More on Bush’s (Lack Of) Press Conferences

We told you earlier about the White House press corps’ frustration with President Bush’s lack of availability and then we found this nugget from yesterday’s WH press briefing with Dana Perino:

    Q The President, I don’t think, has had a news conference in about two months. Does he feel that kind of forum doesn’t really have much use for him now to communicate his ideas, especially on the financial developments?

    MS. PERINO: I’m sure he misses you all greatly, but — (laughter) — look, I think we have to be realistic –

    Q We miss him.

    MS. PERINO: — that if you guys had him in here, almost everything would be geared towards the election, and he is cognizant of that. He wants to make sure that this election remains fully focused on the two candidates. He’s not on the ballot. This is about John McCain and Senator Obama and how those two present themselves to the American people. And the President is reluctant to be in a place where there’s going to be a lot of competition for questions that get him involved in the 2008 campaign –

    Q How about if we keep it to the he economy?

    Q So no press conferences for the next 48 days?

    MS. PERINO: Not — I didn’t say that. I just said that I’m telling you that one of the reasons that we haven’t — I mean, every time that I would think about maybe having a press conference, the news of the day would be such that we might be talking about lipstick on a pig, and the President is just not going to get involved in it.

    Q Well, but in fairness, Dana, right now you’ve had an unprecedented week of economic financial news. He still is President of the United States –

    MS. PERINO: I hear you on that.

    Q — through January 20th at noon.

    MS. PERINO: No, I hear you on that and I will update you as soon as possible as to when you would hear from the President on the economy again.

    Q But he just doesn’t feel it useful at this point to discuss some –

    MS. PERINO: Look, he’s talked to — he takes questions from the press, he’s done individual questions. He hasn’t had a press conference, but he does — he has been talking to other individuals, or when we have pool at the bottom, two-and-two. But it’s been — I grant you that it’s been a while and I understand that people want to hear from the President during this time. You heard from him Monday and I will update you as soon as I can as to when you’ll hear from him again.

    Q Are you suggesting that we might hear from him in the next, say, few days or five days or so?

    Q Few minutes?

    MS. PERINO: Not the next few minutes, but — (laughter) — well, yes, you will on Petraeus, but not on the economy. I don’t know yet, Roger.

ALSO: If you want video of yesterday’s “incident” with AP’s Deb Reichmann, see below. AND: Politico’s Mike Allen and Carrie Budoff Brown report that, on the McCain/Obama campaign trail, reporters are getting sidelined.

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McCain’s Not The Only One Avoiding Pressers

Ken Herman‘s pool report from the White House today includes this nugget:

    At end, AP’s Deb Reichmann attempted to engage POTUS by noting it’s been awhile since he responded to questions.

    “With all due respect,” she said with all due respect, “you haven’t taken any questions since Aug. 6.”

    “I can’t hear what you said,” Bush responded, with all due respect.

    “This way please, through the Rose Garden,” a pool wrangler said, with all due respect.

    “You got to speak with a louder voice,” Bush said, with a smile and all due respect.

    “I can’t hear you,” he added. “I’m old.”

    With that, and with all due respect, the pool was ushered out.

This Week In Pool Reports

This week in the pool reports, POTUS has car trouble, he passes up the chance to try jump rope and there is a Polish Barney.

  • “President Bush used his appearance at the Hispanic prayer breakfast to keep up the pressure for a comprehensive immigration reform package. It was a welcome message to a friendly audience of Latino religious leaders, given in a familiar formulation and between bouts of presidential throat-clearing. Seasonal allergies or a cold, perhaps?” — Todd J. Gillman, Dallas Morning News

  • “The motorcade had a military helo escort to Fiumicino Rome International Airport, and, surprise, surprise, as Gomer Pyle would say — the 747 AFOne awaited us, after we had been told the runway was too short in Albania for big bird. Maybe a rich uncle built a runway this week? We do share core values.” — Mark Silva, Chicago Tribune

  • “The motorcade from the Vatican to the U.S. embassy moved through busy downtown streets lined with curious onlookers, many packing digital cameras. Dozens and dozens of cops also lined the route. And, here at least, there were no signs of the strong anti-Bush sentiment that pervades this country. Not far from the embassy, the president’s car stalled, stopping the motorcade for maybe five minutes. It eventually started back up and completed the trip. But right at the embassy gates, the limo had troublesqueezing through gate so Bush got out, reportedly waved to the crowd and walked in.” — Michael Fletcher, Washington Post

  • “Teeny news flash: ‘Fine thanks,’ POTUS says, asked how he feels. But he doesn’t look it.” — Sheryl Stolberg, New York Times

  • “We drove down some winding roads to reach the Polish president’s spectacular seaside retreat. It is very wooded — sort of the Polish Camp David — but right on the sea, which is truly sparkling. President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria, along with their dog Titus, a black Barney lookalike, greeted Potus and Flotus at the centerpiece building of this five villa estate.” — Stolberg

  • “Bush spent about a half an hour at the new facilities of the Boys and Girls Club of South Central Kansas, which are very impressive. As we awaited POTUS entry into the spanking new gymnasium, AP White House reporter Deb Reichmann took an impressive whirl in the jump rope line, but Bush declined an offer to join in when he showed up. ‘No thank you,’ he laughed. He noted to one little girl, ‘Looks hard,’ and she concurred, ‘It’s hard.’” — Michael Abramowitz, Washington Post