Newspapers everywhere may love to feature President Barack Obama in their pages, be it as an op-ed contributor or as an sales incentive, but Obama was showing no newspaper love at last night’s prime time press conference.
The President took a total of 13 questions, none of which were from a mainstream newspaper. After tapping the AP, then the networks, then the cablers, Obama turned his attention to more niche publications such as Stars & Stripes and Univision, arguably because he rightly guessed their questions would skew with topics he wanted to talk about i.e. the military and Mexico border issues. As Michael Calderone points out not calling on any MSM newspaper is a definite departure in White House protocol. But considering Obama seems to be making a habit of asking fewer questions and giving longer answers (this is the second hourlong, 13 question presser), perhaps he is also to be applauded for veering away from the norm.