— CSPAN (@cspan) December 19, 2014
It didn’t escape notice that all eight of the reporters that President Obama called on today were women. Turns out that was by design.
Press Secretary Josh Earnest told the media that both he and the President saw this end-of-year presser, a high-profile event, as an opportunity to take note of the women who are an important part of the White House reporter pool.
“The fact is, there are many women from a variety of news organizations who day-in and day-out do the hard work of covering the president of the United States. As the questioner list started to come together, we realized that we had a unique opportunity to highlight the fact at the president’s closely watched, end of the year news conference,” Earnest said.