President-Elect Barack Obama will make his first public appearance in his new role tomorrow afternoon, in what the campaign is calling a “press availability” and not a news conference.
There’s not a lot of precedent in recent history for televised news conferences for the president-elect. It’s happened only three times in the past 20 years, in 1988 with George H.W. Bush, 1992 with Bill Clinton and 2000 for George W. Bush. The first two happened in a different media era, with more of a role for broadcast TV and only CNN as a cable news channel. In 2000, with a 37-day recount process, it was only a short time between Bush was named the president and the inauguration.
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