Obama Held Least Number of Press Conferences for First-term Presidents since Reagan

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Obama press conference November 2010 (photo: White House)

President Barack Obama, who pledged to make government more open and accessible, held fewer press conferences during his first term than any president since Ronald Reagan.


Obama met with the White House press corps 79 times over four years. His predecessor, George W. Bush, held 89 press conferences. Bill Clinton had 133, and George H.W. Bush 142.


Reagan held only 27 press conferences during his first term.


When meeting with reporters, Obama demonstrated a preference for fielding questions from certain news outlets over others. ABC led the way with 29 chances to query the president, followed closely by CBS (28), the Associated Press (27) and NBC (26). Rounding out the top 10 were Bloomberg (20), Reuters (17), CNN and The New York Times (16 each), FOX (14) and The Washington Post (11).

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

Obama Ends Term With Fewer Pressers Than Bush Or Clinton (by Donovan Slack, Politico)

FOX Still Shunned at Obama Press Conferences (by Eric Ostermeier, Smart Politics)

Obama Press Conference 3 Grade Levels Higher Than Bush (AllGov)


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