President Obama will hold a press conference at 12:45 p.m. today to
discuss his administration's response to the oil spill that is still
spreading through the Gulf of Mexico and onto the fragile
coastline. Giving his first full-fledged White House press conference in 308
days, Obama is expected to try to overcome criticism that the White House
has not done enough
and that his administration has been too deferential to BP
Here's what to watch for.
- Look Out for Obama's 'Comfort Level' CBS News' Mark Knoller
anticipates that "Most [questions] will focus on the oil spill and criticism
that he was slow to respond to the crisis, a charge his immediate
predecessor faced in 2005 in the days after Hurricane Katrina. Also keep
an eye on what you perceive to be the president's comfort level as he
faces questions on other matters."
- Obama Must Show He's Mad The Washington Post's Jonathan
Capehart insist that Obama "must show that 'plug the damn hole'
frustration publicly." Capehart explains, "He has to show that anger to
the press. And then he has to detail all of the things he and his
administration have done over the past month. I'm talking federal money
and staff hours spent trying to contain this unprecedented catastrophe."
Address Closeness With BP NBC News explains, "Mindful of growing public criticism of
its oil spill response, the government has sent its top scientists like
[Steven] Chu into the room with BP to supervise the top kill planning
and the alternatives if it fails. The White House
pressure, however, coincides
with a new government report that points to a 'cozy relationship'
between the oil industry and the agency meant to regulate it."
Obama's Last Press Conference Went USA Today's Mimi Hall recalls, "The last
time the president had a major press conference: July 22, 2009. That
event landed him in the Rose Garden nine days later for a 'beer summit'
with Henry Louis Gates, the African-American Harvard professor, and
James Crowley, the white Cambridge, Mass., cop who arrested him at his
- Why the Long Gap? Fox News' James Rosen posits, "The
dwindling frequency of these East Room extravaganzas stems in part from
the fragmentation of the prime-time TV viewing audience, said analysts
of the presidency and the news media. It is now split between broadcast
and cable, video and on-demand options, and has hundreds more channels
to choose from than the three networks that solemnly aired President
Kennedy's winning quips, or Dan Rather's confrontations with President
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