March 5th, 2012
02:53 PM ET

WH announces Obama news conference

President Obama will hold a news conference on Tuesday at the White House according to a tweet from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. Reporters will likely pepper the president with questions regarding his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the state of the U.S. economy, concern over the ongoing violence in Syria and the race for the GOP presidential nomination. The last time the president opened himself up to a press conference was in November of 2012 at the APEC summit in Hawaii.

Tuesday’s press conference – on the same day as the GOP’s Super Tuesday primaries – has several of us asking – is it coincidence or strategy that the President has had several same day events with Republican candidates lately? For instance – the president addressed the UAW last week touting his successful auto bailout strategy – the same day as important primaries in Arizona and Michigan—home to the auto industry. He also delivered his much anticipated contraception compromise while GOP candidate Mitt Romney addressed the annual CPAC convention in February. And last fall the president requested to address a Joint Session of Congress on the same night as a scheduled GOP debate.  Ultimately he agreed to move his address to the following evening. A counter programming strategy or simple happenstance? What do you think?

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  1. Patriot Awesome

    "The last time the president opened himself up to a press conference was in November of 2012"

    Isn't that the future? Come on CNN keep it together, you don't want to give the FOX News fans any ammunition.

    March 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • DCjoseph

      lol hilarious but true!!

      March 5, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • Howard

      CHARACTER = When a man, like Mitt Romney, donates his inheritance to charity ..... CORRUPTION = When a man, like obama, uses the power of the state, to confiscate other people's hard earned money, squanders it, and finances loser companies, in exchange for political contributions, in an effort to get himself reelected.

      March 6, 2012 at 12:53 am |
      • DaveF


        March 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
      • WIMPY38

        TO howard: Romney: Charity begans at home!=Corruption. Obama: when he used the government to BETTER the working man and woman by bailing out AMERICAN jobs and bringing back troops from a 10 year war (longest in U.S. histery). So eat that, howard.

        March 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm |


        March 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
      • John

        Wimpy – Do you have an issue w/Romney giving to charity?

        March 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
      • John

        Wimpy – For every job that the private sector created under George W. Bush, the private sector eliminated 17.3 jobs under Barack Obama. While the private sector job outlook has certainly improved, the economy still must create 3.25 million private sector jobs to break even. Until then, it is disingenuous for the left to claim that President Obama’s economic policies are a resounding success.

        March 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Howee What jobs were created under Bush?
        Mostly it was a massive number of jobs lost.

        March 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • John

      What is your issue with Fox news? If you say they lie, please quote ONE. If you say they are bias, please list ONE name of a person that you think hasn't been on Fox. The lib party line is to bash Fox news, but they never seem to back it up.
      Even libs should be worried about the bias that goes on. All the libs are currently trying to push their agenda with the church rights issue and they are trying to dump Rush. Rush was wrong in what he said, but Ed Schultz did exactly the same thing, except he said it about a married, conservative woman. Last night on MSDNC they actually had Schultz heading a panel to talk about how bad a thing Rush did. Talk about the height of hypocrisy.

      March 6, 2012 at 6:50 am |
      • Lizzie

        It's ok when liberals or democrats do it, it's their right. How many times has a liberal or democrat EVER said he was sorry or wrong. Hint: NEVER,

        March 6, 2012 at 11:43 am |
      • tedlas

        hey Lizzie- i am a progressive (what you call lib) and i AM sorry. I'm sorry took the time to read your comment, and then worse, actually replied to it.

        March 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  2. acdcguy

    Whoopty F'n Do !!!!!

    March 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  3. Lakeisha Jackson

    PLEASE tell me you have more class than to schedule a press conference on Super Tuesday, Mr. President? You'll end up looking like a young child showing off to steal attention at his older brother's birthday party. We need you to continue to look Presidential and act like a LEADER, sir....not like a petulant kid. (Don't your campaign staffers have more sense than this?)

    March 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  4. jerry

    on super tuesday..hahaha ever the headline if he could just do something about the wars in the middle east and our economy and and and...the sales/snow job continues.

    By the way...lets see if anyone asks him the hard other presidents...

    March 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • Joey

      He MAY get one or two hard questions but the rest will be softballs. He knows full well the media is in the tank for him.

      March 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
      • stuball

        No unexpected questions... Obama has always had "plants" in the audience upon which were pre-selected to ask pre-established questions.

        I think he is told to hold his chin higher than his adams-apple at all times.

        March 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
      • NOvember2012

        soon the media bias will be so obvious it will begin to hurt them....and even they will have to do some journalism for a change. When the GOP begins to run against obama it is going to get real nasty and obama is not going to like to answer for his lack of leadership, croney capitalism, failed foregjn policy, wars, jobs, EPA and FDA overreach, Justice dept overreach, foreign assinations...and on and on and on. And to Gov Romney they will find little dirt and will contrive as they will...and look really ugly and small. It's going to be fun n to watch obummer's covers thrown back.

        March 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
      • John

        November 2012 – I don't think you are getting it. The repub nominee will need to run against the BO and the bias news media. Many, many things will be covered up if it appears like it will hurt BO and many,many things will be put forth as phoney issues to deflect things away from BO. It has been happening for 3+ years now. It is only going to get worse. The media and the Unions are in bed w/BO. It won't be easy to overcome these two powerful political assets.

        March 6, 2012 at 6:56 am |
      • WIMPY38

        I see that ignoramas, NOvember is still without a job. He's on here constantly using his parent's electricty no doubt.

        March 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      Jerry, which other Presidents? Example of which hard questions? The media has already been harder on this President than any other President EVER! How in the world do you think you have the option to pick apart, denounce, try to debunk each and every step he takes towards trying to do ANYTHING? No other President has Ever been so forthcoming and critiqued as this one has! By you, nor the media. They simply didn't put everything out here to BE denounced. Whenever we knew anything the steps were already being taken! If we complained at all back then, it wasn't pressed, focused and played down by the media, nor the citizens of the US like they are being repetitiously now-a-days, and you know it. Many liberals and cons complained about many of the decisions Bush made, but did it make a difference?? NO! They went right on doing what they wanted to do. Hard questions for Bush were always followed up by stupid answers and hee-hee-hee! So what are you trying to say?? Bush always said something stupid or else it was something 'smart-mouthed'! He and Cheney didn't give a rats a** what you thought! So stop playin!

      March 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
      • John

        "The media has already been harder on this President than any other President EVER!"
        Even a hard core, card carrying lib like you can't really think this is true.

        March 6, 2012 at 11:06 am |
      • Lizzie

        What you're having for dinner or what tie to wear, who he is playing basketball with, or where he will go on vacation, are hard questions.

        March 6, 2012 at 11:38 am |
  5. sheryl

    He is the President, he can call a News Conference whenever he wants it up the we the people to view what we think is important to us, which for me it will be his conference.

    March 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  6. george of the jungle

    jerry you wouldn't know a hard question if it hit you in the head. I think is is good strategy to grab as many headlines as you can. Way to go Mr President. Your conferences are much more informative than the repo clowns.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • knowndoyen

      Hey george,
      I think you've hit that tree one too many times. Obama has been a sleeper his whole time in office. He has failed in every way. Obama ran on hope and to reach out across the aisle and change Washington. He has not done any of that. Obama and the Dems have not been able to do the simplest of things and that is passing a budget. Obama is a failed leader. He is done. Most you Dems will come back with this or that. But the facts are the facts. He has run up more debt than any President. The leaders of the world are laughing at us because of Obama.

      March 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • stuball

      Are you really Joe Biden?

      March 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • NOvember2012

      I guess...O'Barry sure can't run on his record can he? NO! So its phoney up time for him...if he had class he would resign and go back where he came from...but, he don't.

      March 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        @NOvember2012...What record did Bush run on when he went back in? Obama has a great record to run on! You and the rest of your ilk hate that with a passion, so you sit up and just continue on the stupid road of denial,....just hoping that you can set a fire with that brew of denial and lies! SICK! Furthermore, if you didn't press Bush to resign, every other future President ought to be free and clear from even the mear mentioning or suggestion of resignation!

        March 5, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
      • Dan5404

        But the Republicans can run on their record of more filibusters than any party in history, more non-related unpopular bills tacked on to otherwise beneficial legislation, more alienation of women, minorities, poor people and the elderly; more record lows of support in Congress; more public recanting of ridiculous and malicious statements...the list is endless. Go ahead boys, run on your record and see another record defeat in November.

        March 6, 2012 at 1:25 am |
    • jerry

      gas prices Jan 2009 $1.84 gal... long term unemployed up 184% since obama took over...poverty up 9.4%..household income down stamp recips up 35%...oh and black unemployment up about the middle east...and oh the national debt...and we can go on and on and on.... President Bush did have a record to run on compared to this mess...makes the Bush years look like an economic boom!

      March 5, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
      • Greg Starcevich

        How can you say that jerry when Bush was the one that put the US in the tank with his TAX cuts for the rich and all the job losses before he left office . as the gas prices , its a world problem not just about the USA and Obama did not cause that either. and food stamps you say , at 700,000 unemployed every month before Bush BAG left office and you want to blame Obama . What are you smoking boy

        March 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
      • Obama'sbiggestfan

        your in denial wake up find
        the true facts and stop listening to the rhetoric.

        March 6, 2012 at 1:19 am |
      • John

        Greg – For every job that the private sector created under George W. Bush, the private sector eliminated 17.3 jobs under Barack Obama. While the private sector job outlook has certainly improved, the economy still must create 3.25 million private sector jobs to break even. Until then, it is disingenuous for the left to claim that President Obama’s economic policies are a resounding success.

        March 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  7. Nothiga

    Super Tuesday is merely a step towards imposing the least unelectable candidate on the GOP base.

    March 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
  8. Voice of Reason

    Well, it's obvious that its planned. Notice how he never puts his foot in his own mouth? Its ultimately the same reason that the scheduling isn't a coincidence either, it's well thought out and planned ahead of time.

    March 6, 2012 at 12:11 am |
  9. Name*Liz Carter

    Economic boom?? I guess you're 'looked' like an economic boom, alright!! LOL!! Yep they fudged the books, and painted a picture to us and the world that we were all doing just dandy, everybody was progressing and making good livings. They painted the picture that we were right in going to Iraq too!! Everybody was tricked into the housing bubble and when that bubble bursted, that along with mismanagement of federal funds and the borrowing to keep us in Iraq was the end of the 'economic boom'! It turned into the sonic boom!! Don't pay Newt the Brute a bit of attention about the gasoline he's claiming to bring them back down to $2.50 per gallon, nor how much they used to be in 2009. I know they were higher than that during the Bush administration and I also remember they were so high, some stations didn't even have gas! We were watching the news trying to find out which stations did have it! Sitting in long lines when we found a station, to buy that high priced gas and it was way over two dollars! Newt won't be able to do a thing about the gas prices just like they claimed Bush and any other President couldn't! You all act like you forgot that the media made sure that we knew it wasn't Bushs' fault that the prices continued to escalate! Everybody, no matter the party preference was complaining! You cons and we libs both had started complaining. However, all of a sudden the gas price escalation is now Obamas''s no longer the greedy stockholders and speculators...huh? Get can't have it both ways! Jerry, from my research and acquired knowledge throughout my whole life, blacks have had the highest unemployment percentage as it relates to the percentage of black population in America for a long time. Even when we were in the faked good times! Did you expect that number to decrease any faster than they are in a real recession? If we are employed at all, we generally are under-employed...not making a good living wage anyway! Under every other administration, blacks had the highest unemployment rate. Many have just become accustomed to it. We were the highest unemployed even under Bush! Under Clinton we started finding more employment and Bush messed that up, shipping more and more labor jobs overseas! As far as your food stamp stands to reason that more food stamps would be offered by the Obama administration until folks can find jobs....or would you rather them just starve to death?? He has a valid reason to give out more temporary food aid! Bush actually gave out the most food stamps than Obama, and that was supposed to be during 'the good times'! Btw, there are more white people on foodstamps and all of the entitlements than blacks, so you all might want to rethink the thrashing that you keep putting on Obamas' back for trying to keep them in tact! So busy trying to take the bread out of the black Americans mouths, that you will be cutting off your own noses to spite your faces! There'll be more of you living outside and eating at church foodbanks, or out of garbage cans than us! We as a race of people know how to improvise, survive, live on next to nothing, and to do don't get it twisted!

    March 6, 2012 at 12:19 am |
    • Lizzie

      Rewriting history to suit you.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • John

      For every job that the private sector created under George W. Bush, the private sector eliminated 17.3 jobs under Barack Obama. While the private sector job outlook has certainly improved, the economy still must create 3.25 million private sector jobs to break even. Until then, it is disingenuous for the left to claim that President Obama’s economic policies are a resounding success.

      March 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
      • Lefty

        The left THRIVES on being disingenuous John, pass the kool-aid and make mine a double!!

        March 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • John

      Gas prices, 1st 26 months in office. Bush +7%, Obama +67%. It’s a truly remarkable picture – particularly given the way the media attacked Bush for his high gas price increase and then largely refused to attack Obama for his ridiculously insane gas price increase.
      President Bush’s response to $4/gallon gasoline was to lift presidential and congressional moratoriums on expanded drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf, a move that many critics say came too late. But what about Obama?
      Obama’s energy policy is working exactly the way it is designed. This administration knows that unless the price of fossil fuels skyrocket, expensive alternative energy sources, no matter how heavily subsidized, will continue to be unattractive to American consumers.
      The liberal fascination with developing expensive vehicles that run on electricity doesn’t change that: 1) Solar or wind powered vehicles don’t commercially exist; 2) The cars that do run on electricity, or even battery-powered hybrids still require gas; and 3) the high cost of the alternatively fueled vehicles makes them largely insignificant in the auto market and cost-prohibitive to the average consumer.
      Obama must at least end his de facto moratorium and get America back to the domestic supply capabilities we had just two years ago. As Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) told Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in a hearing on oil prices this week: “In January 2009 there were 16 permits issued. The next year there were 12 and this January, only two. We’re so far off the historic level. We’ve got to get it back up as quickly as possible.”

      March 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  10. FedRed

    If you like Obama Care you better read this.......At age 76 when you most need it, you are not eligible for cancer treatmentWhat Nancy Pelosi didn't want us to know until after the healthcare bill was passed. Remember she said, "pass it and then read it!!." Here it is! Obama Care Highlighted by Page Number THE CARE BILL HB 3200

    FEDERAL JUDGE KITHIL IS THE 2ND OFFICIAL WHO HAS OUTLINED THESE PARTS OF THE CARE BILL. Judge Kithil of Marble Falls, TX – highlighted the most egregious pages of HB3200

    Please read this........ especially the reference to pages 58 & 59
    JUDGE KITHIL wrote:

    ** Page 50/section 152: The bill will provide insurance to all non-U.S. residents, even if they are here illegally.

    ** Page 58 and 59: The government will have real-time access to an individual's bank account and will have the authority to make electronic fund transfers from those accounts.

    ** Page 65/section 164: The plan will be subsidized (by the government) for all union members, union retirees and for community organizations (such as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now – ACORN).

    ** Page 203/line 14-15: The tax imposed under this section will not be treated as a tax. (How could anybody in their right mind come up with that?)

    ** Page 241 and 253: Doctors will all be paid the same regardless of specialty, and the government will set all doctors' fees.

    ** Page 272. section 1145: Cancer hospital will ration care according to the patient's age.

    ** Page 317 and 321: The government will impose a prohibition on hospital expansion; however, communities may petition for an exception.

    ** Page 425, line 4-12: The government mandates advance-care planning consultations. Those on Social Security will be required to attend an "end-of-life planning" seminar every five years. (Death counseling..)

    ** Page 429, line 13-25: The government will specify which doctors can write an end-of-life order.
    HAD ENOUGH???? Judge Kithil then goes on to identify:

    "Finally, it is specifically stated that this bill will not apply to members of Congress. Members of Congress are already exempt from the Social Security system, and have a well-funded private plan that covers their retirement needs. If they were on our Social Security plan, I believe they would find a very quick 'fix' to make the plan financially sound for their future."

    March 6, 2012 at 10:41 am |
  11. Charlie from the North

    You can spin it any way you would like, when it comes down to it the GOP is wrong for America this time. They have been hijacked by a the radical Tea Party and it show in their rhetoric and ideas. They will recover, after all the hippies did the same to the Democrats back in the 1970s and they survived. I don't see how the regular moderate Republican (there are, and stop smirking) can stand these choices before them. Since Huntsman left there is not an adult in the whole bunch. Sorry GOP, try again in 2016.

    March 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  12. Lefty

    Until there is a vialble electric or other powered vehicle we'll need petroleum. All the wishing and subsidizing can't change reality. If the Volt cost only $5,000 it might have a chance. Reliability also is a big concern for consumers and the Volt fails in that category as well, many drivers report that it falls short of the expected driving range listed by GM. For city driving I don't see why the compressed air car can't work, just pull into a gas station and refill your air. Whoever does solve the problem will stand to make billions.

    March 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  13. concernedjoy

    I've been sitting here listening to Obama's speech, and one reporter asked him several questions regarding the comment Rush Limbaugh made against Ms. Fluke, who appeared before Congress to talk about contraception for women. Then the reporter wanted to know basically (can't remember word for word) why the liberals are not condemned for attacking conservative women. Obama answered each question, basically said women should be able to voice their concerns without being demonized by the press, talk show people, etc. He said he would like to think his girls could voice their opinions when they're older, without any name-calling. He totally ignored the part about conservative women being demonized, called filthy names, etc. by saying he can't comment on everything said out there – that is up to the journalists and news reporters! There is no way that man will stand up for ALL women! So much for people who say he for ALL people. Not true! And this news conference proved it!

    March 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
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