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No Follow Up

February 12, 2009

“President Barack Obama’s first prime-time press conference was most remarkable for how he borrowed a page from his predecessor, refusing to accept follow-up questions. . . . Bush was obsessed with avoiding follow-up questions, knowing that it is an effective tool for getting him off script.
“In last night’s press conference, Obama cut off any attempt by reporters to follow up his answers to their questions. If he intends to maintain this Bush policy, reporters must work together and agree to ask the obvious follow-up to the previous question as they take their turns. Otherwise, these press conferences are nothing but one-sided speeches.”
– Congressional Quarterly’s Carl Crawford (Hat Tip to Political Diary)

Former President Bush was wrong not to take ‘follow ups’ and so is President Obama.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 13, 2009 10:20 am

    After 10 minute answers, who had time for follow ups? It is the advantage of being a sitting senator, you know how to filibuster.

  2. February 13, 2009 10:22 am

    Edit note, change that to having been a sitting senator.

    The WH press core is not used to someone like President Obama. He will run circles around them for a few months.


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