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-- surprise or even -- you to learn that it has been almost two months since President Obama took questions plural.
From the reporters assigned to cover him each day.
Two months in an election year.
Tonight chief Washington correspondent James Rosen looks at how that contrasts with the presence predecessor and his current Republican challenge.
So would that.
I'm -- -- -- would mental ability.
And that's seven weeks ago was the last time President Obama faced sustained questioning by the white house press corps.
When he called on three reporters to be exact much has occurred since including this now famous moment and us.
Yeah but from the seasoned reporters who cover him day in and day out in this election cycle President Obama has answered only one question across that span and that was on Monday about the sikh temple massacre in Milwaukee.
Otherwise the president's questioners have been limited to Charlie Rose ESPN two and four local TV affiliates three from the swing state of Ohio.
The president you know they.
I'm for the president will be taking questions from you.
In the relatively near future Galanter got two questions efficient.
Bush held few were solo news conferences than President Obama but held roughly three times as many impromptu Q&A sessions.
We consider extending good feeling Keith Coughlin has been covering the White House since 1997 and now at its White House dossier dot com.
He described the Obama team as nixonian in its efforts to intimidate the press corps and said his colleagues are oddly silent about it.
I've never seen a president who is so inaccessible.
To his own press corps occasionally we'll get on the phone and he cursing out a reporter for a -- that they know full well is a legitimate story and I think that fifth.
This were bush who were doing that I think I honestly think you would hear.
A lot more protests.
You're wrong Brett and another is that it that that Mitt Romney is no more enamored of the press and although we gave -- interviews to national outlets and fielded two questions from the British press during his overseas tour last month.
Both Romney's traveling press corps and traveling Press Secretary openly vented their frustration.
Governor Romney just a few questions sir you haven't taken but three questions on this trip from the process goes I respect -- -- have another chance that question.
And this is -- site -- people.
So from his back.
The recent president to -- the most solo news conferences and a single term.
Was George Herbert Walker Bush with 72 and the chief executive who had the most impromptu Q&A sessions.
Was his successor Bill Clinton was nearly 500 across his two terms -- Our James thank you.
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