The Ghost of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Obama ‘Least Accessible’ Of Any PresidentPosted: February 26, 2014
A Tuesday panel discussion for the 100th anniversary celebration of the White House Correspondents Association featured veteran journalists – National Journal’s George Condon, ABC News’ Ann Compton, and Reuters’ Steve Holland – agreeing that Obama is the “least accessible” president to reporters.
When asked if Obama is the “least accessible” of any president they have covered, Holland replied, “I would say that.”
Holland added that President George H.W. Bush would notify reporters 30 minutes prior to meeting the press, and then would “come down to the briefing room and take all questions,” Newsmax’s John Gizzi first reported.
When asked how to fix White House access problems, Compton responded, “I think the president has to think that communicating with the press is part of his job.”
Compton, who has covered seven presidents under 17 separate White House press secretaries, said that correspondents have gone “months and months” without seeing the president.
Compton added that access to the president “is far worse” than it has ever been during her career.
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