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Pres. Obama Concludes First Term With Fewest Press Conferences Since Reagan

President Obama‘s been no stranger to criticism when it comes to press availability. Over the summer in particular, many were dismayed to find the president offering interviews to outlets like People, Glamour, and Entertainment Tonight while seemingly avoiding press conferences. Now, with Obama’s final presser of his first term behind us, the tally shows that Obama has held fewer pressers than his recent predecessors.

Obama had fewer press conferences in his first term than former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George H. W. Bush, according to POLITICO. Presidential scholar Martha Joynt Kumar put Obama’s total number at 79 — which is “10 fewer than George W. Bush, 54 fewer than Clinton and 63 fewer than George H.W. Bush.”

President Ronald Reagan, however, held far fewer in his first term: 27.

The rundown of Kumar’s numbers, per POLITICO:

TOTAL NEWS CONFERENCES (Including joint appearances with foreign leaders)
President Obama – 79
President George W. Bush – 89
President Bill Clinton – 133
President George H. W. Bush – 143
President Reagan – 27

SHORT QUESTION-AND-ANSWER SESSIONS WITH REPORTERS:
President Obama – 107
President George W. Bush – 354
President Clinton 612
President George H. W. Bush – 313
President Reagan – 158

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