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Obama Pitches to the Press

While the imperative in a campaign is to get on TV, print reporters and the Washington media become more important for a president as he tries to reach various localities and Washington constituencies. And coverage of Obama was so intense during the first two weeks that he might not have needed to invite in inquisitors to make his point.

It’s also possible that staff was trying to protect a brand-new president from early gaffes as he warmed up to his job. But Kumar says such errors by a president are unusual.

“Advisers tend to worry about the possibility of making a mistake more than reality requires,” she said. “In reality, presidents generally don’t make mistakes at press conferences, and if they do, the public usually doesn’t care.”

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