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Right Wing: Obama Finally Braves the Press Corps; Sestak, Not BP, the New Obsession

Even before Obama spoke at a press conference today, conservative bloggers were on the attack. Why? Because Obama hasn’t given any press conferences since last summer, nearly 10 months ago.

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President Obama at his White House press conference on Thursday (Mandel Ngan/AFP-Getty Images)

Even before Obama spoke at a press conference today, conservative bloggers were on the attack. Why? Because Obama hasn’t given any press conferences since last summer, nearly 10 months ago. 

“After 309 days, Barack Obama will finally venture out to face the national media,” wrote HotAir.com’s Ed Morrissey. He says while BP would be the primary issue on the agenda, reporters would not limit their questions to the oil spill. “This is why the White House has shielded Obama from these events—as well as the disastrous fallout from his off-the-cuff response to the arrest of his friend Henry 'Skip' Gates at the last press conference.” 

As expected, the oil spill was the focus of Obama’s—and the gathered reporters—attention. But after the presser conservative media outlets had more to say about Joe Sestak and the Arizona immigration law than Obama’s remarks on the spill. Experts on Fox News questioned how Obama could hang Arizona out to dry when saying it was up to private citizens to determine whether to boycott the state over its new immigration law.

But Sestak is taking center stage. During the presser, Fox News’s Major Garrett pressed Obama on whether his administration offered Joe Sestak a top job in order to get him to drop out of the democratic Pennsylvania Senate primary.

The Fox News blog writes: “President Obama said he can assure the public 'nothing improper' took place and he also said there will be an official statement shortly. And since the President knows 'shortly' in Washington can mean anything he clarified "There will be an official response shortly on the Sestak issue which I hope will answer your questions. You will get it from my administration. So, and when I say shortly, I mean shortly. I don't mean weeks or months." 

Conservative bloggers are not appeased. Michell Malkin writes, “Obama Responds to Sestak Scandal: Just Trust Me.” She has written extensively on what she calls “Team Obama’s blubbering denials.” Malkin did actually react to Obama’s comments on BP as well, in characteristic style: “Of Obama’s oil spill remarks: Bush at fault. Cozy regulators at fault. Solution: More government, no more drilling. Obama defends his sluggish response by criticizing dumb Americans. Bottom line: You all are too stupid and uninformed to realize that this has been his 'highest priority' and that the White House has been 'singularly focused' on the oil spill.” 

While Obama may want everyone to focus on BP, expect the next few days to see the news “singularly focused” on Sestak.

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