Here’s What’s Happening at Obama’s End of Year News Conference
December 19, 2014
Last year, President Obama’s end of year press conference began with a sharp question: “Was this the worst year of your presidency?” One year later, at his presser before departing for Hawaii, Obama shouldn’t be expecting much better.
It’s been a taxing political year for the president. His party lost control of the Senate and the Republicans have gained more seats in the House. Without action from Congress, Obama moved forward without them as he sought to protect millions of immigrants from deportation with a stroke of his pen. It’s been a year marred with unforeseen racial tensions at home and the rise of ISIS abroad. In his final press conference, however, Obama is trying to establish that he may be facing his final two years with a Republican-controlled Congress, but he’s not prepared to be a lame duck just yet.
And ever-true to his year-end style, the president began with cheese. “All I want for Christmas,” he said, “is to take your questions.”
With just eight questions, the conference was shorter than expected. And the president only called on female reporters.
We’ll update live here as the conference wraps up.