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Obama Calls on Only Women, Knocks Sony, In Last 2014 Press Conference

Submitted by on December 20, 2014 – 7:34 pm3 Comments

Between a midterm election shellacking and any number of bungles and controversies, it was a tough year for President Barack Obama. But you wouldn’t have known it looking at the man who appeared in the White House press room yesterday. In a departure from many of his public appearances lately, the president seemed cool and confident as he led a free-wheeling meeting.

Perhaps one of the most notable features of the press conference had nothing to do with what was discussed, but how. In a pre-planned move, the president called only on reporters are “not regularly called on,” i.e. the eight female members of the White House press corp. They are all from print or radio sources, and therefore sit further back than the (all male) broadcast correspondents.

Obama discussed his recent surprise move to overturn 50 years of foreign policy by normalizing relations with Cuba. But he also made less expected comments on the recent Sony hacking scandal, say the studio made a mistake by bowing to less-than-credible threats from North Korea.

“We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States,” he said.

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