President Barack Obama devoted space in his final remarks to the nation in support of press access at the White House.
Space in the president’s speech is valuable, but not nearly as valuable as the physical space in the White House that the press corps uses to do its job.
“You're not supposed to be sycophants, you're supposed to be skeptics, you're supposed to ask me tough questions,” Obama told the reporters packed into the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House. “And having you in this building has made this place work better.”
Having the press working within yards of the Oval Office keeps officials honest and makes them work harder, Obama said. “You have made us think about how we are doing what we do and whether or not we're able to deliver on what's been requested by our constituents,” he said.
Obama’s remarks come in the wake of reports that President-elect Donald Trump is considering moving the press out of its traditional space in the West Wing. Sean Spicer, the incoming press secretary for Trump, has suggested a move to bigger accommodations in another building.
“There's a massive demand to cover this president,” Spicer told reporters on Jan 18, confirming that transition officials had looked at spaces to accommodate more members of the media.
For now, Trump has directed that at least the first press briefing on Jan. 23 be held in the White House briefing room, Spicer said.
“And so we'll look at it going forward, whether or not it makes sense to, you know, go to a room that can accommodate more people,” Spicer said.
A day earlier, Obama’s press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that it was more than just symbolism to have the White House press corps located in the White House.
“But even taking that argument at face value, there is something symbolically important about all of you gathering here every single day to hold people in power accountable, to demand answers, to demand transparency, to demand facts,” Earnest said.
“And your ability to do that is going to be affected if you don't have regular access to the White House, if you're not able to do your job from the White House,” Earnest said.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)