How Many Press Conferences Has Bush Held?

An interesting exchange during today’s White House press briefing:

    Q Thank you very much. Two questions. President Franklin Roosevelt had “nearly 1,000 press conferences,” according to Time Magazine in April of 1945. And my question —

    MS. PERINO: What does Knoller say? (Laughter.)

    Q My question is, since that averages more than one press conference a week, could you tell us the total number of press conferences held by President Bush?

    MS. PERINO: I couldn’t tell you. But it’s certainly not been that many.

    Q The New York Times reported, “Mr. Obama has indicated he will hold a news conference once a month, but nothing has been set.” Does the President, as an upcoming private citizen, hope that his successor will try to emulate FDR in the number of his press conferences?

    MS. PERINO: I don’t think the President will be providing any advice as to how many press conferences he has.

    Q Well, he certainly would like to see it, wouldn’t he?

    MS. PERINO: He’ll be in Crawford. I don’t think he’ll be worried about it too much.