I Was Wrong, This Isn't Bush's Third Term
"President Obama, who pledged to establish the most open and transparent administration in history, on Monday surpasses his predecessor's record for avoiding a full-fledged question-and-answer session with White House reporters in a formal press conference.
President George W. Bush's longest stretch between prime-time, nationally televised press conferences was 214 days, from April 4 to Nov. 4, 2004. Mr. Obama tops that record on Monday, going 215 days - stretching back to July 22, according to records kept by CBS Radio's veteran reporter Mark Knoller.
The president has seemingly shunned formal, prime-time sessions since his last disastrous presser, when he said police in Cambridge, Mass., "acted stupidly" by arresting a Harvard professor who broke into a home that turned out to be his own. The off-the-cuff comment took over the news cycle for a week, overshadowing his push for health care reform, and culminated in a White House "Beer Summit," where the president hosted white police officer James Crowley and the black Harvard professor, Henry Louis Gates Jr."
"Despite the Obama administration’s directive that agencies presume openness unless the law mandates otherwise, there have been more lawsuits against the government for failing to release federal records during the first year of this administration than during previous years under the Bush administration, The Washington Post reported."
"President Bush was certainly not known for his dedication for protecting endangered species--his delisting of gray wolves, for example, caused a furor among environmentalists, and he notoriously dragged his feet in adding threatened species to the protected list. In contrast, George H.W. Bush added an average of 58 species to the endangered list every year during his presidency. Clinton added an average of 61. Bush added only 11. But Obama is doing even worse--so far, with only two species added, Obama is coming up last."