Bush doesn’t like to be grilled by the press as he was (sort of) last night so he doesn’t have many press conferences. If you’ve witnessed him in front of reporters - where he usually looks like a deer caught in the headlights - you know why. After two years and 45 days in office Bush has had 8 press conferences. By comparison:
Bill Clinton had held 30 solo news conferences
George Bush (Sr) had held 58
Ronald Reagan had held 16
Jimmy Carter had held 45
Gerald Ford had held 37
Richard M. Nixon had held 16
Lyndon B. Johnson had held 52.
Bush too isn’t as savvy with the press as Clinton or Reagan were and he can’t take criticism. In yesterday’s press conference he snubbed Helen Thomas the doyenne of the Washington Press Corp who has covered every President since JFK. Why? It probably had something to do with the fact that in an interview she called Bush, "[The] worst president ever,"
Personally, one of the character traits I look for in a President is the ability to embrace your critics and attempt to woo them. Bush plays the childish game of avoiding people he doesn't like all together.
Gaspar Noe’s film Irreversible opened in LA today to fairly negative reviews. Naturally a film with a seven minute real time rape scene won’t be liked by anybody but the film is getting some good reviews - even in the mainstream press. It is as daring as they come and worth a look if you can stomach brutal films. Here's a good short interview with Noe that may pique interest.