Monday, February 16, 2009

Obama steering clear of sexism during press conference  

In his first prime-time press conference as president, Obama was nearly perfectly gender balanced. He called on a total of 6 female reporters and 7 male reporters. The first and the last questions were asked by women. One of the women called on was Helen Thomas, a legendary reporter who has asked questions of 10 U.S. presidents, and who, unfortunately, was the target of sexist attacks by Bill O'Reilly. Obama was also the first president to call on a blogger (Sam Stein of the Huffington Post). Here's part 1 of the press conference:

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