You think the press would have allowed Bush to get away with this? Of course not, they’d be raising holy hell.
Via White House Dossier:
President Obama has not taken a serious question from the White House press corps in nearly seven weeks, a remarkable string that points to a campaign-style White House operation that is seeking to insulate the candidate from tough cross examination. […]
After a July 26 Cabinet meeting, Obama actually laughed off the prospect of taking a serious question about gun laws.
From the White House transcript:
Q Mr. President, can you tell us, if what the Colorado shooter did was entirely legal, how do you do more on this subject without any new laws?
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. I’m sure we’ll have more opportunity to talk about this.
Q This afternoon is fine. I’m available.
THE PRESIDENT: Thanks. I’ll ask Jay for your number. (Laughter.)