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  Presidential News Conferences: Coolidge - Obama

President
Year solo joint Total average/
month
average/
year
regular prime-time
Calvin Coolidge

Totals

      407 6.07 72.90
1923-24       92    
  1925       88    
  1926       79    
1927       80    
1928-29       68    
Herbert Hoover Totals         268 5.58 67.00
  1929       78    
1930       86    
  1931       62    
1932-33       42    
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Totals

      881 6.05 72.66
1933       81    
1934       73    
1935       59    
1936       67    
1937       73    
1938       86    
1939       84    
  1940       89    
  1941       78    
  1942       66    
  1943       58    
  1944       54    
  1945       13    
Harry S. Truman Totals       324 3.48 41.73
1945       40    
1946       53    
1947       38    
1948       31    
  1949       47    
  1950       39    
  1951       39    
  1952-53       37    
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Totals

      193 2.01 24.13
1953       23    
1954       33    
  1955       19    
  1956       24    
  1957       25    
  1958       21    
1959       31    
1960-61       17    
John F. Kennedy Totals       65 1.91 22.89
1961       19    
  1962       27    
1963       19    
Lyndon B. Johnson

Totals

      135 2.18 26.16
1963-64       35    
  1965       17    
1966       41    
  1967       22    
1968-69       20    
Richard Nixon Totals 29 10 0 39 0.59 7.03
  1969 6 2 0 8    
  1970 2 4 0 6    
1971 6 3 0 9    
1972 6 1 0 7    
1973 7 0 0 7    
  1974 2 0 0 2    
Gerald R. Ford

Totals

36 3 1 40 1.36 16.32
  1974 4 1 1 6    
1975 18 1 0 19    
1976-77 14 1 0 15    
Jimmy Carter Totals 52 7 0 59 1.23 14.75
1977 22 0 0 22    
  1978 18 1 0 19    
  1979 10 2 0 12    
1980-81 2 4 0 6    
Ronald Reagan

Totals

15 31 0 46 0.48 5.75
1981 6 0 0 6    
  1982 3 5 0 8    
  1983 0 7 0 7    
  1984 0 5 0 5    
  1985 1 5 0 6    
1986 2 5 0 7    
1987 1 2 0 3    
1988-89 2 2 0 4    
George Bush Totals 89 2 46 137 2.85 34.25
  1989 27 1 3 31    
  1990 29 0 7 36    
1991 21 0 21 42    
1992-93 12 1 15 28    
William J. Clinton

Totals

59 3 131 193 2.01 24.13
1993 11 1 26 38    
  1994 16 1 28 45    
  1995 8 1 19 28    
  1996 6 0 16 22    
  1997 7 0 14 21    
1998 2 0 11 13    
1999 6 0 12 18    
2000-01 3 0 5 8    
George W. Bush Totals 49 4 157 210 2.18 26.25
2001 4 1 14 19    
  2002 3 0 17 20    
  2003 3 1 22 26    
  2004 5 1 18 24    
  2005 8 1 24 33    
2006 11 0 19 30    
2007 10 0 20 30    
2008-09 5 0 23 28    
Barack Obama

Totals

39 4 57 100 1.67* 20**
  2009 7 4 16 27    
  2010 10 0 9 19    
  2011 8 0 12 20    
  2012 6 0 6 12    
  2013 8 0 14   22    
Through: January 20, 2014  2014 0 0 0   0    
*based on 60 months in office from 1/20/09 to 1/20/14 (100 conferences)
**based on 5 years in office from 1/20/09 to 1/20/14 (100 conferences)

Average News Conferences per Year


Citation: Gerhard Peters. "Presidential News Conferences." The American Presidency Project. Ed. John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters. Santa Barbara, CA: University of California. 1999-2014. Available from the World Wide Web: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/newsconferences.php.

Data Sources:
• Coolidge data from Lyn Ragsdale, Vital Statistics on the Presidency (Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 1998), 170-71.
• Roosevelt - present data compiled by Gerhard Peters, The American Presidency Project.



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