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The President's News Conference

April 30, 1929

THE PRESIDENT. I haven't a single question from the press this morning. Apparently you have no curiosity whatever. So I don't know that I have any starting point for a discussion.

WILLIAM A. DEGROOT

I had an inquiry from one member of the press yesterday with regard to Mr. DeGroot in New York. I haven't yet received a report from the Attorney General on that subject, and therefore I haven't anything that I can add to it.

THE ROLE OF THE PRESS IN NEWS CONFERENCES

But I think you will have to take a part of this labor upon yourselves and indicate some directions in which you would like a little information. A press conference is a conference that works both ways, and I do not know that I can stand up here and deliver orations or essays or mandates or anything of that kind unless I have some suggestions from your side.

So that is all I have on my mind today, I am sorry to say.

Note: President Hoover's seventeenth news conference was held in the White House at 12 noon on Tuesday, April 30, 1929.

William A. DeGroot was United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. See Item 60.

Herbert Hoover, The President's News Conference Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/209514

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