At his final news conference of the year, President Obama only takes questions from female reporters in press corps, which historically has been comprised primarily of men. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama made news on Friday (December 19), not only for the answers he gave at his end of the year press conference - but also for the questions he fielded, because he only took them from female reporters. In a statement, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said it was by design. "The fact is, there are many women from a variety of news organizations who day-in and day-out do the hard work of covering the President of the United States. As the questioner list started to come together, we realized that we had a unique opportunity to highlight that fact at the President's closely watched, end of the year news conference," Earnest wrote. The eight women who asked questions were: Carrie Budoff Brown from Politico, Cheryl Bolen from Bloomberg, Julie Pace from Associated Press, Lesley Clark from McClatchy, Roberta Rampton from Reuters, Colleen M. Nelson of the Wall Street Journal, Juliet Eilperin of the Washington Post and April Ryan from American Urban Radio. Twitter took notice as the President called questions and many took pleasure in seeing the work of female reporters highlighted in press room. The eight women the President called on were also all print reporters.