FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
President Obama will hold his fourth prime time news conference tonight - after only six months in office. That's the same number that Former President George W. Bush held in eight years.
As the president takes his pitch for health care reform directly to the American people - much like he did for the economic stimulus package - some are wondering if we're seeing too much of him. Politico suggests the challenge for the White House in the coming weeks will be not to overuse the president.
And it's not just press conferences - President Obama has held more than a dozen town hall meetings in eight states, along with one in France. He has also been out with major addresses on everything from the economy to detainees and torture policy, Iraq, and America's relations with the Muslim world. In fact - hardly a day goes by that President Obama isn't on television talking about something.
By one count, President Obama has given more interviews to TV networks than any recent president at this point in his first term. The risk is that people will start to tune him out.
When asked about the president's nine health care speeches in nine days - press secretary Robert Gibbs says: "I don't think he can probably say enough."
That will be for the American people to decide. The president's approval ratings have begun to trend down and are now at the lowest point of his presidency - 56 percent.
Here’s my question to you: Does President Obama risk overexposure in the media?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Mitzie from Georgia writes:
I am happy to hear the president give me an update. We went eight-years with nary a nod from the former president (unless of course you were a Republican supporter). I happen to believe that the president owes us his time and owes us an explanation. I am grateful for every presidential media event. I get to learn what President Obama thinks, not what the media wants me to think he is thinking.
Pat from Lexington, Kentucky writes:
Yes. I'm already hitting the mute button when I see him at a microphone. I wish he would be a little less "transparent" – maybe just go in his office and stay there for a few days. I'm an avid Obama supporter and I need health insurance but I also need a break from seeing and hearing him every single day!
I can only speak for myself, Jack, but I am so sick of seeing his face and hearing his voice – everywhere. At no time during his 'broadcasts' does he encourage us to engage in dialogue with him or ask for an exchange of ideas from 'we, the people'. All he does is constantly preach to us about how we just don't get what it is that he is trying to sell. Please, somebody find his off switch.
Mary Jo writes:
No, he does not risk overexposure. He is the best spokesman he has got for his policies and his agenda. He explains it so that people can understand it and for the first time in a long, long time for most of us, he is believable.
It's not media overexposure, but a reaction to his policies that have turned people off. Tonight he's trying to convince the American people to back health care, but there isn't even a solid health care plan in place.
Gary from Skaneateles, New York writes:
How dare the president continue to keep us updated and informed! Just when we got used to 8 years of secrecy and clandestine operations!