We just don't talk anymore. (getty images)
President Obama today signed the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act, a measure that gives the federal government an oversight role in tracking international press freedom issues. The pool-only event went down in the Oval, where Obama was asked if he would entertain some questions -- specifically about BP.
"Speaking of press freedoms," ventured Chip Reid of CBS News.
"You're certainly free to ask the question," Obama said. "I won't be answering, I'm not doing a press conference today, but we'll be seeing you in the course of the week."
Oh, right. Wednesday's press conference with visiting Mexican President Felipe Calderone. We hear it's two questions per side. Obama strictly limits his availability to spontaneous inquiry from journalists -- but we're still "free to ask."