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When you sit back and ponder all the ways in which our government's functionality might be improved, you immediately seize upon the notion that if Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke held news conferences, we'd be that much closer to a true democracy, right?

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Following a news conference Thursday in which he voiced resolve and regret over the way the Gulf oil spill has been handled, President Barack Obama visited the Louisiana coast on Friday to see the environmental devastation firsthand and to survey efforts to plug the Deepwater Horizon undersea gusher.

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The president must have had those blue dogs in mind when he attempted to link health care reform to deficit reduction during his press conference Wednesday. At least one pundit called it a defining moment. We embed, you decide.

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The president opened his Tuesday press conference by saying, "The United States and the international community have been appalled and outraged by the threats, the beatings, and imprisonments of the last few days I strongly condemn these unjust actions ".

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President Barack Obama addressed a crowd in Missouri on Wednesday, stating he’s “pleased … but not satisfied” with his first 100 days in office and he's eager to get beyond this “Hallmark holiday” in order to focus on the challenges that lie ahead.

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The most significant moment of Obama's news conference concerned taxes: his defense of proposed limits on the benefits that the well-off get for their charitable contributions and mortgage payments.

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