With every new president, the wall between the most powerful man in the world and the people charged with covering him grows higher.
Bill Clinton was affable, known to stop by in the back of Air Force One to chat with reporters — sometimes even speaking only as a “senior administration official” so he could say more and get away with it.
But George W. Bush got burned early on in his presidency by trying to chat up the AF1 journalists when one White House correspondent from a liberal news network reported every word W. said when he was off the record. He never dropped back again.
Things got worse under Barack Obama, who called only on pre-approved reporters during press conferences in which he often ran out the clock, taking an hour to answer seven or eight questions. He also limited sit-down interviews to only the most sycophantic outlets.