Those interviews were largely filled with predictable softball questions, though it should be noted that one Colorado news anchor drew wide praise for aggressively questioning the president over conflicting White House accounts in the aftermath of the Benghazi attack.
The president also showed a preference for more light-hearted forms of media during the course of the campaign, granting interviews with comedians Jon Stewart and Jay Leno, daytime talk show "The View," and MTV's Sway Calloway.
Again, Obama aides stressed the president was likely to reach more undecided voters through these programs than traditional news shows. But critics, including some who are part of the very press corps Obama appeared to be ignoring, questioned whether the president was attempting to dodge more hard-edged questions.
Indeed, White House press secretary Jay Carney was asked last week if the president's more or less avoidance of the White House press corps over the last eight months showed a "certain amount of disdain" for them.
"Absolutely not," Carney replied. "Absolutely not. The president was out there campaigning for re-election and giving interviews daily to reporters ... from news organizations across the country, from regional newspapers and television stations, and answered a lot of tough questions."