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Obama Only Calls on Female Reporters After Year-End Speech

Eight women asked questions at the conference



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    President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    There was a lot said at President Barack Obama’s annual year-end press conference, but it was who he spoke to during the conference that had people talking.

    The President took questions from reporters at the end of his speech, but he only called on female reporters, a move that set the Twittersphere ablaze.

    Eight women posed questions during the conference, asking Obama about the Sony hacks, Cuba, race relations, the economy and more.

    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed after the event that the move was in fact intentional.

    "The fact is, there are many women from a variety of news organizations who day-in and day-out do the hard work of covering the President of the United States. As the questioner list started to come together, we realized that we had a unique opportunity to highlight that fact at the President’s closely watched, end of the year news conference," Earnest said, according to Politico.

    While seemingly subtle, the move didn’t go unnoticed by viewers.

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