File photo of Hearst White House columnist Thomas asking a question to U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington

 
File photo of Hearst White House columnist Thomas asking a question to U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington
Hearst White House columnist Helen Thomas poses a question to U.S. President Barack Obama during his first news conference as president in the East Room of the White House in Washington in this February 9, 2009 file photo. Thomas, who has covered every U.S. president since John F. Kennedy, abruptly retired on June 7, 2010 amid a storm of criticism over her controversial remarks about Israel. Picture taken February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Jim Bourg/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MEDIA)