If I were the President, I'd develop some rules to make sure that the decorum and dignity of the office he holds and the hallowed building and grounds where the press conferences are held are maintained respectfully. I would do so at the start of the next press conference and I would have the rules take effect immediately. Here's what I think the President should say. My words are in quotation and highlighted:
"Ladies and Gentlemen, now that I've completed my opening remarks, I will receive and respond to your questions in a moment, but first I want to let you know what I expect form you in the press in return for my time. I expect to see a respectful decorum, no more yelling and loud arguing or interruption. I am here to answer questions honestly provided that you receive them and act in a calm and orderly way. Here's how we will accomplish that.
"First, if you wish to ask a question you will remain seated and quiet and raise your hand when I call for it. The, when I choose a reporter to ask a question, that person will stand, state their name and organization and state the question respectfully. Others will put their hands down and I will answer the question and perhaps have a congenial give and take with the reporter at my choosing. If not, when I call for the next question, the same process will be followed for each additional question. Each questioner will be given one question, unless I am open to more in the give and take but my motive is to allow as many different reporters to have the opportunity for a question as time will permit. I don't mind your disagreeing with me, but if you merely try and slip in a gotcha' type question which begins with an obvious negative intent from the start, I will ignore it and you and move on. I am not here for a public argument, I'm here to provide answers that are reasonable and fairly received. I will make it clear when I am reaching the last question and when that give and take is completed, the questioning is over, so then just be respectful and we can wish each other well as it ends.
"I get it that many of you don't like me and/or my policies, and that's okay. But I do have many more who either agree with me or at least want my thoughts on the issues I am tasked with handling. I am the President and you are reporters sent here to gather the news, not to create it. Follow these guidelines and it will be productive, but if you don't, I have no problem with shutting it down in an instant. You do your job and I'll do mine and we'll get along fine. And now that's been settled, are there any questions."
I truly believe that something of this order needs to be said to the press and I also believe that if it took place, the conferences could be much better received by all. Sure, there would be some troublemakers who would cry foul, but they always do. But I truly think that good Americans are fed up with what has been going on and want to see some adult behavior instead of a cackle. Then, again, it's just one person's opinion so take it however you want. But please, members of the press, let's show some dignity and self-respect. Is that too much to expect?