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President’s Final News Conference of 2013

Obama1213President Obama held his final news conference of 2013 “The most wonderful press conference of the year,” he joked. The broadcast and cable news networks all carried the president’s remarks and the newser.

The president began talking about the growing economy, end-of-the-year congressional compromise and thanked the military for their “service and sacrifice.”

“Jay [Carney] prepared a list of who’s naughty and nice. We’ll see who made it,” said the president as he took questions from:

Julie Pace, the AP, asked whether, given his low approval numbers, “Has this been the worst year of your presidency?” “I got to tell you, Julie, that’s not how I think about it,” said the president.

Mark Felsenthal of Reuters got the second question and asked about the NSA and revelations throughout the year of the extent of surveillance.

Ed Henry of Fox News got the third question and asked further about the NSA, and whether the president had underestimated and was unaware of the scope of the surveillance programs. The president and Henry sparred a bit before the president moved on to…

Jon Karl of ABC News got question four and asked about the poll numbers and asked the president what his biggest mistake has been of 2013. “There’s no doubt that when it came to the healthcare rollout… the fact is it didn’t happen in a way that was at all acceptable. Since I’m in charge, we screwed it up.”

“I promise you, I probably beat myself up even worse than you or Ed Henry does on any given day. But, I’ve also got to wake up in the morning and make sure that I do better the next day.”

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President Obama News Conference Amid Government Shutdown, Debt Limit Crises

ObamaCNN1President Obama will make a statement and take questions from the news media at 2pmET, says the White House. The broadcast and cable news and business networks will carry the news conference. This is day 8 of the government shutdown, while another potential crisis, the debt ceiling, is fast approaching.

NBC News will provide a special report anchored by Natalie Morales with Chuck Todd at the White House. (Brian Williams is scheduled to interview Jeb Bush at Education Nation). On ABC George Stephanopoulos will anchor and Jon Karl will report from the White House. Scott Pelley will anchor a special report for CBS with Major Garrett at the White House.

2:29pm: After a 14-minute opening statement about the budget negotiation stalemate, and the lack of a deal on raising the debt ceiling, which the president called “a lousy name,” he took the first question from the AP’s Julie Pace.

> The second question goes to Julianna Goldman of Bloomberg.

> Sam Stein of Huffington Post gets the third question.

> Roberta Rampton of Reuters is fourth.

> Ari Shapiro of NPR got the fifth question. He asked about a Supreme Court hearing on  campaign finance law.

> Mark Landler, of the New York Times, went sixth.

> Seventh question when to Richard McGregor of the Financial Times in the waaaay back of the briefing room. The president punted his question to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.

> Steven Dennis of CQ Roll Call got the eighth question and had a meaningful back and forth with the president.

> Before the ninth question, some reporters began asking questions without being called on, to which the president said, “I’m just going through my list guys, talk to Jay (Carney, his press secretary).”

> Mark Knoller of CBS Radio News asked question 10.

> The final question went to a “persistent,” unnamed female reporter in the third row.

3:20pm The news conference ends, without any of the major broadcast TV network correspondents being called on.

Cablers Cover Obama, Cameron Press Conference

Shortly before 12:30pmET, the cable networks went live to the White House Rose Garden, where President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a joint press conference.

After both Obama and Cameron gave opening statements, they opened it up to questions:

  1. Ari Shapiro, NPR — Afghanistan
  2. Joey Jones, Sky News — Afghanistan
  3. Alister Bull, Reuters — Iran (“Can I just point out that somehow Alister gets to ask a question on behalf of the U.S. press corps?” Obama asked, noting Bull’s British accent. “What’s going on with that, Jay [Carney]?”
  4. Tom Bradby, ITV News — Syria