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President Obama Takes Questions From White House Briefing Room

President Obama visited the White House press briefing room this afternoon to speak about the new enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act and take questions from the press. The broadcast and cable networks all had live coverage of the press conference, which began at 3:40pmET.

On the broadcast networks, Brian Williams anchored for NBC, George Stephanopoulos anchored for ABC and Jeff Glor anchored for CBS.

First question goes to Kathleen Hennessey of the LA Times, who asks about Ukraine.

Second question goes to Maria Pena of La Opinion, who asks about immigration reform.

Third question goes to Tamara Keith of NPR, who asks about the ACA.

Fourth question goes to Edward-Isaac Dovere of Politico, who asks about military options in Ukraine.

Fifth and final question goes to David Jackson of USA Today, who asks about problems with the ACA rollout.

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No TV Reporters Called on During Obama News Conference

The broadcast networks joined their cable counterparts carrying Pres. Obama’s news conference from the briefing room this morning. The economy — both domestic and global — was the reason for calling the newser. Lester Holt anchored on NBC, George Stephanopoulos and Diane Sawyer on ABC, and Charlie Rose and Erica Hill on CBS.

Normally very punctual, the president started about 20 minutes late. “He’s probably either talking to somebody about something or oblivious to the time,” joked Bill Plante on CBS. “Who is going to tell him? He’s the boss.”

The president began at 10:40amET and by 10:48, the first question went to Caren Bohan, with the president remarking about her upcoming job change.

“I’ll start with Caren, who is with Reuters, but as we all know is about to go get a fancy job with National Journal and we’re very proud of her, so congratulations to you, Caren. You get the first crack at me.”

Other questions went to Jackie Calmes of the New York Times and David Jackson of USA Today. Jackson asked about national security leaks recently reported in stories in the New York Times. None of the TV reporters were called on, but as the president left the briefing room at 11:07, one said: “Can we ask you about Wisconsin?” He didn’t answer.

CNN’s Ed Henry to Vote for Fox News to get Front Row Briefing Room Seat

Henry_6.9.jpgTVNewser has learned CNN White House correspondent and White House Correspondents Association officer Ed Henry will vote for Fox News to take over the front row White House briefing room seat vacated earlier this week with the abrupt resignation of Helen Thomas.

Henry is one of three officers on the WHCA, the others being Ed Chen of Bloomberg and David Jackson of USA Today. Other board members include Doug Mills of The New York Times, Steve Scully of C-SPAN, Don Gonyea of NPR, Julie Mason of the DC Examiner and Caren Bohan of Reuters.

CNN only got a front row seat after the renovations of the James S. Brady briefing room in 2007. CNN was awarded the seat due to seniority — 27 years on the air at the time. We’re told Fox News supported the move then. And now, as the #1 cable news network and almost 14 years on the air, this may be FNC’s time.

“Tapper Did What Few White House Reporters Do”

JTapper.jpgABC’s Jake Tapper is being called a “mensch” — a Yiddish term loosely meaning a “good guy” — by Mother Jones‘s David Corn after yesterday’s Presidential press conference.

Corn lauds Tapper for following up on what Tapper felt was a colleague’s unanswered question. “Before I ask my question,” Tapper said after President Obama called upon him at the presser, “I’m wondering if you could actually answer David’s. Is the public plan non-negotiable?” He was referring to a healthcare question from USA Today‘s David Jackson.

“That’s your question,” the President replied. “Are you the ombudsman for the White House press corps?” he asked, to laughter.

Tapper repeated Jackson’s question, and the President responded.

Corn writes, “Tapper did what few White House reporters do…[he] held [the President] accountable.

“Too often in the White House press room, reporters work separately, rather than jointly…In this instance, Obama had evaded an important query from Jackson. But when Tapper confronted Obama on this point, the president had a tough time dodging further. (In a similar situation, Bush probably would have continued ducking.) So credit to Tapper for being a team player — and, I suppose, to Obama for being honest about his commitment to a public option.”