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Libya, Border Violence and NFL Lockout topics at Obama/Calderon Newser

After an opening statement about his meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Pres. Obama gave remarks on the situation in Libya and then took questions. CNN, Fox News and MSNBC all carried the statements and the questions which followed.

The first question went to the AP’s Ben Feller, although his was a three-parter: to Pres. Obama on Libya and the potential for an NFL lockout; and a question to Pres. Calderon on U.S.-Mexico border violence. Obama answered the football question first: “The two parties should be able to work it out without the President of the United States intervening… it turns out I’ve got a lot of other stuff to do.”

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Univision Asks The President a Question, Chip Reid Complains

calderon_obama_5-20.jpgEarlier this week, CBS News’ Chip Reid took issue with the fact that President Barack Obama declined to take questions from the White House press corp while signing the Press Freedom Act.

So you think that he would be happy when Yesterday, the President welcomed Mexican President Felipe Calderon to the White House. The pair held a news conference in the Rose Garden, where they took one question from the American news outlets, and one from the Mexican press. The lucky U.S. outlet was Univision, America’s largest Spanish-language television channel.

Jason Linkins at The Huffington Post writes about how Reid suggests the reason President Obama chose Univision was not because it was a joint news conference with the President of Mexico, but rather so that he could avoid a grilling from the White House press corp about, well, politics.

Writes Reid:

As he and President Calderon turned to walk back toward the Oval Office I asked, loudly enough for him to hear, if he had any comment on the elections. No response.

I then shouted “Do you have any plans for a REAL press conference?” No response, not that I expected one.

And Linkins:

But let’s remember, shall we, that the other attendee was Felipe Calderon, President of Mexico, so it’s hardly beyond the pale for Univision to be called upon in that instance. In fact, one might observe that it was an entirely fitting decision.

But, everyone apparently really wanted to ask about Arlen Specter and what it meant for Obama’s political operation.

CNN Broadcasting From Davos, Too

zakaria_1-30.jpgBesides the business networks (CNBC, FBN and Bloomberg), CNN will also be covering the World Economic Forum from Davos, Switzerland.

Fareed Zakaria — GPS will have reports from Davos, and will air on Sunday at 1pmET. Guests include British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

Following the hour-long broadcast, Christiane Amanpour will host “Dateline Davos: Obama’s World” at 2pmET. The special will have a panel including Sen. Chris Dodd and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshya Zebari. It also airs on CNNI on Saturday at 8am, Noon and 10pmET, and Sunday at 1am and 6amET.

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