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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 Holds Final First-Term Press Conference

President Obama began the final press conference of his first term at 11:40 AM ET this morning, and the news of the day was focused on the looming (again!) debt ceiling and deficit fight. The broadcasters carried the presser, as did the cable news channels.

Julie Pace of the AP gets the first question (and a shoutout from the President), asked about gun violence on the one-month anniversary of the Newtown shooting.

Chuck Todd from NBC gets question two, and asks about executive action on the debt ceiling.

Major Garrett from CBS News gets question three, and also asks about the process of raising the debt ceiling.

Jon Karl from ABC News gets question four, and asks about the President using executive action on guns, as well as about long lines for gun shops across the country.

Julianna Goldman from Bloomberg TV gets question five, and asks whether the President is serious about negotiating with House Republicans.

Matt Spetalnik of Reuters gets question six, and asks whether the President is willing to accept a government shutdown.

Jackie Calmes from the New York Times gets the last question, and asks about criticisms of the White House, including asking about having a more diverse cabinet.

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.

Pres. Obama: ‘I Understand There Are Some Political Contests Going on Tonight’

White House correspondents Mike Viqueira (NBC), Ed Henry (FOX), Norah O'Donnell (CBS) and Jake Tapper (ABC) ahead of Pres. Obama news conference, March 6, 2012.

Pres. Obama began his first news conference of the year acknowledging that this not just any Tuesday, it’s Super Tuesday. “I understand there are some political contests going on tonight,” said Obama, bBut I thought I’d start the day off by taking a few questions which I’m sure will not be political in nature.”

After an opening statement on a new housing program, Obama began taking questions from:

1. Mike Viqueira, NBC News – Syria, Iran

2. Jake Tapper, ABC News – Israel/Iran

3. Jackie Calmes, New York Times – Iran

4. Ed Henry, Fox News – Israel/Iran, Gas prices. Obama: “Ed, just from a political perspective, do you think the president of the United States going into re-election, wants gas prices to go up higher? Is there anybody here who thinks that makes a lot of sense?”

5. Aamer Madhani, USA Today – Limbaugh apology: “I don’t know what’s in Rush Limbaugh’s heart so I’m not going to comment on his apology.”

6. Jessica Yellin, CNN – Limbaugh/Fluke, Women voters

7. Lori Montenegro, Telemundo – Latino voters

8. Norah O’Donnell, CBS News – Super Tuesday, Romney criticisms

9. Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times – G8 Summit moving from Chicago to Camp David

10. Unidentified – Nato Summit, Koran Burning

Networks to Carry Pres. Obama News Conference

The White House has announced Pres. Obama will hold a news conference at 11amET. Obama’s most recent news conference was July 15, during a week in which he had two press availabilities.

NBC News will provide a special report anchored by Brian Williams in Washington, DC. Williams is there for The Atlantic‘s Ideas Forum and was to interview VP Joe Biden. Instead, David Gregory will interview Biden. ABC News will produce a special report anchored by George Stephanopoulos in New York. And Bob Schieffer will anchor for CBS News from Washington, DC. Scott Pelley is returning from London this morning. He’d been reporting from Afghanistan earlier in the week and anchored CBS’s Steve Jobs special report from London at 12:46amBST/7:46pmEDT.

> Update: Obama made a 7-minute statement, then took questions:
First question to Ben Feller of the Associated Press.
Second question to Chuck Todd of NBC News.
Third question to Jackie Calmes of The New York Times.
Fourth question to Jake Tapper of ABC News.
Fifth question from Hans Nichols of Bloomberg.
Sixth question to David Nakamura of The Washington Post.
Bill Plante from CBS News gets the seventh question.
Eighth question went to Matt Spetalnick of Reuters.
Ninth and final question (a 3-parter) went to Aamer Madhani of National Journal, who wasn’t expecting to be called on. “Caught you by surprise, huh?” said Obama.