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Obama Teases ‘Incorrigible’ Chuck Todd For Asking Multiple Questions at Joint Presser

Shortly after 2:30pmET, President Obama and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the podium for a joint press conference from Jerusalem. Fox News, CNN and MSNBC took the press conference live. NBC News was the only broadcast network to offer a special report, anchored by Brian Williams in New York.

Obama and Netanyahu took three questions: one from the Israeli press, one from Matt Spetalnick of Reuters, and one from NBC’s Chuck Todd, who asked about the peace process. Todd asked several follow up questions, which led to an exchange with the President and Prime Minister.

“Do you guys do this in this Israeli press? You say you get one question, and then you add like five?” Obama asked jokingly. “Did you see how the young lady from Channel One — she had one question, and she was very well-behaved, Chuck.”

“I thought I had four questions,” Todd responded. “Passover starts in a couple days. I get four questions.”

“This is not a kosher question, but don’t hog it,” Netanyahu said.

Obama went on to his answer, calling Todd “incorrigible.”

David Gregory joked to Williams afterward, “That Chuck Todd included dietary law and Passover in his question is, I think, news and significant. Something they’ll be talking about in Jersusalem.”

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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.