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Too Many Steves at the White House

FishbowlDC has a post up about last night’s Obama presser mix-up involving two reporters named Steve. The president called on “Steve Koff, the Cleveland Plain Dealer,” but it wasn’t Steve Koff that stood up and asked the question. Instead, it was McClatchy’s Steve Thomma who jumped the gun. Thomma explained: “I just heard him wrong. I heard him say Steve, then what sounded roughly like my last name and wrongly assumed it was me. I immediately turned to grab the microphone from the young aide who was kneeling right next to me and didn’t hear the president add, ‘…of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.’ ”

> FishbowlDC has the rest of the story and video here.

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Pres. Obama’s Healthcare News Conference


What Are You Watching?(survey)

> First question goes to Ben Feller of the AP. He asks about — wait for it — healthcare. How to pay for it, and the deadline to get it passed.

> Really long first answer. Second question goes to David Alexander of Reuters, again on healthcare – the August deadline.

> Third question from Chuck Todd of NBC. Cost of healthcare. And it must be balmy in the East Room as Chuck is looking shiny. Feller of the AP did too. Chuck gets a follow-up.

> Jake Tapper of ABC gets the fourth question. What will Americans have to give up with healthcare reform?

> Chip Reid of CBS gets question five. Taking politics out of healthcare reform.

> Christi Parsons of the Chicago Tribune gets question six and asks the President if he’s fulfiling his promise of transparency.

> Julianna Goldman (Mrs. David Shuster) of Bloomberg News gets question seven and asks whether Obama administration needs to take a harder line on Wall Street risk-takers.

> Question eight goes was supposed to go to Stephen Koff of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Instead, McClatchy’s Steve Thomma asks whether POTUS and Congress would abide by the same benefits in the public option.

> Koff then gets in a quick question ahead of Obama’s trip to Cleveland tomorrow.

> Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times gets the last question and asks about the arrest of Prof. Henry Louis Gates. Obama: “Skip Gates is a friend so I may be a little biased. Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were already in their own home.”

Who Got the Questions Today?

Politico’s Michael Calderone gives the rundown of which reporters got to ask the questions at today’s President-elect Barack Obama press conference:

- NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie
- Chicago Tribune’s Peter Nicholas
- Andy Shaw of WLS-TV (Chicago’s ABC affiliate)
- McClatchy’s Steve Thomma

Earlier: At yesterday’s presser, no tvnewsers got to ask a question.

> Update: FishbowlDC reports there will be another news conference tomorrow.