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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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Obama: ‘We Fumbled the Rollout on this Health Care Law’

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Leading up to the president’s remarks on Obamacare, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Speaker John Boehner each held news conferences, which were both carried live on the cable news networks. Pelosi said her caucus was working on an Obamacare fix. A half hour later, Boehner said, it’s “time to scrap this law once and for all.”

20 minutes later, just after NoonET, President Obama gave his remarks in the White House briefing room, which were carried on the cable and broadcast networks. George Stephanopoulos anchored on ABC, Scott Pelley on CBS, Savannah Guthrie on NBC and Martha MacCallum on Fox.

As first reported by CNN’s Dana Bash, the president announced that insurers can extend current plans that would otherwise be cancelled in 2014. He also announced Americans whose plans have been canceled can choose to re-enroll in the same kind of plan.

ObamaACAThe president then took questions, beginning with Julie Pace of the AP, who asked about the Obamacare snafu has further eroded the trust Americans have in their government. “It’s legitimate for them to expect me to win back some credibility on the health care law in particular and on a whole range of these issues in general,” he said.

Major Garrett of CBS News got the second question, and asked two. The first was along the same lines of Pace’s question, the second was about whether the president had been briefed on the pre-launch testing of healthcare.gov: “Had I been informed I wouldn’t have gone out and said, ‘this is gonna be great,’” said the president.

Stephen Collinson of the AFP got the third question and asked about negotiations with Iran.

Birthday boy Roger Runningen of Bloomberg News got the fourth question and asked whether the botched Obamacare rollout is because “you and your White House team are too insular.” “I’ve gotta say I meet with an awful lot of folks and talk to an awful lot of folks every day,” said the president.

Jeff Mason of Reuters asked about politics: “How concerned are you that this flawed roll out may hurt democrats in the midterm elections and your ability to advance other priorities such as immigration reform?”  Obama: “I’ll let you guys do a lot of the work on what this means for various political scenarios.”

The president concluded at 12:54pmET.

President Obama News Conference Amid Government Shutdown, Debt Limit Crises

ObamaCNN1President Obama will make a statement and take questions from the news media at 2pmET, says the White House. The broadcast and cable news and business networks will carry the news conference. This is day 8 of the government shutdown, while another potential crisis, the debt ceiling, is fast approaching.

NBC News will provide a special report anchored by Natalie Morales with Chuck Todd at the White House. (Brian Williams is scheduled to interview Jeb Bush at Education Nation). On ABC George Stephanopoulos will anchor and Jon Karl will report from the White House. Scott Pelley will anchor a special report for CBS with Major Garrett at the White House.

2:29pm: After a 14-minute opening statement about the budget negotiation stalemate, and the lack of a deal on raising the debt ceiling, which the president called “a lousy name,” he took the first question from the AP’s Julie Pace.

> The second question goes to Julianna Goldman of Bloomberg.

> Sam Stein of Huffington Post gets the third question.

> Roberta Rampton of Reuters is fourth.

> Ari Shapiro of NPR got the fifth question. He asked about a Supreme Court hearing on  campaign finance law.

> Mark Landler, of the New York Times, went sixth.

> Seventh question when to Richard McGregor of the Financial Times in the waaaay back of the briefing room. The president punted his question to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.

> Steven Dennis of CQ Roll Call got the eighth question and had a meaningful back and forth with the president.

> Before the ninth question, some reporters began asking questions without being called on, to which the president said, “I’m just going through my list guys, talk to Jay (Carney, his press secretary).”

> Mark Knoller of CBS Radio News asked question 10.

> The final question went to a “persistent,” unnamed female reporter in the third row.

3:20pm The news conference ends, without any of the major broadcast TV network correspondents being called on.

Coverage Plans for President Obama’s Speech

The broadcast and cable news networks have planned special reports ahead of President Obama’s primetime address tonight. Here’s what they have planned for the speech, which is scheduled for 9pmET.

NBC News: Brian Williams will anchor a special report beginning at 9pmET.

CBS News: Scott Pelley will anchor live coverage of the speech, with chief White House correspondent Major Garrett contributing.

ABC News: Diane Sawyer will anchor coverage beginning at 9pmET.

PBS: Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will anchor. They will be joined after the speech by “NewsHour” analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks.

Fox Broadcast NetworkShepard Smith will anchor beginning at 9pmET. Read more

Pres. Obama: ‘I Have Decided the U.S. Should Take Military Action,’ But Will Seek Congressional Authorization First

In the Rose Garden this afternoon, President Obama said he has decided the United States “should take military action” against Syria, but he said he will wait for an authorization from the out-of-session Congress first.

The Saturday statement, during the long Labor Day holiday sent the news networks into high gear. Wolf Blitzer anchored coverage on CNN, Bret Baier was in for Fox News, Alex Witt anchored on MSNBC and  Richelle Carey anchored on Al Jazeera America. All had their White House and Pentagon correspondents as well as military analysts dialed in for coverage which began before 1pm. CNBC and FBN also carried the statement. The president’s remarks were supposed to have begun at 1:15. He was delayed about 35 minutes.

On the broadcast networks, George Stephanopoulos anchored on ABC along with Terry Moran and Martha Raddatz. On CBS, Jim Axelrod anchored with Major Garrett at the White House and Elizabeth Palmer in Damascus. She is one of the few Western TV journalists in Syria right now. NBC aired two reports during coverage of the English Premiere League. The first anchored by David Gregory at 1:27 previewed with reports form Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Richard Engel. Gregory broke in again when the president spoke, then quickly returned to soccer following the statement.

CNN reports that Syrian State Television also carried the President’s remarks live.

One member of the press shouted a question as the president departed: “Will you forgo a strike if congress disapproves?” There was no answer.

‘I Have a Dream’ 50th Anniversary Commemoration Coverage Plans

As the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream speech” gets underway tomorrow morning, much of the ceremony will be covered live on cable news channels and streamed on news sites, while select portions will also be carried live on the broadcast networks. Here are the plans, so far:

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Scott Pelley will lead CBS News’ live coverage. The Network’s coverage begins on “CBS This Morning” with extensive reports on the anniversary, including a live report from Pelley in Washington, D.C. Pelley will anchor CBS News’ live coverage of Pres. Obama’s remarks on Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be joined by CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, CBS News Correspondent Jeff Pegues from the National Mall, and presidential historian and CBS News Consultant Douglas Brinkley from Washington, D.C. Pelley will also anchor the Evening News” from Washington, D.C.

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ABC News and Yahoo! News will host a first-ever live global broadcast to commemorate the speech. This hybrid digital-television event will be anchored by George Stephanopoulos along with Dan Kloeffler from ABC News World Headquarters in New York beginning at 11a.m. Cokie Roberts and Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree will provide insights and historical context from ABC News Headquarters in New York. Chief National Correspondent and Anchor Byron Pitts will lead the network’s coverage from the Lincoln Memorial. Linsey Davis will join him there. Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas will report from Washington. Senior National Correspondent Jim Avila will report from the White House. ABC is incorporating the hash tag #IMarchFor

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So You Think You Can Spell?

Lawmakers and reporters often spar, but now the two sides will square off in a whole different forum.

FNC’s Ed Henry, CBS’s Major Garrett, and MSNBC’s Howard Fineman are among the DC journos participating in The National Press Club’s Centennial Spelling Bee on September 18 in Washington.  Along with colleagues from Politico, The New York Times, and other outlets, the newsers will compete in a spelling smack down against a team of federal legislators, including Sen. Tim Kane (D-VA) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ).

Held sporadically over the past decades, the spelling bee this year is a celebration of the 1913 NPC event, which also pitted members of Congress against the press, and featured President Woodrow Wilson in attendance.

Tickets are available online, with proceeds benefitting the organization’s nonprofit Journalism Institute, which trains communications professionals and provides educational scholarships.

President Obama Talks Surveillance Reforms At Press Conference

President Obama promised reforms with regard to the oversight of U.S. surveillance measures at a press conference this afternoon.

“It’s right to ask questions about surveillance, particularly as technology is reshaping every aspect of our lives,” Obama says. “It is not enough for me, as President, to have confidence in these programs, the American people need to have confidence as well.”

He proposed more oversight by Congress, more oversight of the FISC court, more transparency, a website to serve as a hub for transparency and forming a group of outside experts.

The conference is being carried live by ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

Julie Pace from the AP got the first question, who asked about the U.S./Russia relationship. Obama said that he does not support boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

NBC’s Chuck Todd gets the second question, and asks whether Edward Snowden is a whistle-blower because his comments led to the changes today, and also whether his relationship with Vladimir Putin has been strained. he said that he does not believe Snowden is a patriot.

CBS’ Major Garrett gets question three, and asks about who the next Federal Reserve Chairman will be.

Wall Street Journal White House correspondent Carol Lee got question four, and asked why the public should trust him on the surveillance issue.

ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl asked whether Al Qaeda has really been decimated, given the recent embassy closings.

Fox News correspondent Ed Henry asks question six, about the healthcare law implementation and the Benghazi attacks.

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Cable News Networks Fodder for Obama, O’Brien at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

The cable news networks were a prime target for both President Obama and Conan O’Brien at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, held at the Washington D.C. Hilton.

Obama kicked off his remarks by acknowledging Fox News senior White House correspondent Ed Henry, the White House Correspondents’ Association president. “Ed, you’re doing an outstanding job,” Obama said. “We are grateful for the great work you’ve done.”

In his remarks, Obama poked fun at CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. “I know CNN has taken some knocks lately, but I admire their commitment to cover all sides of the story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate,” he said. “David Axelrod now works for MSNBC, which is a nice change of pace considering MSNBC used to work for David Axelrod.” Obama joked that Fox News said it was “an insult to Satan” when an actor in the History Channel’s series “The Bible” was noticed for his resemblance to the President.

O’Brien also took aim at CNN and Fox News in his speech. “Speaking of dinner, tonight’s entrees were halibut and filet mignon. Or as John King reported it, lasagna and cous-cous,” he said. “If the President laughs, everyone laughs. And if the Fox News table laughs, a little girl just fell off her bike.”

O’Brien also made fun of NBC, saying the network has had a “rough go of it” of late. “The ‘Today’ show let go of Ann Curry. After being told, Ann Curry said, ‘let me get this straight: Al Roker tells the world that he crapped his pants at the White House, and I’m getting fired?’” O’Brien said.

Earlier in the day, Tammy Haddad hosted the 20th Annual Correspondents Garden Brunch. FishbowlDC has the details of the event, which was attended by Greta Van Susteren, Savannah Guthrie, Norah O’Donnell and Chris Matthews, among many others.

After the jump, watch the “House of Cards” spoof that opened the dinner, featuring Henry, Charlie Rose and Major Garrett. Read more

CBS’ Major Garrett Explains Twitter Tirade

What was CBS News White House correspondent Major Garrett thinking when he tweeted a number of fleeting expletives, directed at some unnamed individual? Our sister blog FishbowlDC has a response from the newsman.

“I should know better than to use Latin on Twitter. I get my imperfect, future perfect and pluperfects all mixed up.”

Garrett (apparently erroneously) tweeted “The fuck I am. That is shirty business what you did. Fix it. I’m not fucking kidding,” yesterday, apparently directed at National Journal White House correspondent Jim O’Sullivan. FishbowlDC has more here.

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