President Obama Answers Questions in East Room
President Obama held a press conference at the White House’s East Room Wednesday morning. He took questions for about 65 minutes from ten reporters on a slew of different topics. He started the proceedings with a prepared statement on job creation and deficit solutions.
The news conference was completely dominated by debt ceiling questions from reporters with every network, with the exception of CBS. Other questions ranged from Afghanistan and immigration to Libya and gay rights.
The press conference started with a debt ceiling question. The President was asked if he insisted on tax increases for the rich to be part of the deal. The President talked about the negotiations that were going on over the debt ceiling for about five minutes.
He continued to answer questions about regulation, unions, gay rights, job growth and procedures dealing with captured terrorists. He answered questions at his own pace and was very informative.
President Obama was asked about the proposal presented by John Kerry and John McCain asking for leeway in the Libya situation. The President commended the Senators for bipartisanship and urged other members of Congress to do the same.
President Obama put his foot down when asked again about the debt ceiling and his supposed lack of leadership that Republicans had been saying. The President responded by saying that members of Congress are leaders too. They need to step up and get it done. He also blasted Congress for not being around Washington much, saying there here one week and gone the next. The president kept saying “I’m here”, “You need to be here” and will get it done.
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