Obama's First Press Conference: Mission Accomplished?
By Chris Cillizza
Barack Obama used his first press conference since winning the presidential election earlier this week to sound a reassuring note on the economy even while acknowledging that he has limited tools at his disposal to turn things around before he formally takes office in January.
"I do not underestimate the enormity of the task that lies ahead," Obama said during his prepared remarks that reinforced the somber certitude toward the economy he adopted over the course of the fall campaign.
Later, however, in response to a question from AP's Nedra Pickler, Obama insisted that in his first 100 days he could do "an enormous amount to restore confidence" on the economy.
The visuals of the event (as they had during the long campaign season) were designed to reinforce the message being sent by Obama during his prepared remarks. He was flanked by his economic transition team -- a diverse group that includes Google CEO Eric Schmidt as well as Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Robert Reich, the Secretary of Labor during the Clinton Administration. Directly to Obama's right stood Vice President-elect Joe Biden while to his left was newly announced chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.
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Posted at 4:28 PM ET on Nov 7, 2008
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