Obama Grants Five Network Interviews
By Anne E. Kornblut
President Obama might have wished he had picked a different day for a round of interviews.
But with five major network sit-downs scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, just hours after Thomas A. Daschle's surprise withdrawal as the nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Obama had no choice but to face the news. And so, in rapid-fire succession, he did -- answering questions about Daschle, the economic stimulus package and, yes, the as yet unfulfilled puppy promise.
The content of those interviews belongs to the networks themselves, and the material is embargoed until they air (in most cases, transcripts are about to be released any minute now). But reporters sitting in the White House briefing room were able to catch a few sentences here and there, and heard some of the banter between the network anchors and Obama. (Grandchildren, cars and vacations were discussed). And for a few hours, the briefing room had some added glamor, as CBS's Katie Couric, ABC's Charles Gibson, NBC's Brian Williams, CNN's Anderson Cooper and Fox News' Chris Wallace traipsed through for their interviews.
Each of them had about 15 minutes to talk to Obama. Transcripts are on their way. And yes, Obama made news, so stay tuned.
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