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President Obama speaks during a news conference tonight in the East Room at the White House. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

9:05 p.m.

If Obama's first attempt to boost the struggling auto industry is a guide to how he'll be as a primary "shareholder" of one (or more) of the Big Three, he may be able to turn around his ratings on the issue.

In the new NBC-WSJ poll, two-thirds of Americans said the president did the right thing in dismissing GM's CEO and insisting on large changes to the companies plan for recovery. Obama could use the lift: in the Post-ABC poll, 41 percent said they approve of how he's handled the situation with the U.S. automakers, by far his lowest rating in the poll.

--Jon Cohen

9:03 p.m.

President Obama said that his economic stimulus plan and other domestic policy measures should have a disproportionate impact on African Americans and other minorities, who are suffering most from the recession.

Obama, who has been criticized in some circles for not directly addressing racial issues, said that many of his policies, while designed to help all people, will help vulnerable communities the most.

In good times and bad, black unemployment rates are much higher than the national average. Currently, the black unemployment rate is 13.3 percent, while the overall rate is 8.5 percent. Obama's economic stimulus package extended unemployment benefits, brought health care to laid off workers, and made major investments in job training and education -- all of which should help minorities the most, he said.

--Michael Fletcher

9:02 p.m.

Obama's response to a question about whether the White House is doing enough to help struggling African-American communities was to note that many elements of the stimulus plan have disproportionately helped those in need, such as expanded unemployment insurance. This was accurate.

In fact, though, Obama understated the extent to which the stimulus plan was targeted at needy communities and needy families. Dozens of programs within the stimulus package are weighted so that more of the money will go struggling areas -- there is more education funding for schools with many poor students, there is money for weatherizing the homes of low-income residents but none for middle and higher-income residents, and even infrastructure projects such as clean water initiatives are being awarded based partly on the financial need of towns and neighborhoods.

Yet Obama keeps getting questions from the press and lawmakers, such as his successor in the Senate, Roland Burris, about why the White House isn't doing more for African-Americans and others in the most need. Either the money hasn't filtered down yet to make an impact -- or just maybe, the White House hasn't been as blunt as it could be about the degree of targeting that is occurring.

--Alec MacGillis

8:59 p.m.

On immigration, Obama said he would "love to partner" with his 2008 Republican presidential opponent, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), and expected to set up a working group of key lawmakers this year to hammer out ideas for a broad overhaul of the system. Obama said he would make administrative changes in the meantime to show Americans that the government can be relied on to keep its promises to secure the border and uphold the law.

Reflecting Democrats' base among labor and minority groups, Obama emphasized more so than former president George W. Bush -- who tried and failed to achieve such a breakthrough -- the negative effects of illegal immigration to American workers, U.S. wages and undocumented Mexican workers.

But he sounded much like his predecessor in saying he wanted his government to "show we are competent and getting results" by enforcing immigration laws thoughtfully and seriously, "so we're building confidence among the American people that we can actually follow through on whatever legislative approach emerges."

--Spencer Hsu

8:54 p.m.

Obama said he was "humbled" he could not as president simply tell what bankers what to do, suggesting he needed the support of other branches of government.

But at times the administration has taken steps that departed from congressional wishes. For example, the government has structured several of its programs to spur financial recovery in ways that allow participants to escape executive compensation requirements established by Congress in appropriating $700 billion to bail out the financial sector.

--Zachary Goldfarb

8:48 p.m.

Obama expressed confidence that General Motors and Chrysler would both survive the financial crisis as competitive auto makers. He said he hoped "to get the U.S. government out of the auto business as quickly as possible."

But the government for now is only taking a larger role. It is moving toward a deal where Chrysler would receive significant aid from the United States and Canada, where the company has substantial operations. And the government may have to invest billions more in GM as it races to complete a restructuring plan over the next month.

--Zachary Goldfarb

8:47 p.m.

It was interesting to see the president say, in his answer to an abortion question, that he didn't want to create a "straw man" in saying that some abortion rights supporters don't sufficiently appreciate the moral questions at stake on the issue.

Obama has been criticized by Republicans and in the press after his first two press conferences for his tendency to frame the arguments of the opposition in ways that seem to exaggerate them and thereby make them easy to knock down -- by saying, for instance, that Republicans in Congress want to "do nothing" to fix the economy, when in fact Republicans do want to do things, just things very different than what the president wants.

Obama's disavowal of "straw men" tonight suggests he's heard that criticism. That said, it's also worth noting that he showed this self-awareness on a question where he was describing the stance of a group of Democratic allies, abortion rights supporters -- and not Republicans.

--Alec MacGillis

8:45 p.m.

President Obama: "I believe that waterboarding is torture."

CBS-NYT poll: Is waterboarding a form of torture? 71 percent yes; 26 percent no; 3 percent don't know.

Is it sometimes justified? 37 percent yes; 46 percent no; 7 percent depends; 10 percent don't know.

--Jon Cohen

8:42 p.m.

Obama spoke more frankly about the problems of the Pakistani government than his national security team has recently, saying he was "gravely concerned," not because the Taliban was going to "take over," but because "the civilian government right now is very fragile and don't (sic) seem to have the capability to deliver basic services."

But, he said, both the government and the military "are starting to recognize that is their biggest weakness."

Administration officials have been more reticent both in their expressions of public concern in the wake of Taliban advances over the past two weeks, and in their private assessments of whether the Pakistani government has woken up to the urgency of the threat.

Obama's comments follow testimony today by top military officials that approval of the $3 billion military assistance program requested from Congress is crucial to the effort to stabilize Pakistan. "We need to help Pakistan, to help the Pakistanis," Obama said. He said that despite his concern about current battles with the Taliban, he is confident that Pakistan's nuclear arsenal "is secure."

--Karen DeYoung

8:37 p.m.

Obama just declared, "Ultimately I will be judged as commander in chief on how safe I'm keeping the American people. That's the responsibility I wake up with and the responsibility I go to sleep with."

So far he gets good marks on the core commander question -- 56 percent in the new Post-ABC poll said he is a good military chief -- and there's also little evidence that GOP claims that the country is less safe because of Obama's policies have significant traction: more said Obama's actions have made the country safer from terrorism than less safe (32 to 21 percent), with 43 percent saying his initial moves have not made much of a difference either way for the country's security.

--Jon Cohen

8:34 p.m.

What in the world is it with Winston Churchill?

First he serves as the inspiration for hawkish Republicans such Rudy Giuliani and George W. Bush in the months and years after the Sept. 11 attacks -- Giuliani, in particular, took to the cigar-chomping Brit, going so far as to read a Churchill biography in the early hours of the morning of Sept. 12 when he couldn't sleep.

And now we have President Obama citing Churchill as a model for his indictment of the Bush administration's interrogation techniques, citing Churchill's instructions to avoid torture on German prisoners in World War II. It was a particularly striking example for Obama to seize on given that he had just a moment before said he opposed waterboarding because it violated American ideals. But when looking for an example of someone who had chosen not to resort to torture, Obama reached across the pond. Heck, doesn't America have some anti-torture heroes of its own that could be cited?

--Alec MacGillis

8:31 p.m.

President Obama struck at the heart of the argument made by former vice president Dick Cheney that the enhanced interrogation techniques had saved lives, saying that having read the memos that Cheney is seeking to release, he still had no evidence that the techniques touted by the former vice president yielded more or better information than more conventional efforts.

Making this argument is a bit of a gamble, because Obama will be blamed for not allowing enhanced techniques if any terrorist event occurs. (Advocates usually don't mention that the most controversial techniques, such as waterboarding, ended in 2003.) But it's a safe one as long as nothing happens in the United States.

--Glenn Kessler

8:27 p.m.

President Obama thanked Congress for passing his $3.4 trillion budget outline, saying the plan is "an economic blueprint for this nation's future."

The spending plan, which includes huge increases in federal investments in education, renewable energy and health care is seen by Obama as an essential element in his plan for the nation's economic future. The budget, however, envisions huge deficits going forward, feeding criticism among the president's Republican critics, who say he is mortgaging the nation's future.

Obama went on to argue that the investments are needed to build a new foundation for the national economy. "We can't go back to an economy that's built on a pile of sand, on inflated home prices and maxed-out credit cards, on overleveraged banks and outdated regulations that allow recklessness of a few to threaten the prosperity of all," Obama said. "We have to lay a new foundation for growth, a foundation that will strengthen our economy and help us compete in the 21st century. And that's exactly what this budget begins to do."

--Michael Fletcher

8:22 p.m.

Taking his first question, on whether the United States should close the border with Mexico in response to the flu outbreak, Obama said he has consulted daily and sometimes hourly with public health officials who recommended against it.

"From their perspective it would be akin to closing the barn door after the horses are out. We already have cases in the United States."

Obama said authorities have ramped up screening and moved antiviral drugs and medical equipment to the border in case more is needed, but cautioned that the government must pursue sound science.

"How we respond intelligently systematically based on science and what public health officials have to say will determine in large part what happens."

Obama has asked Congress for $1.5 billion to purchase more drugs, develop a vaccine and take other measures to move resources around the country. He described the risk and the U.S. response simply and clearly.

"The most important thing is we treat this the same way we would treat other flu outbreaks, understanding that because this is a new strain, we don't know how it will respond," Obama said. "We have to take additional precautions," he added, "take out additional insurance."

--Spencer Hsu

8:18 p.m.

As expected, President Obama led off with an update on what the government is doing about swine flu, and the AP's Jennifer Loven focused on it with the first question. It's an area where Obama has drawn good marks so far - two-thirds in a new Gallup poll approve of how the administration has acted - but also one where he has to walk a fine line between giving information and inciting fear.

Obama recognized this, expressing the need for "deep concern but not panic." In the new Gallup poll, about one in five Americans said they were worried about getting the flu strain, though very few said they had altered their behavior to avoid contracting it. The last thing the sagging economy needs is for consumers to sit home with tissues out of fear.

--Jon Cohen

8:11 p.m.

President Obama began the news conference by addressing the swine flu outbreak, assuring Americans "that their entire government is taking the utmost precautions and preparations."

Using the White House bully pulpit, he urged schools with confirmed or suspected cases to strongly consider temporarily closing and urging parents and businesses to have contingency plans in case children to have to stay home. He also advised every American to "take the same steps you would take to prevent any other flu," including washing their hands, covering their mouth when coughing or sneezing and staying home from work or school if they are sick.

--Spencer Hsu

7:59 p.m.

A new Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism study out this afternoon shows President Obama getting far more positive press at the start of his tenure than either of his two most recent predecessors.

In a sampling of stories, editorials and op-eds over Obama's first 60 days, Pew finds 42 percent have been "clearly positive in tone," higher than the same period at the start of Bill Clinton's first term (27 percent) or George W. Bush's (22 percent).

The Pew report suggests several reasons for the differences, including that Obama is more popular at this stage than Clinton or Bush, but watch the tone tonight as press conferences offer opportunities for reporters to show they haven't gone soft on the president.

--Jon Cohen

7:57 p.m.

According to speech excerpts, Obama will say that the stimulus bill "has already saved or created over 150,000 jobs and provided a tax cut to 95% of all working families." It's hard to independently verify the job figure, which represents a sum based on various announcements from the states of companies and municipalities not firing workers, or hiring new workers, because of the stimulus money. But the overall economy is volatile and it's hard to know where stimulus money served as the "tipping point" in a decision to hire or fire an employee.

Obama has claimed his tax plan would provide relief to 95 percent of families since the campaign. Critics say Obama accomplishes this by hiking taxes dramatically on the other 5 percent and also offers relief to many people who don't pay taxes but nevertheless receive checks from the government each year in "refunds."

--Zachary Goldfarb

7:36 p.m.

As President Obama prepares to greet the press corps and address the American public in a prime-time news conference, he is buoyed by polls giving him high marks for his first 100 days in office. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll puts Obama's approval rating at a strong 69 percent, and no fewer than a dozen other national polls over the past week show a positive initial reaction to the new president.

Most Americans in the Post-ABC poll said Obama has already accomplished "a great deal" or "a good amount," far more than said so of former president Bill Clinton at this point in his first term. And a majority, 54 percent, said Obama has exceeded their expectations, surpassing the numbers for Clinton or George W. Bush at the outset of their presidencies.

Will Obama fall back on these solid numbers tonight in response to tough questioning? We'll soon know.

--Jon Cohen

7:21 p.m.

President Obama is poised to hold his third prime-time news conference tonight, during which he is expected to deliver a report card on his first 100 days in office.

Obama will meet with reporters in the East Room of the White House at 8 p.m. ET. The hour-long event will cap a day that saw the president basking in the glow of the 100-day milestone, with polls showing two out of three Americans approve of how he is handling his job.

But the high approval rating comes amid more sobering news: continued contraction in the economy; an outburst of violence in Iraq; the rise of the Taliban in Pakistan; a federal budget proposal that projects large deficits well into the future; and the growing prospect of a global flu pandemic.

The president is likely to be asked about those issues and more tonight, even as he presses the case that his administration is making progress on those fronts and others.

"We are off to a good start," Obama said in excerpts of his opening remarks released by the White House. "But it is just a start. I am proud of what we have achieved, but I am not content. I am pleased with our progress, but I am not satisfied."

--Michael Fletcher

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Since his joining of race for the presidency President Obama has been a sign of change and hopes for we people from the south-Asia. Particularly a socio-economic expert like me had lots of hopes for some effective and revolutionary changes he can bring not in the socio-economic-political arena of the U.S.A but all over the world. His 100 days actions can be termed little bit satisfactory but still lots of things are needed. We must not give up our expectations from him as he is much better than of past ones. We from all over the world must get ahead to join his hands for the AGENDA OF CHANGE what he decided from the day first.

Posted by: saeedabasi | May 1, 2009 1:14 AM | Report abuse

"But he sounded much like his predecessor in saying he wanted his government to "show we are competent and getting results" by enforcing immigration laws thoughtfully and seriously, "so we're building confidence among the American people that we can actually follow through on whatever legislative approach emerges.""


I went over to Mitt Romney!

We do NOT need any NEW Legislation!

We NEED to ENFORCE the laws we ALREADY Have!

And Barry you Socialist Scum-Bag;

Not the IMMIGRATION Laws! The LABOR Laws!

It is ALLOWING Criminal Employers to Hire un-documented Workers that has created most of the mess so far!

Then, it is doing things like Stalling HR-1940: Birthright Citizenship Act, that would eliminate the Anchor Baby SCAM, that is causing most of the Rest!

Posted by: SAINT---The | April 30, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

"But he sounded much like his predecessor in saying he wanted his government to "show we are competent and getting results" by enforcing immigration laws thoughtfully and seriously, "so we're building confidence among the American people that we can actually follow through on whatever legislative approach emerges.""


I went over to Mitt Romney!

We do NOT need any NEW Legislation!

We NEED to ENFORCE the laws we ALREADY Have!

And Barry you Socialist Scum-Bag;

Not the IMMIGRATION Laws! The LABOR Laws!

It is ALLOWING Criminal Employers to Hire un-documented Workers that has created most of the mess so far!

Then, it is doing things like Stalling HR-1940: Birthright Citizenship Act, that would eliminate the Anchor Baby SCAM, that is causing most of the Rest!

Posted by: SAINT---The | April 30, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama gets a D- so far in his 100 days that will cause 100 years of death for our great country. If I hear him say one more time that he "inherited" this deficit I will lose it. HE AND HIS PARTY CAUSED THE DEFICIT IN THE PAST TWO YEARS AND HE INHERITED HIS OWN PARTY'S DEFICIT. For pete's sake...he needs to start telling the truth. There was a balanced budget under Clinton because the republicans were in control of congress at that time and brought with them a balanced budget into Bush's term. As soon as the dems under Pelosi took over they started spending out of control, but they didn't do it as bad as they are now because they knew that Bush would veto their spending bills. Obama voted for every spending bill in the past two years and I for one and not going to allow him and lying democrats in congress and senate get away with it anymore saying that they inherited this deficit. Obama has weakened our national defense, has allowed babies to be killed and for people who don't believe in it have to fund it, even overseas, he is nationalizing our private sector which is unconstitutional in itself, he has proposed a cap and trade and socialized health care for illegal aliens that we have to pay for and with the C&T our electric bills will go up by $1500 a year (divide that by 12 people and that is what you'll be paying EXTRA every month) also gas prices will go up, he is getting buddy buddy with rogue dictators and terrorists. He is the most embarrassing president ever and is disgusting in wanting to demean America overseas and trying to prosecute the previous administration who protected us from terrorists. I am counting the days to 2010 when republicans get control of congress again and stop this socialistic move of Obama's and repeal the worthless "pork" bill that he shoved down our throats.

Posted by: chloe_658 | April 30, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse


WH press corps questions, aside from torture and state secrets, were pretty lame. Can't any of them advance the story? Like asking when more torture memos will be released, and whether other questionable "techniques" -- such as the use of radiation to weaken, exhaust and disorient detainees (and "targeted" U.S. citizens?) -- will be documented.

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 30, 2009 12:56 AM | Report abuse

orange2299 wrote: "On the day that Congress passed an unprecedented $3.4 trillion budget resolution that calls for a deficit of over a trillion dollars next year, not a single reporter asks him about it and whether we can possibly sustain that level of debt?"

Reporters were religiously discouraged from asking such questions over the last eight years. They've lost the knack. And readers seem so much more interested in personal scandal, it's hard to sell that policy & economics stuff.

Posted by: nodebris | April 30, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse


Barack Obama may not be the "messiah," but he's surely a disciple of Solomon.

The impatent "progressive" left wants him to declare "torture" a crime -- when his unstated message is that it is not for him to decide.

By acknowledging that waterboarding is torture -- but by refusing to declare that the Bush administration broke the law -- Obama placates his critics while he provides the political cover necessary to allow his Attorney General to fairly and impartially enforce the law.

Add to the Solomon-like wisdom a Kennedyesque display of wit, charm and "swaggah" -- the Obama version of JFK's "vigah."

"Enchanting," Obama deadpanned, when a New York Times reporter asked a classic four-part "touchy-feely" question (and a good one, since it elicited a seemingly heartfelt -- and politically savvy -- response about how he is emotionally moved when he meets with the troops.

Looked at through the optics of politics or cosmetics, it was another bravura performance by a young, confident President who makes "swaggah" look smart, indeed.


A special request to both POTUS and FLOTUS:

Please re-read, and heed, Dwight David Eisenhower's farewell address.

And please...

...beware of hawks bearing "photo ops."

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 29, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

The radical right is using Obama's agenda to reinforce their Manifesto for American Bloodshed. ..............

Posted by: glclark4750 | April 29, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

On the day that Congress passed an unprecedented $3.4 trillion budget resolution that calls for a deficit of over a trillion dollars next year, not a single reporter asks him about it and whether we can possibly sustain that level of debt?

I'm not saying that the other questions weren't good ones, but certainly the topic should have come up, no? Surely that's a more important topic than that ridiculous question from the New York Times about what's "enchanted" Obama the most about the office.

Posted by: orange2299 | April 29, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

anyway.... summertime, and the living is easy. Fish are jumping, and the cotton is high.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | April 29, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I am disappointed that Obama refuses to go after the Torturers.

Posted by: pca6661 | April 29, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: cschotta1 | April 29, 2009 9:41 PM
"Presidents lead, an empty-suit just "speaks"!"

You mean like GWB saying he was taking the fight to the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and then abandoned Afghanistan.
Obama is taking the fight to three Providences in Afghanistan where poppy's are the primary source of revenue for Al Qaeda.
7+ years after 9-11 and finally the USA is going after Al Qaeda's base of operation.
Unfortunately during those 7+ years Al Qaeda moved into Pakistan thanks to GWB's ineptitude and willingness to give Musharraf Billions of dollars to what end?

The Taliban and Al Qaeda are 60 miles away from capturing Pakistan's nuclear weapons.

Heck of a job Bushie!!

Posted by: knjincvc | April 29, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Observations of his day.
To Missouri for a pep rally where he criticizes groups of people like tea baggers and TV networks. Very Presidential.
Then how is that 5 USA contestants get tougher questions than the President.

Clinton was only able to persuade the networks to give him 2 prime time press conferences. Bush got 2. How many now in 3 months. Mr. President, please enough of the "uh" word. We have already had that for too long. Look at some Clinton press conferences, if you will.

But the kicker, using the British Govt and particularly Winston Churchill as models to follow in enhanced interrogations? That is not what I member from studying British history.

Posted by: gsms69 | April 29, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | April 29, 2009 9:30 PM
“The racist underbelly of these vile Obama-hating thugs shines clearly in one character's use above of the word "uppity."
I read it and felt as though I had just seen a lizard flip over to expose itself.”

Yeah, DriveByPoster ( April 29, 2009 8:57 PM) and others haven’t gotten over the fact that American’s of all colors elected a BLACK MAN POTUS!!!
And for that decision, DriveByPoster and others like him HATE AMERICA!!!!

Posted by: knjincvc | April 29, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

America finally has a confident and competent leader. President Obama is genuine and he is winning over more and more Repubs every day. Results and open accountability tend to do that.

How much longer will the GOP play obstructionist political games with America's future? A poll today showed only 21% of Americans polled identified themselves as Republican. I don't like polls, but can this number possibly sink lower?

Posted by: free-donny | April 29, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I am very Proud to be an American again..

Fei Hu

Posted by: Fei_Hu | April 29, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Presidents lead, an empty-suit just "speaks"!

Posted by: cschotta1 | April 29, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

What a superb individual! I don't think we've seen a president as competent as Mr. Obama in over 100 years.

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | April 29, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

The racist underbelly of these vile Obama-hating thugs shines clearly in one character's use above of the word "uppity."
I read it and felt as though I had just seen a lizard flip over to expose itself.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | April 29, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Scar1 | April 29, 2009 9:14 PM
"unexpected events like the Flu?"

Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid staged Swine Flu scare so Obama could tell us to wash our hands, cover our mouths and say excuse me when we sneeze!!

Oh wait it was conservative republicans who staged swine flu so Limbaugh, Hannity,O'Reilly and readers ChooseBestCandidate, PittAlum,DriveByPoster and others can whine about closing the boarder with Mexico.

Posted by: knjincvc | April 29, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that some people can't take President Obama at face value? President Obama spent almost an hour answering questions. Big deal that he called the reporters by name. Did you bother to listen to the question and answer?

As for the teleprompter comments, how juvenile can you be. Do you think George Bush never used a teleprompter?

The stuttering, just reaching again. Even if you consider him stuttering at least he was able to answer the questions without hunching over the podium looking lost. My goodness, this President is articulate and speaks in a way that the most ignorant among us can understand.

Giving himself a pat on the back. Well, since the media have been going on and on about his first 100 days, why not take an opportunity to hear what he has to say. I know a lot of you President Obama haters are not use to your President coming out and talking to the American people. It's a new day. THIS President said from the beginning he would be transparent and let the American people know what's going on. Why do you want to keep your head in the sand? It's a new day and this President is doing what he said he would do. He is so far doing a great job. It's best to get use to the idea that this President has a good grasp on the problems this country is facing. WOW !! What a change from the previous administration.

Posted by: catmomtx | April 29, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

And I was told if you have nothing to say in the way of content then it is better to say nothing at all-and Bush fits that picture.

Posted by: Scar1 | April 29, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

GWB did not have anything to have a conference about-Chaney told him not to do it cause it wasn't duck season. And he basically was not saying to much with his boo-boo showing: Weapons of Mass destruction, Torture and Lehman: guess Mum was the word undercover.

Posted by: Scar1 | April 29, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

President Obama's press conference was refreshing, and reassuring. Earlier today the Washington Post published a picture of Obama and infamous Hugo Chavez at the recent Summit of the Americas when Chavez gave him a book as a gift. The contrast of the two leaders is gigantic where Obama is educated, civilized, inspiring, and cautious about his statements, and Chavez is offensive, sauvage, abusive, and totally disrespectful to the citizens of Venezuela and everyone else he picks to offend. Obama reassured us that he is doing everything to protect Americans, and Chavez seems not to do anything about violence in Venezuela. Hopefully, the opening of bilateral relations will provide better quality of life for Venezuelans.

Posted by: MaruAngarita | April 29, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Overall: Great job! Mr. President, Vice President Biden and Administration. Senate and Congress: well? let me think about it.

Posted by: Scar1 | April 29, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

As usual he answered wisely and with dignity. He is President not the "Handy Man" of Finance. Somethings he has had to learn, research, ask advice but, overall he has done a fine job.

Of course the media and some folk will go on to but the next 100 days? How about the next 2+ years with these nut cases and unexpected events like the Flu?

Glad he is cool. Some of us would be looking for poison to drop on ya. Oh how cool he is-some make ya wanna slap hell and Satan!

Posted by: Scar1 | April 29, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

WOW! POTUS Obama has had more press conferences in his first 100 days than GWB had in his first three years!!
What's with that??

Posted by: knjincvc | April 29, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a fantastically thoughtful and genuine individual. A better leader we have never had. His sincerity is truly startling, given the leaders we have almost become used to.

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | April 29, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

excuse me if i don't watch obama giving himself his 100 day "self assessment", but i just don't think it's news worthy watching some uppity tall skinny dude stand in front of the nation's audience and continuously pat himself on the back and talk about how "awesome" he is. i just won't do it.

Posted by: DriveByPoster | April 29, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Apparently the questions have been submitted prior to the news conference since he is calling on reporters by their names and their media organization. Another staged Obama event. Everything he does is staged. There is nothing natural about this man.

Posted by: PittAlum | April 29, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

All the stuttering is so annoying. I guess our boy-child president does not have the presence of mind to speak w/o his teleprompter...I love watching him show his inadequecy to the world. Of course, the MSM has their blinders on as usual. It is great that they are losing millions of $$$ in advertising dollars because of the daily adulation of their saviour. Our country deserves so much better than what we have.

Posted by: PittAlum | April 29, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama's doing fine with mainstream Americans. Most probably won't even care to watch. They're confident in his ability already...

Posted by: parkerfl1 | April 29, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Teleprompter-JOE is at it again…
Bet the kids are just annoyed at this man interrupting television programs every day and sometimes TWICE A DAY….

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | April 29, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

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