I watched Obama’s press conference tonight, as I am sure most of our readers did as well. I felt overall he handled everything that was thrown at him with great confidence and aplomb. Obama used the press conference to stress the concept that “his budget and policy prescriptions are exactly what’s needed to get nation’s economy back on track, despite criticism from both parties in Congress.”
“This budget is inseparable from this recovery,” Obama insisted. “It is what lays the foundation for a secure and lasting prosperity.”
I have to say that my favorite part of tonight’s press conference however was not the meat & bones on the economy, but the way Obama handled CNN’s Ed Henry’s question on he didn’t react more quickly on the AIG bonus issue. Obama’s terse response: “It took us a couple of days because I like to know what I’m talking about before I speak.”
President Obama has been making a huge media push for days now in effort to sell his budget and he stressed during the press conference, when pressed by NBC’s Chuck Todd on what sacrifices he was asking of Americans, that they should “get involved with the debate” in Washington.
Incase you haven’t seen it, here’s your opportunity to do just that: “Open for Questions: President Obama to Answer Your Questions on Thursday.”
Will wonders never cease… We actually have a President who’s willing to talk to the press and the public about his policies. Though some would like to see Obama’s popularity slip, I dare say that won’t happen for quite some time at the rate things are going. The American public will probably be more fed up with members of Congress, in both parties, standing in the way of Obama’s policies, than they will be with Obama… that’s my 2 cents.
UPDATE: The transcript of the press conference is here.