Obama's first presser a brief affair

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President-elect Barack Obama took nine questions at his first press conference Friday. He was obviously tired, so that may have been a reason he limited the queries from journalists.

Mr. Obama followed the usual format of calling on wire reporters and the TV networks first, but because he cut it short only three newspapers and no radio reporters were able to ask questions.

Reporters watching the news conference at the White House remarked afterward that they hoped the few questions taken were not a harbinger of things to come from Mr. Obama. There is already much worry that as secretive as the Bush administration has been, the Obama administration may be just as bad if not worse.

Obama aides said that the president-elect’s time was limited because his meeting with economic advisers before the press conference had run long, and he was running late for an intelligence briefing.

“This is the first of what will be many news conferences,” Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki told the Times’ Christina Bellantoni in Chicago.

Here is the list of which news outlets got questions, in the order they were called on by Mr. Obama.

The Associated Press

NBC News

ABC News

CBS News

Reuters

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Sun-Times

CNN

The New York Times

Jon Ward, White House reporter, The Washington Times

 

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