Obama Makes It Up To Reporters

Another day. Another presidential(-elect) economic news conference in Chicago. Four more questions fielded. Follow-ups? No. Make-ups? Yes.

Today, President-Elect Obama called on NBC News’s Savannah Guthrie first, having ignored TV reporters yesterday (Guthrie asked whether Obama was more publicly involved in the economic crisis sooner than he expected he would be, causing Obama to again confirm that there’s only one president at a time). Also among the four reporters Obama called on today was McClatchy’s Steve Thomma. Said Obama:

The reason I’m going to call on Steve. I understand that as a lifelong White Sox fan, you were placed in the Cubs section yesterday, and I want to apologize for that. This is also part of the new way of doing business, when we make mistakes, we admit them.

The other two questions came from ABC7’s (Chicago) Andy Shaw (Obama: “We’re going local here”) and the Chicago Tribune’s Peter Nicholas. Should you be interested in more than which reporters got lucky today (like, what was asked and answered):

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.