Some Human Moments at the President’s Presser

Apr 2, 2009 6:15pm

"Excuse me," President Obama said after twice sneezing during his post-G-20 press conference. "I’ve been fighting this all week."

The president seemed a little tired — understandably so — during his press conference. He stood before 2,500 members of the international and US press corps, creating quite a scene to get in and fight for a seat in the room.

The President , per usual, read the names of US reporters off a list on his podium. But he plucked people out of the often boisterous crowd jockeying for questions at random among the international press.

"I’m going to call one foreigner — actually, I’m the foreigner," he said, smiling. "That’s why I smiled," the President said awkwardly, "One correspondent not from America."

He ended up calling on four international journalists (out of 9 total questioners) from the UK, Australia, China, and India.

One last question gave the President a little room to tease a young woman reporter from the Times of India.

"Your prime minister is a wonderful man," Obama said, having just met with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"Thank you," she said.

"Did you have something to do with that?" the president teased her. "You seem to kind of take –take credit for it a little bit there," he said laughing.

A more sober moment came when he called on the last U.S. correspondent, CBS’s Chip Reid, whose beloved father died this week.

"Chip, my heart goes out to you," the president said.

"Thank you," Reid said. "Thank you very much, Mr. President. I appreciate that."

"I just heard about that," the president said.

- Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller

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