President Obama Wraps Presser With Tribute to ABC's Ann Compton

VIDEO: Obama Gives Ann Compton Last Question, Fond Farewell

In a brief moment of levity during an otherwise somber news conference, President Obama congratulated ABC News' Ann Compton, a veteran correspondent set to retire after 41 years at the network.

"Ann Compton, everybody here knows, is not only the consummate professional but is also just a pleasure to get to know," Obama said.

"I was proud to be able to hug her grandbaby recently, and I suspect that may have something to do with her decision," he added. "But I just want to say publicly, Ann, we're going to miss you, and we're very, very proud of the extraordinary career and work that you've done … And I suspect you may get some cake at some point."

Compton, who joined ABC in 1973, was the first woman to cover the White House full time for a network news organization. She serves as the White House Correspondent's Association president and has reported on every president since Gerald Ford.

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