(CNN) – It's astonishing President Obama was not asked more about foreign policy.
The president himself had to raise the issue of his Iran tape. There was some talk on Mexico and a tad on the Middle East, but NO Iraq and Afghanistan???
How can that be?
And when was the last time a president had a press conference without mentioning those, or without being asked about those?
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called on Republicans Tuesday to put the 2008 election behind them and embrace its role as the loyal opposition to President Obama and the Democratic Party.
"Let’s agree on this tonight, the time for talking about the past is now over," Jindal told 1,200 people attending a House GOP fundraiser here in Washington. "It has been healthy for Republicans to look in the mirror. It has been healthy for us to realize and admit the mistakes of the past. We have done that quite a bit. I personally have done that quite a bit since the election last fall. It’s now been close to five months since the last election.
He added, "It’s time to declare our time of introspection and navel gazing officially over. It’s time to get on with the business of charting America’s future. So as of now, be it hereby resolved, that we will focus on America’s future, and on standing up for fiscal sanity… before it is too late.
Jindal, a former House member and potential presidential candidate in 2012, credited his former colleagues for standing united in opposing Obama's policies.
"Thanks primarily to the Republicans in the House of Representatives, the Republican Party has once again decided to be the conservative party in this country," Jindal said.
(CNN) - President Obama's proposal on limiting tax deductions on charitable donations will not sit well with charitable organizations. Charities often raise most of their money from wealthy individuals. They say many wealthy donors could be discouraged from giving if their tax deductions are less.
He'll have a fight on his hands over this one.
President Obama held his second prime time press conference Tuesday. (Getty Images)
(CNN) - President Obama said Tuesday "there are no quick fixes" to pull the economy out of recession, but he insisted the country will recover.
In his second prime time news conference, Obama called on Americans to look to the future with a "renewed confidence that a better day will come."
"We will recover from this recession," the president said.
"But it will take time, it will take patience, and it will take an understanding that when we all work together; when each of us looks beyond our own short-term interests to the wider set of obligations we have toward each other - that's when we succeed."
(CNN) – Procurement reform is difficult because every expenditure is politically sensitive. When a president starts cutting and reforming procurements, he can make permanent political enemies.
(CNN) - The president didn not call for a permanent middle class tax cut.
A temporary one is in the stimulus package, but when pressed, the president outlined his budget priorities: health care, energy, education, and deficit reduction.
(CNN) - President Obama needs economic growth to reduce the deficit. Tax cuts alone cannot do it. It was economic growth in the 1990's that eliminated the deficit.
The president is trying to argue his major spending proposals will lead to this needed economic growth.
(CNN) – The president appears very comfortable discussing complex issues and often performs well in these press conferences. It is no doubt reassuring to many Americans.
And take note: He is responding without a teleprompter.
(CNN) - President Obama made it clear that Americans “are sacrificing left and right…”
And the folks who are getting the bailout money are going to have to sacrifice more.
He did take the turn to make it clear he still intends to pack his agenda—with health care, education and energy for the “longterm growth” of the economy.
Jury is still out on whether the public will buy that, given the economic mess
(CNN) – President Obama used his first answer to critique the deregulation that was heavily promoted by both Democrats and Republicans in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
It's an argument that resonates with Main Street America.