February 9th, 2009
08:07 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama pushes stimulus

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama used his first prime-time news conference to push Congress to approve his administration's economic stimulus plan, saying only the federal government can break the "vicious cycle" now gripping the U.S. economy.


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February 9th, 2009
07:44 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama ready for first face-off with White House press corps

Robert Gibbs said Monday that President Obama actually did very little preparation to get ready for his first prime-time news conference in the East Room.
Robert Gibbs said Monday that President Obama actually did very little preparation to get ready for his first prime-time news conference in the East Room.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - When Robert Gibbs was getting ready to face the White House press corps for his first official briefing, his colleagues spent a couple of weeks during the presidential transition putting him through a boot camp of sorts.

Gibbs recalled that there were "at least eight" mock briefings where fellow Obama aides - as well as former Clinton White House press secretaries like Joe Lockhart - pretended to be reporters firing questions at him so he would be ready.

A sign of a White House that leaves little to chance, but Gibbs said Monday that President Obama actually did very little preparation to get ready for his first prime-time news conference in the East Room.

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