July 22nd, 2009
09:55 PM ET
14 years ago

Oops! Obama calls out reporter for asking out of turn

(CNN) - It was a prime time mix up.

Steve Thomma, a reporter for McClatchy, got called out in jest by President Obama at Wednesday's press conference for asking a question when in fact the president had called on a different reporter.

Late into his prime time press conference, Obama called on the Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Steve Koff to ask a question, but Thomma instead rose to the microphone.

Seemingly unaware of the mix up, Obama answered Thomma's question on health care reform, and dropped references to his impending trip to Cleveland Thursday.

But the president, upon finishing his answer, was quickly made aware the wrong reporter asked the question.

"Oh," Obama said as the press corps erupted in laughter. "I said Steve Koff but he (Steve Thomma) just stood up, huh?"

"That's not fair. Shame on you," Obama, appearing amused, added.

Koff was then allowed to ask a question.

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