Barack Obama, speaking at a Friday afternoon news conference, maintained that the "core" of al Qaeda is "on its heels" and "has been decimated" while admitting that regional elements of the terrorist organization can still "pose a threat" to American interests.
ABC News's Jonathan Karl asked the president still believes that al Qaeda has been "decimated," as he said in a speech last May. Watch Obama's response below:
After giving remarks about health care, President Obama said he'd take only one question because he doesn't "want the whole day to just be a bleeding press conference."
"I'm going to take one question and then remember people are going to have opportunities to also answer questions when I'm with the Chinese president today," said Obama. "So I don't want the whole day to just be a bleeding press conference. But I'm going to take Jackie Calmes's question."
White House press secretary Jay Carney said he was unaware about defense cuts that will close an Air Force base in Ohio--where President Obama will be landing tomorrow aboard Air Force One. Here's the video, from the White House press briefing:
The fiscal crisis, President Obama declared at a White House press conference today, consists of two problems: the deficit and debt. Spending? That’s something he’d like to see more of, only House Republicans won’t let him.
So Mark Halperin went on MSNBC's Morning Joe this morning and said the President was acting like a [coarse euphemism for male genitalia] and an uproar has ensued. I don't applaud Halperin's decision to express himself so vulgarly and he shouldn't have described the president this way.
In what is probably best described as the Hindenburg of press conferences, Anthony Weiner was just confronted on CNN. If Weiner didn't send a lewd photo to a 21 year-old coed, then surely he has perfected the art of sounding guilty: