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Obama press conference Wednesday. UPDATE

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SPRINGFIELD, MO.--In the last stages of his presidential campaign, Barack Obama has not held a formal press conference (something announced, more than just a chance for the pool to shout questions) for a week and a half. The last one was in Richmond, Va.

Now, with prodding from ABC NEWS' Jake Tapper, Obama said there will be one on Wednesday. That news nugget triggered a blast e-mail from the Republican National Committee with its latest edition of "Audacity Watch"


What happened is this: On the tarmac here Sunday morning, leather jacketed Tapper managed to get the candidate's attention with a shouted question: (Tapper is calling these "Sams" as a tribute to Sam Donaldson.)

ABC News: Senator Obama, what would you tell your Treasury Secretary do differently with the $700 billion?!

Obama: (laughs)

ABC News: It's a substantive question!

Obama: It is! But Jake, we're on a tarmac! That's a pretty good question!

ABC News: Have a press conference then!

Obama: I will! On Wednesday!

Obama walks up the stairs to his plane.

UPDATE
Obama spokesman Linda Douglass said later on the plane en route from Springfield to Columbus, Ohio that the Wednsday mention was merely a "place keeper."

5 Comments

You go Barack! What a silly question to ask on the tarmac. The press can wait until Wednesday!

Excellent response and precisely the reason why I am voting for Senator Barack Obama!

Whatever happens next, I think it's appropo for the President elect to state what he will do after the election at this point. The election is two days away and certainly we can wait to find out what will happen once our votes have been cast, and the people have spoken.

Win or lose, Obama is newsworthy and will have a news conference Wednesday---what is with the McCain campaign? Have they assumed a Tuesday loss responding in such a way to a non issue?

McCain=weak candidate
McCain campaign = pathetically flawed

Watch out Floridia

IT'S A LANDSLIDE, THE ECONOMY IS BROKE AND THAT
IS NO JOKE, PALIN IS LAME AND MCCAIN IS TO BLAME!
OBAMA IS SMART AND MCCAIN IS TART, KARL ROVE
HAS BEEN DEFEATED AND MCCAIN IS GONNA SAY HE HAS
BEEN CHEATED, OBAMA IS THE VICTOR, AND MCCAIN
HAS LOST, AND SPRINGSTEEN IS THE BOSS!
PALIN AND THE FIRST DUDE WILL RETURN TO ALASKA
AS LOSERS NEVER TO BE HEARD FROM AGAIN!
THANK GOD!

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