Here are a few shots behind the scenes at today’s press conference, since what went on in front of the scenes was mostly familiar.
Here, CNNs Ed Henry gets miked up.
ABC’s Jake Tapper also gets miked up for the four questions that he will ask, which will draw groans from his colleagues in the press corps.
Tapper, Chip Reid of CBS, and Henry prepare to stand and deliver before Obama appears.
Obama, still looking fresh from the Vineyard, trots to the lectern. Reporters – and everyone else – are supposed to stand when a president enters a room.
Obama’s favorite piece of technology is ready to go.
Obama reads from his favorite piece of technology.
The opening remarks continue . . .
For reasons that are not quite clear, Obama begins to call on reporters by whistling to them.
House Minority Leader John Boehner (not seen), the butt of recent Obama mockery, is perched at the base of an East Room chandelier trying to saw it off so it lands on Obama’s head.
The White House message team dives into blackberry world . From the left, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, senior political adviser David Axelorod, and Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer.
A reporter reacts as the press conference nears the one hour and sixteen minute mark. OK, I just found this shot on the Internet, but that’s pretty much where we were headed.
Actually, it’s a little unfair. Obama gets berated by reporters for not holding press conferences, and then afterward I hear a few complaints about the length of the session and how uncomfortable the chairs were in the East Room.
Maybe, Obama’s right, he just can’t win.