With Congress out of town, President Obama held a rare Q&A press briefing with reporters at the White House today. The short media gathering lasted only about 45 minutes, with just a handful of questions, and no real breaking news to speak of. Obama did swat away the idea of intelligence failure surrounding the Boston bombings, and a Fox News report about intimidation of witnesses in the Benghazi investigation. He also promised to continue to push for the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison.
He can see all our updates from the press conference below, with quotes and highlights.
Original Post: There doesn't appear to be any specific agenda for the press conference—although today marks the 100th day of his second term—but topics will likely include the Boston investigation, Syria, gun control, the sequester, and maybe some Obamacare.
The president received some criticism at the end of this first term when it was learned that his press availabilities were the fewest of any president since Ronald Reagan. (Though he does do more sit-down interviews than anyone.) Since this is his first press conference since March 1, the White House press corps will be eager for this opportunity to grill him on any topic they can get to.
WH always likes pressers when Congress is out of town. Lets them control message and harder for scattered lawmakers to push back— carl hulse (@hillhulse) April 30, 2013
You can watch the White House live stream below, beginning at 10:30 a.m.