President Obama's primetime press conference tonight--on his 100th day in office--has the political news world abuzz with liveblogs, Twittering, and even some traditional news and commentary. Commentators seem to like his style, and consensus is that his comments on Chrysler will elicit cheers from Detroit. The other major storyline--his response to Jake Tapper's question on whether the Bush administration authorized torture--drew responses split along partisan/ideological lines.
Here's a roundup of highlights:
On ABC News's live Twittering, Terry Moran gave Obama high marks for the press conference, and the list of news outlets he called on, as a piece of communications strategy: "BET, Telemundo, the Detroit News--and a blogger still to come, I'll bet. Why did Bush never do this? It's smart,reaches different audiences."
At Politico's liveblog, Jonathan Martin says Obama's proclaimed optimism about Chrysler's restructuring should play well in Detroit: "That sound you here are the cheers coming from Motown."
At The Washington Post's liveblog, Zachary Goldfarb saw some contradiction in what Obama said he was "humbled" by:
Obama said he was "humbled" he could not as president simply tell what bankers what to do, suggesting he needed the support of other branches of government.
But at times the administration has taken steps that departed from congressional wishes. For example, the government has structured several of its programs to spur financial recovery in ways that allow participants to escape executive compensation requirements established by Congress in appropriating $700 billion to bail out the financial sector.
The Associated Press's Calvin Woodward, fact-checking the president's performance, took issue with Obama's "that wasn't me" comment about the budget deficit that he inherited: "It actually was partly him -- and the other Democrats controlling Congress the previous two years -- who shaped the latest in a string of precipitously out-of-balance budgets."