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Obama news conference: Healthcare and Iran are expected topics

June 23, 2009 |  9:14 am

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At 9:30 a.m. Pacific time, President Obama will hold his fourth White House news conference, with remarks expected on heathcare reform and energy.

Although foreign affairs have not dominated previous news conference — reporters never asked about Iraq or Afghanistan in his second news conference — it’s expected that the turbulent aftermath to Iran’s disputed election will come up as well.

One of Obama’s predecessors, Harry S Truman, famously said, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Today’s interpretation of that remark might be: “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the Rose Garden.”

The news conference had been scheduled for the outdoor Rose Garden, but the event has been moved to the press briefing room because of high temperatures. Previous news conferences were held in the East Room of the White House.

Stay tuned to Top of the Ticket, which will bring you regular updates from the president’s meeting with the White House press corps.

-- Steve Padilla

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