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Obama news conference: Some enchanted president

April 29, 2009 |  6:16 pm


So as you read earlier if you’ve been following along, President Obama said what “surprised” and “troubled” him during his first 100 days in office. That left two more words--posed by a reporter--to address. “Enchanted” (he liked that one) and “humbled.”

It took time to sum up “enchanted.” Finally, he spoke of meeting the men and women serving in the military. He is profoundly impressed by them and grateful, he says.

And humbled? Pause. A long one. “The presidency is extraordinarily powerful, but we are just part of a much boarder tapestry of American life.” All presidents discover this. They can’t do everything. As Obama says, he finds a president “can’t press a button and have bankers do what he wants.”

Now, scroll down to scan other items from our live-blogging of the latest Obama news conference.

-- Steve Padilla

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Photo: Charles Dharapak / Associated Press (Obama responds during a prime time news conference in the East Room of the White House).