Who’d Obama call on?

President Barack Obama moved through a fairly traditional presser playbook Wednesday night, granting questions to the wires, all three networks and both major Chicago dailies. 

After taking questions from Ben Feller, Associated Press and David Alexander, Reuters, Obama moved onto Chuck Todd, NBC. ABC’s Jake Tapper followed Todd, and CBS’s Chip Reid closed out the networks. 

Obama’s first question after the networks fell to Christi Parsons, White House correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times. Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman followed Parsons. 

Obama then invited a question from the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Stephen Koff, in anticipation of his upcoming trip to the Cleveland Clinic to push health care reform. McClatchy’s Steve Thomma jumped in on the question, too. 

The Chicago Sun-Times’s Lynn Sweet closed out Obama’s fourth prime-time presser as president with a question about Harvard professor Henry Gates, who was arrested Thursday.

— Zachary Abrahamson

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