Focus Group Rates Obama's Answers

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As President Obama gobbled up an hour of primetime television real estate Tuesday night with a press conference, CBS News gathered a few dozen participants to rate his performance word by word.

Not surprisingly, Republicans in the group, gathered in a room in Las Vegas, had mostly negative reactions to the president's answers while Democrats were generally positive.

Mr. Obama, however, earned bipartisan praise for his response to a question over his delayed reaction to news of AIG bonus payments: "It took us a couple of days because I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak," he said.

However, the mere mention of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner produced a "decided dip" in support amongst viewers.

For more on the focus group's reactions, watch CBS News correspondent John Blackstone's report:

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