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Obama To Hold Prime Time Press Conference Monday

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President Obama will hold his first formal press conference as president in prime-time on Monday night.

During his daily briefing today, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said that Mr. Obama will answer questions from reporters at 8 p.m. eastern time this coming Monday.

While Mr. Obama has answered a few questions from reporters during some White House events, he has not held a formal news conference yet since becoming president.

As a comparison, CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller reports that President Bush's first White House news conference was Feb. 22 - but it was at 2:40 p.m. in the afternoon in the Briefing Room.

Mr. Bush's first prime-time news conference was not until Oct. 11, 2001 -- nearly nine months into his presidency.

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