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Obama to answer terror alert questions in Friday news conference

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- President Obama has been everywhere lately – from late-night television talking to Jay Leno to Camp Pendleton to speak with the Marine Corps. But when it comes to talking to the Press, the president has been exceptionally tight-lipped.

"Guys, I'm going to be having a press conference tomorrow, so why don't you ask that question tomorrow," he said on Thursday.

Friday is the president’s annual pre-vacation press conference. And it is a vacation he will most likely need, as POLITICO’s Deputy White House Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand expects reporters to go deep with questions that they have been waiting a long time to ask – especially about what the pundits are calling a deliberate snub toward Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The two were supposed to meet face-to-face next month – that is, until Putin granted asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The president told Leno he was frustrated, and then canceled the summit the next day.

"You can say that Edward Snowden is the straw that broke the camels back -- the factor that sent this from frosty or chilly to deep freeze," says Sinderbrand. “The fact of the matter is, the past few months have been spectacularly unproductive ."

Sinderbrand says that with 19 embassies and consulates closed in the Middle East and Africa, we can expect the president to be peppered with questions on whether Al-Qaeda still maintains its chokehold.

It's likely that the economy also won’t escape scrutiny, and with Obamacare scheduled to launch October 1, even more blistering questions are expected to fly. The conference may very well open the door for surprise revelations by the president.

 

 Watch the news conference live here on NewsChannel 8.

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