President Obama didn't call on CNN, but he decided to provide Helen Thomas with the privilege of being one of ten members of the White House press corps allowed to pose a question at this afternoon's presidential news conference.
She came through with one of her usual crackpot rants – with the inevitable dose of gratuitous Bush-bashing mixed in [MP3 audio available here]:
When are you going to get out of Afghanistan? Why are we continuing to kill and die there? What is the real excuse and don't give us this Bushism “if we don't go there they'll all come here.”