ABC's Charles Gibson Already Thinking About Obama's Second Term?

Is "World News" anchor Charles Gibson already planning for Barack Obama's second term? The ABC journalist briefly wrapped up coverage from the President's prime-time press conference on Wednesday and signed off by asserting, "100 days in office. 1,362 days remaining in his first term." 1362 days left in his first term? Was that a bit of a Freudian slip?

Even Gibson, however, seemed to notice the incredible softball question from New Times reporter Jeff Zeleny about what had "enchanted" Obama the most during his first 100 days. Gibson asserted, "...I suspect the question that will get the most attention, what has surprised you about being President, what troubled you, what enchanted you and what has humbled you now that you've been in the White House?"

A transcript of Gibson's close of the April 29 news conference follows:

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CHARLES GIBSON: The President concluding his third primetime news conference on 100 days in the White House. Starting with a statement of saying that he feels they've had a good start, pleased, not satisfied with the way things have gone. Thought they'd gotten off to a good start. But, as he said, it is just a start. And then he also talked about the flu outbreak that's occurred in this country and, interestingly, said that parents, perhaps, should be thinking about contingency plans if, indeed, the schools of their children have to close. And then it was a wide-ranging news conference, covering so many different subjects, border closings, the auto injury, questions about torture, questions about Pakistan and then I suspect the question that will get the most attention, what has surprised you about being President, what troubled you, what enchanted you and what has humbled you now that you've been in the White House. And he concluded there, as you saw, with a rather exhaustive list of the kinds of problems that he has had to deal with in his first 100 days in office, that he will have to deal with in succeeding days. He said it is not the hand, necessarily, that I would like to have been dealt, but it is the one I was dealt and we will deal with it. 100 days in office. 1,362 days remaining in his first term. We're going to return you now to regular programming.

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org