PRIMETIME

Prepping for Obama Presser

It's Round 2 of the Obama-Jindal face-off, with the president giving an 8 p.m. televised press conference, and the Louisiana governor addressing a Republican fund-raiser. So how is the press preparing? While some correspondents prepare their questions word for word and others go in with "concept questions," all of them strive to come up with the question that will elicit some shred of news. One example: CNN's Ed Henry, who took the president by surprise in his first press conference by asking about the ban on photographs of soldiers' coffins. Obama said it was "under review" and subsequently changed the policy—a "grand slam" for the White House reporter. Another skill the press corps is still refining: asking questions that don't allow Obama to go on and on, boring everyone to the point that they forget the original subject matter.