President Obama: Jessica Yellin. Where's Jessica? Right there.
Jessica Yellen: Mr. President, on the fiscal cliff - two years ago, sir, you said that you wouldn't extend the Bush-era tax cuts, but at the end of the day, you did. So respectfully, sir, why should the American people and the Republicans believe that you won't cave again this time?
I think the word "cave" angered President Obama and later he really lost it more or less challenging John McCain and Lindsey Graham to meet him behind the White House because they are opposed to Susan Rice being Secretary of State. Of course, the President was the one that threw Rice under a bus in the first place. Anyway, this began a line of answers and follow up questions that actually left more confusion and less confidence than coming into the conference.
It's always harder to charm through a press conference (although this crowd was swooning like it was the Beatles- oops, dating myself again) than prepared statements and its clear washing the Republicans out of the lawmaking process will be harder than dying gray hair.