Live Blog: President Obama's Press Conference
President Obama is giving his first press conference of the year, today. According to The Hill, it is the first solo, long-form press conference the president has given since October 2011.
The AP reports that during the press conference, Obama will introduce a plan to allow homeowners with mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration to refinance at a lower rate.
The press conference comes on Super Tuesday and will likely steal some of the spotlight from the Republican contests. It also comes at a time when the economy is on an upswing and the unemployment rate has been falling.
"Still, he will probably face questions about the pace of the recovery," reports the AP. "The unemployment rate in January was 8.3 percent, the highest it has been in an election year since the Great Depression. With rising gasoline prices threatening to slow the economy, Obama has also faced attacks from Republicans over his energy policy."
NPR will provide a live stream the conference and we'll live blog it. We've also embedded PBS NewsHour's live video steam of the conference at the top of this post. The press conference is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET.
Update at 12:56 p.m. ET. Brady Briefing Room:
Today's press conference will be held at the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, which is in the West Wing of the White House and where the president's press secretary delivers his daily briefing.