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Obama marks 100 days in office with prime time news conference

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WASHINGTON. - The president spoke Wednesday at a prime-time news conference in the East Room of the White House. President Obama has been forced to deal with several challenges early in his administration and in his prime-time news conference he addressed many of the issues including the auto industry bailouts, immigration and the most recent challenge: Swine Flu.

Obama says he has no interest in running autos

President Barack Obama says the government should help Chrysler and General Motors stabilize but then should get out of the auto business as quickly as possible.

The government is working on ways to help the two struggling auto giants survive with public money and increased federal involvement.

Said Obama: "I don't want to run auto companies... I've got more than enough to do."

The president said the government should not micromanage but that it does have the right to scrutinize what the auto companies are proposing.

He said his goal is to prevent a breakdown of the auto industry that would "affect everybody."

Obama: Can't go on with broken immigration system

Swine Flu

President Barack Obama says health officials are not calling for closing the U.S. border with Mexico because of the swine flu outbreak. Speaking at a White House news conference, Obama said that would be, in his words, like closing the barn door after the horses are out. He said the government is doing everything it can to fight the outbreak. More>>

President Barack Obama says the United States can't continue with a "broken" immigration system. He says it's not good for anybody.

The president is standing by his support for comprehensive immigration reform that includes an eventual path to citizenship for millions of foreigners in the country illegally, but he says his administration must convince Americans that it's doing everything it can to secure U.S. borders or it will be difficult to persuade people to embrace other reforms.

He says he hopes to work with key legislators to examine how legislation may take shape. In the meantime, he says his administration is taking administrative steps to address the matter.

Obama: Iraq violence flare-ups a cause for concern

President Barack Obama says recent violence flare-ups in Iraq are a legitimate cause of concern, but he says civilian deaths are lower than in the past.

He says the country's political system remains intact despite the spat of bombings. But, he also says more work must be done on the political side and the United States must keep pressure on Iraqis to make progress.

Obama has ordered a gradual drawdown of U.S. combat troops.

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