Add another job description to Barack Obama`s title: Facilitator in chief. The President presided over a White House fiscal summit on Monday, and showed his hand as both a policy wonk and a gracious host - to allies and adversaries alike. Easygoing though always in charge, Obama melded serious talk about ways to control the exploding federal deficit with frequent doses of humour and familiarity. That mix provided moments of levity that defused what could have been a tense session of finger pointing between Republicans and Democrats on a painfully dry subject - fiscal policy.
Caption: President Barack Obama smiles during his first prime time televised news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington on February 9, 2009.
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