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February 20, 2013

Obama tells local news stations the sequester can be avoided

President Obama did a round of TV interviews with anchors from eight stations across the country Wednesday  -- looking to press congressional Republicans to reach a compromise and avert a series of steep spending cuts.

"These automatic spending cuts were designed to be avoided," Obama told WCVB in Boston. "The idea was that Democrats and Republicans would come together with a sensible deficit reduction plan."

Asked about the fact that he signed the bill that kicks the sequester into law, he said "the hope was that they would use this year and a half to come up with a sensible deficit reduction package," he said.

Obama talked to stations in Boston, Charleston, Baltimore, Oklahoma City, Wichita, San Antonio, San Francisco and Honolulu. Most posted photographs of the interview -- and interactions with other denizens of the White House.

This one by WKOR-TV in Oklahoma City, featuring anchor Kevin Ogle with first dog, Bo. Kevin-with-bo-better


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