Power hour: Obama speaks at length at Iran deal presser

POTUS spent more than 60 minutes talking and answering questions at Wednesday's press conference.

President Barack Obama acknowledged the opposition and challenges around the nuclear deal reached between several world powers and Iran during a press conference on Wednesday.

"This deal is not contingent on Iran changing its behavior. It’s not contingent on Iran suddenly operating like a liberal democracy," Obama said while taking reporters’ questions after giving a short statement about the national security interests of the deal.

"It solves one particular problem, which is making sure they don’t have a bomb," he said.

Later, Obama emphasized that the deal is not about celebrating and does not override the many pervasive issues still present in the Middle East, including several Americans being held in Iranian custody.

Perhaps going into the conference knowing that he’d be slogging through questions required Obama to be on the defensive and to focus on why he believes the deal is a crucial step. Rather than rhetoric labeling the move as a "bad deal," POTUS wants to know: "What is your preferred alternative?"

On Twitter, many noted the stern tone the president set during the press conference.

Eventually – and before POTUS invited additional questions about Iran in an unexpectedly long press conference – the conversation moved to other topical matters. Obama even addressed alleged sexual predator Bill Cosby’s Medal of Freedom.

And then, Obama steered the conversation back toward the nuclear deal at the end of the presser by asking, "Have we exhausted Iran questions here?"

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