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Friday, September 10, 2010 - 4:30pm

President admits economy isn't where it needs to be; warns Quran burning would cause "profound damage".

The controversy over the Quran burning, the economy and the future of congress were just a few of the issues the president tackled as he took questions at the White House today.

For more than an hour the president answered questions on a range of topics, including what he calls his primary focus, the economy.

"It's understandable that people are saying is 'What have you done?'. But between now and November, what I'm going to remind the American people of is that the policies we have put in place have moved us in the right direction," Mr. Obama told reporters.

While admitting he shares some frustration, the president blamed in part the tough economic times he inherited, and promised more action.

He's urging Republicans to help extend small business and middle class tax cuts when Congress reconvenes next week.

"We could this month give every American certainty and tax relief up to $250,000 a year. Every single American would benefit from that," he said.

Talk also turned to controversy outside of Washington and the Florida pastor who has threatened to burn the Quran.

"This kind of behavior or threats of action put our young men and women in harms, way and it's also the best imaginable recruiting tool for al Qaeda," the president argued.

Mr. Obama again defended religious freedom that would allow a mosque to be built near Ground Zero.

"We are not at war against Islam," he said. "We are at war against terrorist organizations that have distorted Islam."

Before the president had even finished speaking House Minority Leader John Boehner delivered a response stating "half-hearted proposals and full-throated political attacks won't end the uncertainty".
 

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