Boyle Bumps Obama Presser

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2009 6:41 AM CDT
President Barack Obama gestures during his news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on Washington, Tuesday, June 23, 2009.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – Susan Boyle may have lost in the final of Britain's Got Talent, but the Scottish spinster prevailed in an even bigger battle—with Barack Obama. When the White House told TV networks it was scheduling the president's news conference for 9pm Eastern time, NBC refused on the grounds that it had an exclusive Boyle interview scheduled. The administration acquiesced: Obama's going on at 8.

The White House won't admit that Boyle forced it to reschedule. A spokesman said that "rescheduling for one hour earlier would help us to arrange for as many Americans as possible to hear directly from the president"—although West Coast voters will still be at work. As for Boyle, clips from tonight's interview reveal that she's had a slight makeover, and she admits that she "brushes up quite well."