First, what a beautiful presidential takedown of cheap-shot artists John McCain and Lindsey Graham. "Outrageous" is how Obama characterized their attempt to "besmirch" and "go after" the accomplished Susan Rice; he then virtually ripped opened his shirt and roared to McCain-Graham: You want a piece of me? Just try it.
Second, a compliment to the White House press corps. Only two, rather brief questions about the Petraeus Affair. These were just as quickly dispatched by President Obama: the White House doesn't "meddle in [FBI] investigations." Next question.
Third, it sure sounded as though Mitt Romney shall remain a complete stranger to the Oval Office's scheduling calendar. Yeah, yeah, I've been a bit too busy to think about meeting with Mr. Olympics, said Obama in so many words, but perhaps I'll make some time someday. Such was the gist. Quite properly. To sincerely seek the advice of an unprincipled cipher in the wake of a nation's mandate for principled governance wouldn't be the smartest move.
Mostly, though, this was the press conference that wasn't. Its no-news timing was manifestly intentional. Obama's meeting with liberals and progressive leaders was just yesterday, his meeting with business leaders is later today, and his meeting with congressional leaders is not till tomorrow. Hence any possible news has been squeezed into inadmissibility. And that, obviously, is how the White House wanted it, for just as obvious (negotiating) reasons.
But damn, there was that McCain-Graham takedown, truly a thing of beauty.