President Obama suggested he'll consider military action against Syria if the international community confirms President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons on his own people.
"YOU HAVE THE POTENTIAL OF KILLING MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF PEOPLE, IN THE MOST INHUMANE WAY POSSIBLE. AND THE PROLIFERATION RISKS ARE SO SIGNIFICANT, THAT WE DON'T WANT THAT JENNIE OUT OF THE BOTTLE."
The president addressed his ongoing budget battle with Congress - prodding lawmakers to find a compromise that will replace the automatic budget cuts.
President Obama says,"WHAT'S CLEAR IS THAT, THE ONLY WAY WE ARE GOING TO LIFT IT IS IF WE DO A BIGGER DEAL, THAT MEETS THE TEST OF LOWERING OUR DEFICIT, AND GROWING OUR ECONOMY. AT THE SAME TIME.
The President sounded more optimistic about immigration reform - saying he is confident a bi-partisan plan in the senate that beefs-up border security and provides a pathway to citizenship will make it to his desk.
President Obama praised the efforts of investigators working on the Boston bombing case. Asked whether American's should feel worried at big public events - he said everyone can take a cue from Boston.
Obama says,"WE'RE NOT GOING TO STOP LIVING OUR LIVES BECAUSE WARPED, TWISTED INDIVIDUALS TRY TO INTIMIDATE US."
In response to the news conference - Senator Lindsey Graham issued a statement saying national security has deteriorated on President Obama's watch.
The President was leaving the podium when he returned to comment on NBA player Jason Collins.
Obama says,"HE SEEMS LIKE A TERRIFIC YOUNG MAN, AND I TOLD HIM I COULDN'T BE PROUDER OF HIM."
President Obama spoke with Collins on the phone Monday after he announced he was gay.
President Obama also previewed his upcoming trip to Mexico and Costa Rica, where immigration reform, drug enforcement, and free trade will top the agenda.