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Jodi Enda, program planner for the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and a onetime Knight Ridder White House correspondent, describes Sweet's press conference demeanor as dogged. After Obama retreated from aggressive questioning by Sweet and other reporters in March, hotline, National Journal's political news blog, asked: "If he can't face Lynn Sweet, how can he face Al-Qaeda?" Sweet first became a political junkie while reporting on local government in the Chicago area, where the fierce competition was a potent draw for aspiring journalists. In 2006, she started an Obama-focused blog (blogs.suntimes.com/sweet) documenting all that involves the Illinois senator, from his controversial connections with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his thoughts on his mixed-race background to his appearances on the basketball court and his wife's aversion to wearing pantyhose.
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