Obama hadn't heard about 'Hannity' invite

'I'll take that under advisement,' he said

NEW YORK -- Maybe Sean Hannity shouldn't hold his breath. During a town-hall meeting Monday afternoon in Elkhart, Ind., carried live by the cable news channels, President Barack Obama said that he hadn't heard that the Fox News Channel host had invited him on "Hannity." An audience member asked him about it during the Q&A, which was carried live by cable news channels.

"I'll take that under advisement," Obama said.

Hannity, along with other conservative talk show hosts, hasn't been holding back in his criticisms of the president's first month in office. And Obama has shown a willingness to take on such critics in public, including telling Republicans on Capitol Hill: "You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done."

Hannity has also been an Obama target during the presidential campaign. "His opinion of me isn't very high, but I'm always good for a beer," Obama told the Indiana audience.

The words came in what may have been a thaw in the relations between Obama and Fox News Channel. The relationship has been famously complicated, ever since then-senator Obama told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace that he would appear on the public-affairs program. It took nearly 800 days and an "Obama Watch" to actually get Obama on last spring.

But Fox News Channel had been invited, along with ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN, to a sit-down with President Obama in the Oval Office early last week. Obama spoke for about 15 minutes with Wallace.

Obama will have a lot of media exposure on Monday, with a primetime news conference Monday afternoon from the White House.

"I've got to go back to Washington and convince everybody" to pass the economic stimulus bill, Obama said in leaving Elkhart on Monday afternoon.
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