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Obama sidetracked by fiscal mess, but presses on

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Associated Press - March 21, 2009 5:33 PM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is hoping to refocus attention on his ambitious agenda.

It's been knocked off balance by the brouhaha over bonuses given to financial executives.

In his radio and Web address, he has tried to put the financial finger-pointing behind in favor of his policy pillars -- deficit cutting, overhauling health care and energy, improving education.

He's using a flurry of events this week to make his case, including a network television interview and a prime-time news conference.

Tomorrow on CBS' "60 Minutes," he reaffirms his support for beleaguered Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, roundly criticized over the bonus flap and steps to revive the economy.

In the interview set to air tomorrow, Obama says if Geithner offered his resignation, the answer would be, "Sorry buddy, you've still got the job." CBS released excerpts today.

On Tuesday, Obama holds a prime-time news conference.

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