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Wednesday, June 24, 2009; 5:10 AM

President Obama 's presser had a heavy focus on Iran. AP Photo/Ron Edmonds 6 At President Obama's press conference today, six of the 13 total questions he took -- including five of the first seven -- were focused on Iran and whether or not he had been forceful enough in condemning the crackdown on protesters in the wake of the country's election. And, in his opening statement -- always the most important part of a press conference -- the president led off by noting that he was "appalled" by the recent actions in Iran and that the world was "bearing witness" to uprising in the country. Despite the series of Iran questions, Obama didn't move off of his initial statements or his actions -- insisting repeatedly that he had been "entirely consistent" in his statements about the Iranian elections and laughing off, literally, the suggestions that Republican suggestions --

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