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Obama To Fox Newser: Didn't Realize You Were Romney's Mouthpiece

President Obama zinged Fox News White House correspondent Ed Henry Thursday in a jibe that will certainly play into the hands of those who accuse the cable news channel of being an organ of the Republican Party.

It came after Henry, at a brief presidential news availability, asked a question about how Obama planned to respond to the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S. on American soil.

Henry appended a hyper negative applause line from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's recent national security speech to his question in a clear attempt to prompt an interesting response from the president. He did.

HENRY: ... President Obama, I wanted to get your first reaction to the Iranian terror plot. Your Secretary of State called it a dangerous escalation. What specific steps will you take to hold Iran accountable, especially when Mitt Romney charged last week, "If you do not want America to be the strongest nation on Earth, I am not your President — you have that President today"?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I didn't know that you were the spokesperson for Mitt Romney. (Laughter.) But let me just talk about the plot in particular....

If it had been one of the president's basketball games, you might have heard him shout "Face!" after dropping that three-point jumpshot on Henry. The president was clearly pleased with himself.