08/18/2014 05:35 pm ET Updated Aug 19, 2014

President Obama Pays Tribute To Ann Compton, Then Dodges Her Question

ABC News' Ann Compton asked what could be one of her last questions ever as a White House correspondent during a press conference Monday. And it was an important one.

Obama was addressing the ongoing conflicts in Ferguson, Missouri, after the killing of Michael Brown by a police officer. Compton asked the final question of the day.

"Have you considered going [to Ferguson] yourself?" she asked Obama, adding, "Is there more that you personally can do?"

The president did not respond directly, but rather went on to talk about the crime rate among young men of color, adding that he wanted to be "careful about not prejudging" the situation until an investigation was complete.

He did, however, give a farewell shout-out to the journalist, who announced that she will be retiring in September after 41 years.

"Ann, we're going to miss you," he said. "We're very, very proud of the extraordinary career and work that you've done."

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