- 2001’s Jay Carney, Times reporter: Man, that George W Bush is such a big poopyhead for pretending to work when he’s really just taking a vacation. And, oh, yeah: he’s pro-business and anti-environmental. Isn’t that just awful?
- 2011’s Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary and Daily Chew Toy: Man, that Barack Obama really needs his vacation – besides, everybody knows that the job follows the President everywhere he goes. That’s why he can keep that laser-like focus on the economy and jobs – he’s pro-business, you know – even at Martha’s Vinyard…
Am I being cruel? Well, yes, but it doesn’t really count with White House Press Secretaries. Their job is to go up onto the podium every day and see whether the media will run out of throwing knives before the press secretaries run out of hemoglobin. This administration typically doesn’t assign people to the job that they would actually mind losing, so why should I show any more consideration?
Besides, Carney was the guy who liked to make comments about politicians who do great speeches, but can’t follow through – and, shockingly, he was not talking about his boss, who is pretty much the Platonic Ideal of that concept.
So to heck with that guy. He made his bed, he did.