White House press secretary Jay Carney on Thursday said Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, had “Putin envy” after his office released a video accusing President Obama of being more willing to negotiate with the Russian leader than with the GOP on budget issues.
“The video, I thought, demonstrated a little bit of Putin envy,” Carney told reporters during his daily briefing.
Guess who wrote this, six years ago?
In Washington, scandals metastasize, growing and changing until we can’t remember what they were about in the beginning. A bungled burglary became a cancer on the presidency, forcing Richard Nixon to resign in disgrace. A money-losing Arkansas real estate deal led to Monica, a blue dress and Bill Clinton’s impeachment. Already, the furor over the dismissal of eight U.S. Attorneys has shifted focus from the crass but essentially routine exercise of political patronage to the essential project of George W. Bush’s presidency: its deliberate and aggressive efforts to expand and protect Executive power.
Go on. Guess. (more…)
I am starting to conclude that Barack Obama is simply not as bright as he thinks that he is:
The next casualty of sequestration could be the Easter Bunny – at least according to a White House e-mail that recently landed in Capitol Hill inboxes.
The White House warned Congress that budget cuts could nix the annual Easter Egg Roll for kids, which is planned for April 1.
Neither, apparently, is White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who spent Friday absolutely pooh-poohing (with a heavy dose of condescension) the idea that the Easter Egg Roll could ever be canceled:
Via Hot Air Headlines comes this tacit admission that all of that stuff about global warming that Obama pontificated about at his last Inauguration? Yeah, that was just what we call pillow talk, baby: “White House spokesman Jay Carney Jan. 23 deflated environmentalists’ hope of a major federal program to counter climate change, by declaring that the ‘we have no intention of proposing a carbon tax.’” Shocking, I know: truly, truly shocking… that Carney was being so uncharacteristically blunt and coherent. I can only assume that he has the flu – it’s a bad year for it – and the drugs are making Jay Carney talk and act all funny.
Anyway, this part is particularly interesting:
“I think the President has long supported congressional action on climate change,” Carney said Jan. 22. But “he looks at [climate control] in a more holistic way, and he will move forward in implementing some of the [regulatory and spending] actions that he took in the first term,” he said.
“It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world … but for Wales, Richard?”
When asked by a reporter about a claim by Michigan state Democrat that “there will be blood” should Republicans pass a union-choice law in Michigan, [White House Press Secretary Jay] Carney professed ignorance and then downplayed the comment.
“I haven’t see those comments, and I’m not sure they mean what someone interprets them to mean,” he said.
They’re praising Osama bin Laden’s name in protests all over Eusrasia and Africa – said protests starting on the anniversary of 9/11 – and Jay Carney thinks that this is all about a sh*tty movie that the government is currently trying to pressure YouTube into removing. I don’t know which would be worse: if this was cynicism on Carney’s part, or honest imbecility.
[UPDATE: Welcome, Instapundit readers. Come, I will conceal nothing from you: it's been a rotten week (the whole family's been down with colds, which is precisely as much fun as it sounds when your youngest is two and a half). Retail therapy would be nice: hit the tip jar to the side and I promise to spend it on wargame miniatures.]
This is going to be a very visual post, and, as usual, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney provides little if any actual semantic content, so I will simply summarize each video. First off, we have the standard obfuscation:
For a given value of “his own.” Short version of this Jay Carney clip: Hilary who? Hilary Rosen? The White House has so many people coming through, after all…
Joseph Curl of the Washington Times enjoyed almost as much as I did watching Jay Carney burn little pieces of his soul off last week over the stupid stuff that President Obama said about judicial review:
…sometimes, you find someone guided by voices ready to say whatever needs to be said from the White House podium. A degree from Yale doesn’t matter then, it’s wriggle out as best you can. And only in Washington can you be sure to get away with simply blaming the press.
Which is just what former “reporter” Jay Carney did this week in a shameless — and, really, quite embarrassing — display of petty partisan PR. But finally, his one-time colleagues called him out on his meandering mendacity, and it was, in a word, hilarious.
Bill Plante of CBS News – yes, one of the Big Three – upon hearing White House Press Secretary Jay Carney yet again try to spin away the fact that President Obama said something extremely stupid Monday about judicial review:
“What he said on Monday was an obvious misspoken moment, because he talked about the Court not being in the position to overturn acts of Congress. You‘re standing up there twisting yourself in knots because he made a mistake and you can’t admit it.”
More here, including the video (H/T: AoSHQ). Some of you are shocked: personally, I am not. I have long taken the position that the Media’s favorite story is The God Who Turned Out To Be A Man After All; when push comes to shove they hunger for that story, and quiver with eagerness to tell it. As the President will be discovering, this go-round.
PS: Yes, the press loves Obama. Just like I love a grilled ribeye, cooked medium, with a side of mashed potatoes and steamed green beans, and don’t stint on the butter.
Hey. It’s a direct quote, OK?
Alternate title: Jay Carney is starting to crack under the strain.
Two thoughts about this:
- Apparently – and contra Andrew Cuomo – you can shuck and jive at an Obama press conference after all.
- I do not look forward with some interest to seeing how Pam Spaulding of Pandagon (and the above Huffington Post/Talking Points Memo writer, and every other person who freaked out about the Cuomo thing during the 2008 election) manages the mental readjustment necessary to simultaneously excuse attacking a white Hillary Clinton supporter for using the term then, while forgiving a white Obama staffer for using the term now. That’s because I can’t see how such a readjustment can be done without some form of trepanning.
Hey. Live by the hardline attitude on language, die by it. Not my fault.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
The Gormogons, on White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s coming crackup:
Carney must realize that this point that he is walking a plank. He knows the press is better informed than he is, and that any good, solid statement he makes will be contradicted within the hour by someone else in the White House. One of these days—and trust the Czar on matters like this—Carney is simply going to show up to a press conference in a sweatshirt, three or four beers in him, and just shrug off every question with “What the hell do I care?”
My sympathy is zero, by the way. He voluntarily took that job, after all.