Carney to W.H. Journalists: 'An Honor and Privilege ... to Be Where You Are'
3:51 PM, Jan 22, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House spokesman Jay Carney took a minute before his press briefing today to reflect. "I want to welcome you to the first full day of the President’s second term. It’s a tremendous honor and privilege to be here working for this President and for the country," the former Time magazine journalist said.
Then, he took a second to tell the journalists in the room that it's their "honor and privilege," too. "And I know, because I remember being where you are, what an honor and privilege it is to be where you are covering a White House," said Carney.
Later in the briefing, a journalist with the "Saudi Press" asked, "In the second term, does the President plan on addressing his first campaign promise to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay?"
Obama signed an executive order calling for Guantanamo to be closed within a year--exactly four years ago today.
Carney today blamed Congress for the delay. "Well, as you know, the President remains committed to that. He agrees with military leaders as well as his immediate predecessor that we ought to do that. There are obviously obstacles in Congress to that, but we will continue to work towards that goal because he believes it’s in the best interests of our national security," said Carney.