Jay Carney Articles


No White House Press Briefing in Last 15 Days

3:05 PM, Oct 09, 2012

The White House has not held a press briefing in the last 15 days, according to records on the White House's website. The last one was held on September 24, 2012, by White House press secretary Jay Carney.

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Our Fearless Misleader

Oct 08, 2012

After more than two weeks of obfuscation and misdirection from the Obama administration, the American public is coming to understand what the U.S. intelligence community learned in the 48 hours immediately following the September 11 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Among the important new details:

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Even Media Isn't Buying White House's Explanation for Middle East Mobs

10:07 AM, Sep 15, 2012

White House spokesman Jay Carney said yesterday that the recent mobs in the Middle East aren't in response to U.S. policy: 

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Carney Says Obama Receives Daily Presidential Briefing in Person 'All The Time,' then Backtracks

12:52 PM, Sep 14, 2012

At the White House briefing today, press secretary Jay Carney seemed confused when talking about how often and where President Obama's receives the presidential daily briefing:

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Carney: Protests in Response to Video, Not America

11:08 AM, Sep 14, 2012

White House spokesman Jay Carney insisted today that protests in the Middle East are not about America but instead are in response to a film: 

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White House Got Some Say Over Journalist's Obama Story

11:21 AM, Sep 11, 2012

Vanity Fair writer Michael Lewis agreed to allow the White House to approve the quotations he used from President Barack Obama in his story about the president in this month's magazine.

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Book: Wasserman Schultz Most Unpopular Obama Campaign Surrogate

7:33 AM, Aug 20, 2012

According to a new ebook released today by Politico writer Glenn Thrush, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a member of Congress from Florida, is the most unpopular of all surrogates for President Obama's reelection campaign. That finding is the product of polling done by the Obama campaign, according to Thrush. 

Surprisingly, the two most popular surrogates are Robert Gibbs and Stephanie Cutter.

Thrush reports: 

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Carney Insists Biden Will Remain on the Ticket

11:40 AM, Aug 16, 2012

White House press secretary Jay Carney insists Vice President Joe Biden will remain on the presidential ticket: 

"Yes," Carney said, Obama-Biden is the ticket. The White House spokesman then took a shot at Senator John McCain for picking Sarah Palin as his running mate in the 2008 presidential election.

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Carney Unaware Air Force One Landing at Base to Be Eliminated by Cuts

2:11 PM, Jul 31, 2012

White House press secretary Jay Carney said he was unaware about defense cuts that will close an Air Force base in Ohio--where President Obama will be landing tomorrow aboard Air Force One. Here's the video, from the White House press briefing:

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W.H. Addresses Gun Laws Issue in Wake of CO Shooting

9:32 AM, Jul 20, 2012

In response to a question about gun laws and violence in wake of the movie theater shooting in Colorado, White House spokesman Jay Carney had this to say:

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White House: No 'Apparent Nexis to Terrorism'

9:17 AM, Jul 20, 2012

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters this morning on Air Force One that, in regards to the Colorado movie theater shooting last night, "We do not believe at this point there was an apparent nexis to terrorism."

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Odd White House Press Briefing Exchange—in Russian!

9:09 PM, Jul 09, 2012

White House press secretary Jay Carney had an odd exchange with a reporter at today's press briefing—in Russian! Via the official White House transcript: 

Q    (Speaks in Russian.)

MR. CARNEY:  (Speaks in Russian.)

Q    (Speaks in Russian.)

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White House 'Congratulates' Morsi on Winning Egyptian Presidential Election

1:13 PM, Jun 24, 2012

White House spokesman Jay Carney issued the following statement in response to the Egyptian presidential election:

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White House Spokesman: Executive Privilege Is 'Entirely About Principle'

1:24 PM, Jun 21, 2012

At today's White House press briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney said invoking executive privilege is "entirely about principle." The assembled reporters laughed. Watch here:

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White House Schools the Press: 'You All Ought to Do Your Jobs'

1:09 PM, Jun 11, 2012

White House press secretary Jay Carney used today's briefing to tell members of the press how to do their job. "You all ought to do your jobs and report on context," Carney said in response to a question on President Obama's Friday comment Friday that "the private sector is doing fine."

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White House Punts on Same Sex Marriage—Again

Cancels trip to N.C. on day of vote.
12:04 PM, May 08, 2012

White House spokesman Jay Carney was asked aboard Air Force One about President Obama's position on same sex marriage. He punted. Again. From today's pool report:

On whether the White House feels the need to clarify the president's gay marriage stance, Carney said he had no updates. He said he's sure POTUS will be asked about the topic in future interviews and press conferences and will discuss his views then.

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A Life of Ceaseless Toil and Sacrifice in the Imperial City

2:01 PM, Apr 27, 2012

The men and women who go the hard yards to cover the White House belong to an organization that calls itself the White House Correspondent's Association. This outfit puts on a little soiree every year, where members can decompress after the tortures of being condescended to, hour after hour, by spokesman Jay Carney.

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President Heard of Further Secret Service Allegations from Press

2:14 PM, Apr 26, 2012

The president was unaware of further allegations about Secret Service misconduct before reading about in today's newspapers, spokesman Jay Carney said at today's White House briefing.

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W.H. Contradicts Obama Campaign's Claim that Buffett Rule Is 'a Key Step to Reduce the Deficit'

12:09 PM, Apr 10, 2012

President Obama is traveling to Florida today to tout the so-called Buffett Rule, as well as to raise money from people who would have to pay more taxes under that same rule. The president's proposal "asks everyone to pay their fair share" of taxes, according to the White House. In other words: It's an increase on taxes for the rich.

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President Invokes God in Jobs Bill Pitch

5:05 PM, Nov 02, 2011

Speaking Wednesday in Washington in front of the Key Bridge, which spans the Potomac River between the District of Columbia and Virginia, President Obama criticized the Republican House for not focusing on job creation. "You have legislation reaffirming that In God We Trust is our motto. That's not putting people back to work. I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work," he said. (Maybe Evan Thomas was on to something...)

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White House: No Comment on Hoffa's Remarks

7:21 PM, Sep 06, 2011

A major labor union leader, Teamsters president James Hoffa, is not backing down from comments he made shortly before President Barack Obama's Labor Day speech that called on union workers to “take these sons of bitches out,” referring to members of the Tea Party and Republicans. Hoffa tells Talking Points Memo that he has “no regrets” about his remarks yesterday in Detroit at the Obama event.

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White House's Carney on President's Debt Ceiling Plan: 'You Need it Written Down?'

In 2009, the president derided Republicans as unserious for not having a budget. So why won't the president release a debt plan now?
1:35 PM, Jul 26, 2011

The White House briefing room is often known as the place where news goes to die. Reporters try hard to get the press secretary to “make news” – or say something useable for their television/radio/print/web stories of the day. They often fail, in part because the job of the press secretary, in many respects, is to avoid doing exactly what the reporters in the room are trying to get him to do – make news. Every once in a while, though, there is an exchange in the White House briefing room that provides clarity on a major issue of the day.

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Is the Press the Obama Administration's Farm Team?

9:09 AM, May 13, 2011

Is the mainstream media the Obama administration's farm team? With the hiring of the Washington Post's Shailagh Murray to be Joe Biden's new communications director, which happened after the vice president's old press guy (Jay Carney, formerly of Time magazine) was called up to the major leagues to be the president's press secretary, that's certainly the impression one gets. 

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Obama Has Yet to Speak Out on Libya Due to 'Scheduling Issue'

3:56 PM, Feb 23, 2011

Here's White House press secretary Jay Carney explaining why the president hasn't given a satisfactory response to the situation in Libya:

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Carney on Budget: 'Extraordinary Document'; Geithner: 'Unsustainable'

3:53 PM, Feb 17, 2011

Mixed messaging from the Obama administration today on the budget: Spokesman Jay Carney called the president's budget "extraordinary," while Treasury secretary Tim Geithner said "it's unsustainable."

Here's Geithner:

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