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:Read more
White House spokesman Jay Carney said yesterday that the recent mobs in the Middle East aren't in response to U.S. policy:Read more
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:Read more
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:Read more
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.Read more
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:Read more
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.Read more
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:Read more
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:Read more
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."Read more
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.)Read more
White House spokesman Jay Carney issued the following statement in response to the Egyptian presidential election:Read more
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:Read more
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."Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
New York Times: "Pro-American Militia Members Die in Blast in Iraq"
David Beckworth and Ramesh Ponnuru: "Tight Budgets, Loose Money: Why Both Liberals and Conservatives Are Wrong About How to Fix the Economy"Read more
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...)Read more
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.Read more
CBS News: "Clinton: US using 'smart power' for Libya, Syria"
Reform Medicaid: "Fact Checking FactCheck.org on Rick Perry and Texas Medicaid Costs"Read more
Keith Hennessey: "Why I support the Boehner bill"
Tim Carney: "Debating a pivotal policy question -- like grown-ups"Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Here's White House press secretary Jay Carney explaining why the president hasn't given a satisfactory response to the situation in Libya:Read more
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