An MSNBC reporter asked Rick Perry in an interview that aired this morning whether the Texas governor is "smart enough to be president of the United States." Perry responded that "running for the presidency is not an IQ test."
The pool report from an event at the White House suggests that a reporter brought into the Oval Office for a photo-op of Barack Obama and the president of Yemen wished the president a "happy birthday." Or, at least, someone offered the president good wishes today in the Oval Office ahead of Obama's August 4 birthday.
White House spokesman Jay Carney roasted reporter Mara Liasson who asked whether entitlement reforms would be in the president's budget:
"Mara," said Carney to NPR reporter Mara Liasson, "the way you phrase that question makes me think that you're still working on a typewriter or something. It's available online. The proposal is there."
Carney then would not confirm that entitlement reforms will actually be in the president's forthcoming budget proposal.