Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, May 15, 2013
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s bad week doesn’t seem to have any end in sight, other than the fact that he’s now able to laugh about it!
Obama’s chief spokesman opened up his daily press briefing Wednesday by mocking the many expressions he’s displayed as he’s had to defend his boss against the trifecta of scandals that have engulfed the beltway over the past few days.
“I’ve often been asked and seen some comments about what it’s like to be up here, having been over there on the firing line, if you will,” Carney said as he opened Tuesday’s daily press briefing. ”And I can remember sitting in the chair that [CBS News White House Correspondent] Mark Knoller is occupying now when my friend and great predecessor, Mike McCurry, was press secretary, and the day that he came out with a brown paper bag on his head. I can’t do that, because if I did, you wouldn’t be able to see the many faces of Jay in reaction to today’s news — or yesterday’s, rather — provided, of course, by our good friends at The Washington Post. But it is, as they say, part of the job.”
Carney was referring to an article Tuesday by the Post’s Chris Cillezza, which featured seven different expressions that Carney displayed during Tuesday’s press briefing. Carney showed those expressions on the television screen behind him while he spoke.
As for the actual content of his press briefing, Carney once again worked to separate the president from responsibility in the IRS and AP scandals. He did note, however, that the president felt it was the “right time” to have Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) reintroduce a press shield law. Shield laws protect reporters from being forced to reveal their sources.
“The president has long supported media shield legislation, in the Senate during the 2008 campaign, and as president,” Carney told reporters Wednesday. “We are glad to see that that legislation will be reintroduced because he believes strongly that we need to provide the protections to the media that this legislation would do.”