Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, October 29, 2013
Apparently White House Press Secretary Jay Carney never played with puzzles when he was growing up, otherwise he would know that you can’t “trim the edges” of a puzzle so all the pieces fit together.
The president’s mouthpiece made the inaccurate claim during his daily press briefing Tuesday while answering a question on the dysfunctional mess that is the Healthcare.gov website.
“And this is a piece of that puzzle, and it’s a piece that we’re going to have to trim the edges to make sure it fits, because it has not gone as smoothly as we would have liked. But it’s going to fit,” he said.
Although his job description includes damage control, Carney has managed to make matters even worse for President Barack Obama as his signature legislative act continues to fall apart at the seams. On Monday, Carney attempted to clarify Obama’s 2009 remark that “If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan” by saying that Americans can keep their current healthcare plans, but only if the Obama Administration thinks it’s a good plan.
Carney also tried to blame the website’s failure on the massive amount of traffic it received in its first few days earlier this month. “No, in fact, I think it’s absolutely accurate to say that the volume far exceeded our expectations and that the volume has driven the problems that we’ve seen and exposed some of the problems that we now know about,” he said.
Watch Carney’s remarks below. The puzzle statement comes around the 1:01:00 mark.