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Carney Avoids the Podium on his First Day

by Keith Koffler on February 14, 2011, 12:55 pm

Newly installed White House Press Secretary Jay Carney spent his first day on the job officially staying away from the White House briefing room.

Carney, who replaces former Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, decided not to speak to the nation today. The decision surprised and disappointed White House reporters, who presumably will have to wait until Tuesday to get a crack at President Obama’s new spokesman.

Carney has never briefed from the podium, and his first appearance will be a high-stakes, high-pressure affair. Not only does he have no experience under the klieg lights, but he has only been in the business of answering reporters’ questions for two years. He was a journalist himself before going to work as Vice President Biden’s spokesman at the start of the administration

Carney’s avoidance of the briefing room carries some peril for President Obama, who is releasing his budget today. Normally on “budget day,” a briefing by the OMB director and possibly other economic aides is followed by an appearance by the press secretary, who is more adept at “spinning” the all-important document and who can also clean up any mistakes made by his wonkish colleagues. Last year, Gibbs briefed soon after Obama’s economic advisers were finished.

Carney informally took one question during Obama’s trip this morning to the Baltimore area. Asked how it was going, he said, “Great. So far so good.” And he related a conversation between Obama and a woman who is a teacher at the school he is visiting.

“I love your enthusiasm,” Obama said, according to Carney. “I just love what I do,” the teacher replied

UPDATE 7:18 pm: The Obama schedule for Tuesday is out. There is no mention of a briefing by the press secretary. When there is going to be a briefing, it is usually on the schedule.

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Regulas February 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm

He is still in “know how to lie to other peoples faces and to the camera” class.

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John C February 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm

How pathetic

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Tom February 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

We expect nothing more from the JV squad president.

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Nightwriter February 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm

One more incompetent for an incompetent administration! Is anyone really surprised here???

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Star February 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Hmmm…I thought he was into saving the world…alleviating ignorance wherever it raised its clueless head, etc.

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Massimo Deportado February 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Little lib weenie is going in WAYYYY over his head. LLW is going to have a tough time. LLW, however, will have NO trouble lying. LLW is made to lie.

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srdem65 February 14, 2011 at 2:43 pm

MrCarney spent 2 years cleaning up after “good ol’ Joe” so how hard can this new gig be.

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No Oilbama Fan Here in NC February 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Yes sir… that Oilbama sure can pick ‘em. Of course it’s Bush’s fault. Bush is probably secretly in charge of picking the WH Press Secretary for Oilbama. Yea… that’s the ticket.

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Fool February 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Oilbama? hah, Wasn’t Bush the oil man? I have read some dumb stuff in my time, but this one takes the cake. Congrats.

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Blue Dog February 14, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Difference between oilbama and G. W. is that G. W. actually produced oil while oilbama has turned the tap off and thrown American Oil Workers under the bus!!!!

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Star February 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Can you imagine Palin not being briefed up in a similar situation?

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WarEagle February 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm

It looks like Obama finally found someone with less experience than himself.

The next few weeks should be a real gaff-tastic treasure…

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Rex Uranus February 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm

“I just love what I do” — but don’t expect to SEE ME DOING IT

Apparently the Obama Administration is incapable of hiring anyone with even one honest bone in their body

Amazing how they had to tear her away from the microphone. The Administration’s penchant for incompetence wouldn’t be so laughable, but they all think they are highly capable experts — kind of like the American Idol contestants who storm off complaining about how the judges know nothing, and they are true SUPERSTARS even though we never heard of them before or since.

DELUSIONAL is the word, I believe…

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Sean Patriot February 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Give him a chance. Anyones better than that last idiot

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Rex Uranus February 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm

HIM? Wow, great reading comprehension there, pal. Maybe you should apply to be a White House Czar.

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Rex Uranus February 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm

OOPS

LOL, I take it back…I see the writer refers to Carney as “him” right up until the last paragraph, then it becomes “her”…my bad dude, maybe I should apply to become an Obama Czar!!

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Fool February 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm

That is what happens when you fail to read the article before jumping on someone else’s back. Your internet privileges should be revoked.

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JBH February 14, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Guys, the “her” in this quote is the teacher Obama is talking to.

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Tom February 14, 2011 at 5:41 pm

His chance was this morning.

Now it will be Tuesday.

The liberal blogosphere is rife with indignation that Dear Leader dare touch entitlements; I am not only shocked he would (its too little too late), but even liberal-Marxists throw their own to the wolves when it is politically necessary. Bill “I never had sex with that White House employee” Clinton staked his presidency on his ability to win votes *at any price* as Obama is showing now.

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HeckSpawn February 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm

“Carney Avoids the Podium on his First Day”

Let’s hope he keeps it up on his second, third, fourth, fifth, etc…

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Youschmuck! February 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm

the difference between p00p-scooping behind hairplugs slo-joe biteme and pharoh sotero is that the worst joe does is leave a tuurd in the punch bowl while the kenyen leaves a wake of destruction….one you could almost feel sorry for as an old dolt who should be put out to pasture, the other you shudder in revulsion and horror to as he wields a wrecking ball to our nation, constitution, way of life, world and freedom with culpable yet arrogant reckless abandon.

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Eric February 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm

nice!

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Gary Hench February 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm

and when he’s finished, we have then to contend with Mooshelle and her arrogant condescention over what I order at McDonalds.
two putz’s!

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Sal February 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm

The country faces economic ruin and we get to hear a teacher in Baltimore
telling us how she loves her job. Fiddling as Rome burns.

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Paul February 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm

No surprise, when he realized just how much lying he was going to have to do he probably freaked out.

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cluelessinky February 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I’ve never understood White House briefings and the press. Does any reporter really expect to get an honest thoughtful and complete answer from an individual whose job it is to protect his boss from the press? I say stay away from these shams and spend the time tracking down good stories that will put the pols feet to the feet and protect Americans from their government!

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Mexifornia February 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm

What and do hard work? Leave the confines of comfort and cocktail parties. How gauche. No No I am privileged and pampered that won’t do.

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Tom February 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Excellent post!

The answer is a qualified …. NO.

Thats why you have a website like WHITE HOUSE DOSSIER. Although Bill O’Reilly says “the spin stops here”, he is a spin meister. Were lucky to have Keith at the helm because he can cut through the liberal bullshit better than anyone and pull the real story out.

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Maggie February 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Carney has a special GOP Valentine’s Day card @ http://www.gopvalentine.com/

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Eric February 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm

He still has more experience than most people in the WH and more than a certain community organizer we all know.

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satch February 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Carney: I didn’t know it would be for real with live press people. And I have to answer questions that aren’t picked out ahead of time,like for Obozo at those town meetings?

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JG February 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm

This will be interesting. I just wrote a piece about how the Obama administration mishandled Egypt from a PR perspective. You can read it here: http://www.jasongriffin.net/blog/2011/2/10/crisis-communications-how-obama-mishandled-the-crisis-in-egy.html

It will be interesting to see if Carney can get it together.

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Advocatus Diaboli February 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Carney is already drowning in B.S. and unable to catch his breath enough to come to the podium.

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Tom Powers February 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I don’t care what they’re paying this poor putz- he’s going to be used & abused by the press corps (that’s pronounced core, not corpse , Obama) and the WH. Can you imagine trying to sell PresBO’s crap to people-and keeping a straight face? Pitiful! Good luck, pal. You’re gonna need it!

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fmc February 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Sheesh, another amateur on Obama’s team. This one gets cold feet.

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Roy Rogers February 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm

How long does it take to be shown the ropes by a teleprompter?
Maybe Obama meant “Art” instead of “Jay”?

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Demobust February 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Jay, your decision to accept the job as PS isn’t a journalist’s resume enhancement, OH sorry correction it is a resume enhancement when applying to of the national news networks. THE indoctrination as PS will ordain you as a lap dog of the left, a young turk with pablum for brains.

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Johann February 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm

It is so sad to see the absence of adults in the “American government. So many immature frat boys and inexperienced nerds. the future is very dim under this gang. send in the adults. BTW Joe Biden is not an adult but a seventy year old bumbling teenager.

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Tom February 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm

This is an excellent assessment of the Obama Administration: frat boys. Obama spent time in college ” … in search of Marxist professors” among other racial groups to coalesce power ( the only job they are good at ) only to realize that when your Chief Executive you must lead. Leadership is something Saul Alinksy never taught him (or Mrs Clinton).

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Sam February 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Maybe he doesn’t see anything good to spin in Obama’s budget. Probably hoping everyone will forget it by tomorrow. I certainly don’t see anything good there – it’s a disaster!

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Thom February 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Get ‘em a teleprompter!

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Charles Hogan February 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I am sure he will be just as ignorant as the one leaving.

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Lizzy February 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm

New “Baghdad Bob” too scared to meet the reporters? Lots of apples on the Obama tree who are in way over their heads looks like another one.

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rob February 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Oh lawdy! It’s going to be like leading a pig to the slaughter house. This guy is dead meat walking….

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borntobePolitical February 14, 2011 at 5:28 pm

After two yeas following Biden with the scooper, he should be pretty adept at cleaning up after a mess was left.

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Tony February 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Ah, the nation once loved your enthusiasm too Mr. President. Unfortunately, your lack of experience and ability to hand tough situations too has been revealed. Carney is just mirroring his boss.

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Tom February 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm

No doubt the absence from the podium today is the WH’s hit they took off Huffington Post, and then later in the liberal blogosphere when the main story on HuffPo at 8:00 a.m. was this:

“UNKIND CUTS: Obama budget to hit working poor and middle class”

The WH probably wants the wailing and knashing of teeth to subside (interestingly from the liberals) before he puts Carney on the chopping block.

I do agree with a poster who calls the WH spokesman “Bagdad Bob”. I have never seen a WH in more disarray, more confusion than O & Co. Your CIA Director gets “live updates” from CNN; your DNI makes an on the record statement that the Muslim Brotherhood is a “secular organization.”

Heavens.

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Cleophis FlyJuice February 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm

It’s going to be hard for Carney to be such a prophetic liar as gibBS was. I always said, Obama should have taken over as press secretary… he can be on TV every day (as he loves to be) and who is a better at smoke and mirrors than the Pathological Liar in Chief???

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Mexifornia February 14, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Ever the workhorse, the one, in a stupor of laziness, “hey Joe know anyone that can replace Gibbs?” Presto we get another gift. This will be fun.

Regulas – very funny let’s hope he fails the class

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CV February 14, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Our government is a huge pile of human excrement.

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nickatdabeach February 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm

2012 can’t come soon enough – let’s hope the GOP doesn’t throw up a sacrificial lamb like McLame or Dole this go-round – they’ve got to get it right & they know it – and please, no more New World Order proponents, either… two Bushes, one Clinton and now an Ovomit have done enough damage in the last 30 years

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Lee Vanden Brink February 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Maybe Carney doesn’t have any good news about Obama. But, if you need some quick laughs about today’s news click on Political Follies…
http://politicalfollies.blogspot.com

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Kazwell February 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Gibbs was a nerd and a total jerk, but I have to say he had guts to stand there and lie to the public without even flinching. Sadly, that’s what Press Secretaries do. Now Carney has the pressure of not only finally facing the public, but has to explain why he went chicken sh*t on his first day. He’s got pressure on all sides now. I would almost feel sorry for him if I didn’t know who he worked for.

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George Rush February 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Chicken ***T

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jeff February 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm

WOW another typical odumba crony, unwilling to face the public and choose being an arrogant Pri#$.

The king (odummy) definitely has no clothes. You look like a fool barry.

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Blue Dog February 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm

This should be more fun than having Gibbs for the White House mouth piece. Rotflmao!

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DixieRecht February 14, 2011 at 5:53 pm

This is so typical…and the “Mainstream Media” will ignore this, in fact laud him as ‘strong’, ‘forceful’ and an ‘excellent choice to replace Gibbs”.

If only Obama was treated with the same ‘deference’ as Bush!

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Sammie Jo February 14, 2011 at 5:54 pm

I’m disappointed, I was so looking forward to seeing the new Bagdhad Bob.

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Mitch Pawl February 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm

A putz working for a PUTZ.

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John February 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm

It is with deep humility and total embarrassment that I must admit that I voted for the “community organizer” who calls himself President. The level of ineptness, incompetence and outright arrogance of this administration is truly astonishing! His political appointments have been disastrous; this latest selection of press secretary is no exception.

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David Kramer February 14, 2011 at 6:02 pm

What does he have to worry about?
Have you seen the questions that Gibbs got?
There is no longer a press, it is now called The Ministry of Truth.

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change0 February 14, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Why am I not surprised that he has no experience? Look at the president’s experience who hired him

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