White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today sought to extinguish controversy over whether Beyonce lip-synched the national anthem at the Inauguration by going on the attack against reporters.
“What I know about this I know this I know, mostly know from what I’ve read and shockingly it has not all been consistent,” Carney said during today’s White House briefing.
“I’m glad you guys are focused on the important issues of the day here,” he said. “You know, as powerful as this office is, we don’t control the weather and as many issues as we deal with here, we still have to choose what we don’t deal with and this is one of those issues.”
My experience with the White House – any White House, but especially this one – is that when they start attacking reporters, that’s when they are really concerned about something.
I am sure the White House does not want President Obama’s glorious day to be mucked up by a cheap deception. And I don’t blame them.
Beyonce’s “performance” of the Star Spangled Banner was a stirring moment, a sublime, patriotic and powerfully delivered – at some point in time – coda to our nation’s most solemn and important national ritual.
Americans stood on the National Mall and at home with the hands resting on their hearts singing along, united for a moment in reverence for our nation and for a system of government that peacefully installs a leader every four years, and has for centuries.
If it turns out this moment was fraudulent, that what Americans were watching was a tape recording made by a vain star too preoccupied with other things to practice or too concerned with her image to allow for a possible mistake, then I think there are many who will be disappointed.
Our government obscures the truth too often. But in this case, Obama’s own remarks were a sincere statement of his liberal philosophy and a clear signal that he will govern from the Left.
That this may have been adulterated by mendacity should be of concern to him. And it’s an insult to all of us who proudly sang along.