Politico has compiled a video of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney avowing 131 times that he “appreciates the question.”
Press Secretaries like to say this, though Carney has truly made it his calling card. He seems especially likely to employ the phrase when he is actually unenthusiastic about the question, because it’s usually followed by words that don’t provide an answer.
But it makes the reporter feel better and less likely to say something like, I don’t appreciate the non-answer.
H/T to Politico.