White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is apparently unaware of the pop-culture sensation “Sharknado,” thinking a world play by a reporter on the film’s title was in fact a reference to “NATO.”
At Wednesday’s White House briefing, a reporter compared possible government shutdown scenarios to the chaos of Sharknado, which features sharks hurled into Los Angeles by a tornado. Carney didn’t get it.
From the transcript of the briefing:
Reporter: Jay, so are we looking at sort of a “Gridlock-Nado,” where we could have the government shut down at the end of the month and then go into default a couple of weeks later? Is that a possibility?
Carney: (Laughter.) I’m not sure about the NATO part of it, but the —
Reporter: Maybe a better term, then.
Carney: It depends on what Republicans really want to achieve here.
Here’s the video of the exchange: