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Carney Thinks Sharknado Reference Has to Do With “NATO”

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:

Carney: Yes.

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:

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22 Responses to Carney Thinks Sharknado Reference Has to Do With “NATO”

  1. Ok, here are some pop culture inspired descriptions of the Obama administration…

    Crapnado
    Corruptionado
    Nazinado
    Psychonado
    Bananarepublicnado
    Hatenado
    Dictatornado
    Destroyamericanado
    Sodimizeamericanado

    …endless

  2. I can’t believe I’m coming down on Carney’s side. If I heard someone say “gridlock-nado” in the course of a serious question, I wouldn’t immediately think “Oh yeah, nado= sharks.” The suffix hasn’t taken on a substantive meaning in general parlance.

    Considering how excessively pop-culture-oriented this president is, I think it’s a plus that someone in the White House is too busy with serious matters to know every current pop-culture reference. It’s true that Carney spends most of this time figuring out how to lie about serious matters, but that’s another issue.

  3. “Carney Thinks…” – Keith Koffer

    Gots to stop you right there, Mr. Koffler. You know VERY WELL that those two words don’t go together…

  4. At first I thought this piece was satire.

    Then I realized that this is true.

    And then I cried. Because we don’t own a television that connects to any broadcast channel. And we know about “Sharknado.”

    How the hell did this White House not know about a television show that watched, tweeted, facebooked and talked about by millions of Americans?

    Oh! I remember! They don’t care about what we think.

    Idiots. Every single one of them.

    PS: I’m not faulting any reader who doesn’t know about Sharknado. It just seems weird that this White House — this White House that seems to care ssssoooooooo much about the middle class — wouldn’t have a clue about popular culture. Out of touch.