The White House is displaying sly contempt for the Republican convention, suggesting the proceedings are too unimportant to take up much of anyone’s time.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said during today’s briefing he hadn’t even bothered to check if President Obama had watched Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech Wednesday night – even though he had to have known the question about whether he did was coming – but noted that he doubted Obama had tuned in.
Wednesday, Carney affirmed that Obama had missed Tuesday night’s proceedings altogether, choosing to get some reading out of the way and tune into some sports.
Carney indicated he himself had been more interested in how the Washington’s baseball team was doing than how Ryan fared.
“The Nationals were on a losing streak, and I needed to make sure they won,” he snickered.
Carney, who acknowledged reading about the speech afterward, refused to even bite on several leading questions he could have hit out of the park about whether he thought Ryan was intentionally making inaccurate statements.
The contempt started last week when it was revealed Vice President Biden was slated to speak in Tampa while the convention was being held in the city. The White House reeled that one back in, though, canceling Biden’s trip and claiming they didn’t want his presence to interfere with local efforts to deal with Hurricane Isaac.