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Carney Shows His Appreciation

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.

11 thoughts on “Carney Shows His Appreciation”

  1. It was noticeable how his demeanor had changed. Not quite as flippant as he normally is. I would almost say he was humble…nah, no I won’t.

  2. Keith,

    I appreciate you posting the video.

    While I can’t comment on it because it’s an ongoing situation, I know that the press secretary appreciates your efforts.

  3. OT:
    Listening to Carney the Magician’s voice as he tries to be civil, brought to mind the many members of Congress from both houses and both parties that have stepped in front of the cameras to voice their opinions.

    Most of them look old enough to be my parents, and sounding confused as they make vague comments about the AP and IRS scandal as if they can’t focus on the issues.
    Either their quavering voices are the result of advanced age or they’re nervous about what’s coming next.

  4. I would like the following videos made of Jay saying “unprecedented”, “the WH has no knowledge”, and lastly “unfettered”.

  5. ““His name is remembered in no tale; for he himself had forgotten it, and he said: ‘I am the Mouth of Obama.’

    “He entered the service of the Dark Power when it rose again for the second term, and because of his cunning he grew ever higher in the Dark Lord’s favour; and he learned great sorcery, and knew much of the mind of Obama; and he was a biggar liar than any convict… He it was that rode out, and with him came only a small company of black-harnessed Secret Service agents, and a single oval, blue but bearing on it in white the Evil White House. Now haulting a few paces before the Reporters of the News he looked them up and down and laughed.”

    “Honesty you crave! Barack gives none. If you sue for his records then you must be investigated by the IRS.”

    Keith Koffler asked what the terms were, and the Mouth said that the Republicans would be allowed to go free, so long the reporters follow The White House’s conditions: All the Law- Abiding People of the United States must lay down all arms and surrender. All lands East of the Atlantic would belong to Sauron alone, and all lands West up to the Pacific would pay tribute to Obama; they could no longer keep and bear arms, but Barry would allow them to go about their lives, so long as they helped to rebuild Obamacare.

    These are his terms. Take them or leave them!”

    (Apologies to JRR Tolkien)

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