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Video || Fireworks in the Briefing Room!

Yeah, it happens.

Ed Henry of Fox News, one of the few White House reporters – actually just about the only one – who makes it his regular duty to awaken snoozing C-Span viewers with some cross examination in the Briefing Room, wondered Thursday whether the White House was sticking to a story on the debt ceiling the Washington Post had proved false.

Well, it was sticking to it.

Two days ago, Obama said:

You have never seen in the history of the United States the debt ceiling or the threat of not raising the debt being used to extort a president or a governing party and trying to force issues that have nothing to do with the budget and nothing to do with the debt.

The Washington Post said presidents had been “extorted” many times by lawmakers attaching extraneous items to debt ceiling increases, including campaign finance measures Democrats led by Sens. Edward Kennedy and Walter Mondale sought in 1973 as Watergate took hold.

Carney maintained that the president was accurate, but note how Carney’s statement differs from the presidents:

There is no question that prior to 2011, there has never been a case where one party with one ideological agenda has threatened to default on the United States obligations for the first time in its –

Now we’re talking about one party with one ideological agenda.

Let’s go to the videotape. Notice how Carney, who is challenged far less than other press secretaries I’ve witnessed, doesn’t deal with it very well in this case.

52 thoughts on “Video || Fireworks in the Briefing Room!”

    1. EXACTLY!

      The Math wizards of 1600 Penn can’t add 2 and 2 together. The President loves telling us constantly that adding trillions of dollars of so-called stimulus wouldn’t add to the debt.

      Are at least they pretend.
      As a Senator he talked about the deficit. As a Senator he voted to not raise the debt ceiling.

      They are LIARS. And that is too good.
      I’m done being nice and polite.
      They are taking this country to a place where we can not return because of their partisianship.

      1. “The Math wizards of 1600 Penn can’t add 2 and 2 together. The ” – Scottso

        Democrat math.

        (hypothetical dissertation from just about any Liberal “scholar” on the subject of Obama’s numbers adding up)

        2+2 = Cultural imperialism, because we all KNOW European Caucasians stole the numbers from the Arabs, and used it to opress Black people, just like they’re doing NOW to Obama because they can’t stand to see a strong Black man in charge. After all, numbers have been used to opress women and homosexuals throughout history, as well as giving Republicans an excuse for throwing homeless people out of their, uh, homes and taking medicine from old people while stealing candy from babies,and using it to foul the air and water just because they don’t like clean air and water. After all, we need more clean air, especially when we’ve been choomin’ in the van for awhile, and candy is pretty tasty after we…uh…what?
        Oh, yeah, IT’S BUSH’S FAULT! RACIST! Ohh, squirrel…

    1. Amen! Don’t know what changed Boehner’s mind – maybe the threat of being ousted from his cushy speaker’s chair by the small but vocal conservative minority – but at least he took a stand. Congratulations to Senators Cruz and Lee who withstood the hordes of Hell that is state-run media and leading the way forward. Victory is achievable if only the Republicans heed the advice of Ted Cruz and DON’T BLINK!

      1. I haven’t said anything until now, but I think this defunding thing is a Quixotic loser that plays right into the president’s hands. It is a waste of time, won’t happen, and will be turned back on the Republicans by the mighty propaganda machine, or what’s left of the latter.

        1. We can agree to disagree. Just realize we lose 100% of the battles we never fight with these radical leftists. I prefer to fight and thank God so do 230 patriots in the House of Representatives who voted to defund this monstrosity. Time for Congress to tell us whose side they are on – the American people or the ruling class?

          1. I’m with you, Susan, and Mark Levin on this one. Even losing this battle the GOP is still aligned with the American people. Win/ win I say.

        2. Not so. There is a real possibility that out of this Obamacare will be postponed for a year as a compromise. But I’m not looking at that right now. I’m hoping that Obamacare will go the way of a Syria strike because of input from we the people.

        3. Not so certain. I think Obama was betting on continued republican head in sand syndrome (I know…not accurate but I didn’t want to say a$$). There is no risk of default…only forcing democrats to find a way to fund the unAffordable unCaring Act. As long as the GOP doesn’t fold, this is all on the Dems.

  1. Remember Obama saying this: “You have never seen in the history of the United States the debt ceiling or the threat of not raising the debt being used to extort a president or a governing party and trying to force issues that have nothing to do with the budget and nothing to do with the debt.”? Can you say Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan?
    Shutdown POTUS
    September 30 to October 11, 1976 (10 days) G Ford
    September 30 to October 13, 1977 (12 days) J Carter
    October 31 to November 9, 1977 (8 days) J Carter
    November 30 to December 9, 1977 (8 days) J Carter
    September 30 to October 18, 1978 (18 days J Carter
    September 30 to October 12, 1979 (11 days) J Carter
    November 20 to November 23, 1981 (2 days) R Reagan
    September 30 to October 2, 1982 (1 day) R Reagan
    December 17 to December 21, 1982 (3 days) R Reagan
    November 10 to November 14, 1983 (3 days) R Reagan
    September 30 to October 3, 1984 (2 days) R Reagan
    October 3 to October 5, 1984 (1 day) R Reagan
    October 16 to October 18, 1986 (1 day) R Reagan
    December 18 to December 20, 1987 (1 day) R Reagan
    October 5 to October 9, 1990 (3 days) GHW Bush
    November 13 to November 19, 1995 (5 days) W Clinton
    December 5, 1995 to January 6, 1996 (21 days) W Clinton

    1. I remember these days…don’t recall all the reasons for the shutdowns. But I do recall that the world still turned and the sun still rose and set…every single day.

      1. The only thing I remember is that one of the two Clinton shut-downs resulted in a late night pizza delivery to the starving President by none other than Monica Lewinsky – a snack Clinton could well have done without.

  2. The comPost even gave it 4 Pinocchios, so it was a whopper, even to his own team.

    Memo to Jay Carney: First rule of holes is, if you’re way too deep in one, QUIT DIGGING.

      1. I don’t know if they’re deliberately TRYING, but they’re definitely SUCCEEDING.

        Maybe if they did a Broadway musical about this administration, they could call it “How To Succeed at Failure Without Really Trying.”

      2. It’s because THEY think WE are the dummies and they have the superior minds… Fact is, they have been registering pinocchios for 5 yrs and running! Looks like the “chickens are comin home”
        … as uboma’s ex-spiritual leader of 10yrs used to say…
        ( the incredibly racist mr. wright)

        1. “It’s because THEY think WE are the dummies and they have the superior minds…” – ol gator

          Well, they DID get him re-elected last November, or were at least able to convince most people he was legally re-elected. This would seem to give them a REASON to believe this, about MOST of our countrymen, anyway…

  3. Carney is a true carnival barker.

    Like his boss, he thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room…always. His arrogant, I know it all attitude is really annoying, and he seems so proud of himself after (he thinks) he has put someone in his or her place.

    This is a perfect example.

    1. “These liberals need a complete now dictionary to define their words.” -Sanchez

      …and all that digital storage room they built for the NSA just to keep track of the lies…

  4. Again, don’t argue with us wee U.S. Persons. Argue with the junior Senator from Illinois;

    “The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents – #43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.” – Barry Soetoro

    Ohh, what a hater! Now go call THAT guy a racist, Obama. You’d actually be RIGHT, for once…

      1. The deficit is falling, but that is only because of a huge increase in revenue from Obamacare taxes that have already kicked in. He’s not the first to take credit for reducing the deficit as the American taxpayer is bled dry. Herbert Hoover also bragged about reducing the deficit after signing massive tax increases into effect. The end result was the Great Depression.

  5. “Liar Works in the White House”?

    Today’s “West Wing Week” highlights Obama’s recent speech in which he declares “I will spend every moment of every day I have left…” fighting for the middle class.

    The bulk of the rest of the five minute video again demonstrates that Rep. Joe Wilson had it right.

    Obama’s “laser focus” needs some work. Or perhaps his clock….

    1. PS.

      At his campaign speech today, he mentioned his 2008 Ford Escape with only 2,000 miles on it, because he ended up with a Secret Service-supplied Caddy — “I’m renting, just like my house.”

      Anybody know how much rent Mr. Obama pays to live in the Section 8 Housing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?

      1. From 2011:

        President Obama gave just such a speech today. Speaking at a plant in North Carolina about the tough economic times, PBO claimed that “what drives me every day as I walk down to the Oval Office” is the need to provide jobs and economic security for Americans.

        But Obama opened his speech by bragging that “I have a better plane” than when he visited the same plant three years ago as a presidential candidate. Later, in explaining that he had brought the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness with him to North Carolina, Obama boasted “I travel with a bigger entourage” than he did as a candidate.

  6. The only person threatening a government shutdown is Barack Obama if he doesn’t get everything he wants including funding for his garbage law known unaffectionately as ObamaCare.

    This bozo Jay Carney has to lie to try cover the “president’s” lies.

  7. I wonder Carney can sleep at nights … Anybody else will resign the post and not lose their credibility. I guess more he tries to whitewash the issues, more money he is going to get on his memoirs as a Press Secretary in the most lieing administration ever. Well done for Jimmy boy in carrying Obama’s water.

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