Political hot potato: Jay Carney ensures that the buck gets passed on Benghazi
Carney on Biden's lies about security requests: "VP was speaking about himself, the president and the white house. Not the administration."
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) October 12, 2012
In today’s White House Press Briefing, Jay Carney embarked on some mind-blowing intellectual acrobatics. Unfortunately for him, he failed to stick the landing. He failed miserably.
Among his bizarre assertions was that when Joe Biden said last night that the Obama Administration was never informed of security concerns at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the vice president wasn’t actually talking about the Obama Administration, per se:
In spirit of “No controlling legal authority” & “It depends on what the definition of ‘is” is” Jay Carney defines the word “administration”
— Kyle Sisk (@kylesisk1) October 12, 2012
So the Obama White House is not part of the Obama Administration. You learn the most amazing damn things from Jay Carney.
— John Hayward (@Doc_0) October 12, 2012
Who’s in charge?? Carney: Biden Was Speaking About Himself, The President, & The White House, Not The Administration buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynsk…
— Ted Newton (@Ted_Newton) October 12, 2012
So according to Jay Carney Biden, “the President and that White House” AREN’T part of the administration? That’s his story?
— DrewM (@DrewMTips) October 12, 2012
Did Carney actually say Biden doesn’t speak for the administration?? Who the frick does he speak for?
— Tina (@0402sgrl) October 12, 2012
— Curtice Mang (@curticemang) October 12, 2012
We wouldn’t put it past him.
But wait! There’s more! Fox News’ Ed Henry pressed Carney over what the Obama Admini- er, White House knew regarding Benghazi and when they knew it. Carney responded by talking himself in circles:
His attempt at verbal tap dancing concluded with a colossal faceplant. Twitterers couldn’t quite believe what they’d seen:
Carney just said “nobody wants to know more about what happened than the president” it was 31 days ago! Obama doesn’t know?!
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) October 12, 2012
Carney moves to insulate Biden, Obama on Libya security question – Really? Dozens of security requests were documented fxn.ws/SWVNMA
— Stephen Xavier (@LifeOnTheRight) October 12, 2012
Never let pesky facts get in the way of a good false narrative.
— Matthew Hennessey (@MattHennessey) October 12, 2012
— ExSubSpy (@ExSubSpy) October 12, 2012
So Obama is either incompetent or covered up and Jay Carney is going with incompetent. Oookay then.
— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) October 12, 2012
And, lest another day go by without someone else getting hung out to dry, today, Hillary’s number came up. While Carney was madly deflecting attention from the Obama White House, he pointed the Benghazigate blame finger at the State Department:
Carney repeatedly said that Consulate security requests are appropriately handled by personnel at the State Dept, not the WH.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 12, 2012
Jay Carney just began putting Hillary in the bus’s path.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) October 12, 2012
Biden: “We” didn’t know they wanted more security. Carney: blame State Dept. hey Hillary, tires on bus headed your way look like Obama logos
— Bill Hobbs (@billhobbs) October 12, 2012
— Jerry Wise (@bluesdriver1) October 12, 2012
— MacLiam (@macliam) October 12, 2012
Shorter Jay Carney Today: Hey Hilary? Stand right here, please. On this big “X”. Also, ignore the traffic noise.
— Jimmie (@jimmiebjr) October 12, 2012
Hope that wherever Hillary is, she’s wearing her helmet.
He even found an opportunity to blame Paul Ryan for the attacks that killed four Americans last month:
When it comes to funding, yeah, this president fights to make sure that embassy security and diplomatic security is adequately funded and make sure that that funding is restored when efforts on Capitol Hill are made principally by House republicans, including Congressman Ryan to slash it in order to cut taxes for the wealthiest 2% in this country.
And he dismissed Republicans’ efforts to get to the bottom of Benghazigate as playing politics.
Carney also insisted that “we have always been transparent about what we know.” It’s unclear who he was including in that “we.” (Just him? He and President Obama? The two of them and Biden, the third stooge?) But Carney is painfully clear about one thing: the Obama Administration is most definitely transparent. We can see right through their shameful attempts to cover their tracks in the wake of their monumental lapses in judgment and integrity.
So, what’s next on the hapless Carney’s docket?
@freebeacon Jay Carney hates his job.Sadly, outside of writing a book in the future, he has grossly compromised his career.
— Jess Kane (@KaneJess) October 12, 2012
— John Modisett (@thebighoot) October 12, 2012
With any luck, he won’t have to stand it past Inauguration Day.