Scattered Showers of Journalism: Jon Karl, Ed Henry grill Jay Carney

Asking the Obama Administration tough questions may not be what conservatives have come to know ABC News reporters for. But lately, they’ve actually been doing a pretty good job. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney may have been relieved of Jake Tapper’s persistence, but it looks like Jon Karl is picking up where he left off.

Karl asked Carney a great question yesterday about the government shutdown and the impact it’s having on soldier benefits.

KARL: The President, the Commander-in-Chief, is the chief executive — is there nothing he can do to take care of the families?

How did Jay Carney answer? (If you guessed “by blaming the Republicans” you’re on the right track.)

CARNEY: One, the Republicans shut the government down. None of this would be an issue if the government weren’t shut down,” Carney said. “Two, the Department of Defense, as every agency did, warned Congress of the myriad of consequences of shutdown. This is one of those consequences and unfortunately it was not explicitly addressed in the Pay Our Military Act. I’m not assigning blame for that, but it wasn’t. The president learned this had not been addressed.

TheBlaze.com points out that “The Pay Our Military Act was passed by both Houses of Congress before the shutdown and signed by the president to maintain timely pay to members of the Armed Forces.”

CARNEY: …He directed the OMB [Office of Management and Budget] and his lawyers to find a solution and they are working on that and we expect one today,” Carney said. “So I don’t think there is any disagreement that this is a matter that needs to be resolved, that it’s unthinkable that these benefits would not be available. And therefore, he’s doing the right thing as Commander in Chief and making sure its resolved.

Watch the exchange below:

Carney also became testy with Ed Henry of Fox News during the press conference, because he continued to press the issue by challenging when the President first became aware of the veterans issues due to the government shutdown.

TheBlaze reports that, “after first dodging, Carney said, ‘I don’t know specifically. I can tell you when he learned these benefits were not explicitly dealt with in the Pay Our Military Act, he was very disturbed and he asked the OMB and his lawyers to take action.’”

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“I want you to understand something, what the president did yesterday is unconstitutional,” Glenn said.  “I got an email alert from CNN that said ‘the house just passed the appropriations bill to take care of our military and pass these death benefits to make sure that they are paid.’  Harry Reid then comes out and the Senate decides not to pick it up.  41 minutes later, the President announces that he’s gone to a private group to have a private group pay those death benefits and then told the private group, and thank you very much, we really appreciate it.  It’s the Fisher House.”

“The President of the United States constitutionally cannot take on debt,” Glenn continued. “He cannot incur debt. He can’t do that. Constitutionally, he just made Congress completely irrelevant.”

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  • Bonnie Somer

    this is a big part of what he wants y has not one congressmen asked to impeach this usurper of power this ignorer of the constitution they would have the votes the senate on the o/hand is different reid would never allow it 

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    Hold their feet to the fire of truth.

  • Anonymous

    The UNUnited States of America has become the laughing stock of the universe these last 5 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    The responsibility for the shutdown rests on the ENTIRE government.  Republicans and Democrats are both set in their ways.  My notion here is that it doesn’t matter which side is correct.  But who is in power?  Who holds the proverbial strings?  That would be Mr. Reid and Mr. Obama.  There have been offers of piece meal compromises.  The Republicans are making an OFFER of compromise.  The Democrats are making an offer of capitulation or shutdown.  What Barack Obama and Harry Reid don’t realize is that in a Republic, policy changes happen through parliamentary methods, not despotic ones.  Mr. Obama and Mr. Reid can’t get the Republicans to give in, unless they just give up and decide to shoot them all.  What Leftists can never understand is…you can’t just make a person obey you just because you told them to.  People do what they want, the Left will either grasp this or they won’t, but it won’t make it any less true.

  • Anonymous

    This whole ordeal is nothing but a SLAP in the face of the military who made the ultimate sacrifice. I’m amazed why nobody keeps on the fact that those payments were authorized weeks ago. It is so obvious that Obama is the chief who ordered the holdback and his cohorts are lying openly. Of course, the media will not expose this as they only sweep it under the carpet.The US government is becoming the joke of the world.

  • Jesustheonlyway

    Dictator Obama owns the press and the Justice system – who’s going to prosecute him?  He will certainly face God’s judgement!

  • http://www.absoluteintensity.com dennis reilly

    Obama would never and I do mean never! let Mr. Beck interview him

  • Anonymous

    Poor Obummer – he did not know this was happening!  Seems this it the reply to every encounter – HE DIDN’T KNOW IT WAS HAPPENING.  If this is the case then it is past time for Obummer to resign his position and allow someone who would keep up with the government problems and work to solve them.   

  • Jim

    Is it just me or does Jay Carney look like Martin Short from Mars Attacks?

  • Anonymous

    Did you see Carney talk down to the Fox reporter by saying “I told you three times already…”? That’s something a mother says to a small child. He’s also been parroting his Pres. in saying “Let me be clear…” and “I’m going to say it again…” These are not comments (let alone attitudes) worthy of the honorable positions of President of the Unite States and Spokesman for the President.

  • mspatdev

    Mr. obammy has told the world that he wasn’t going to negotiate with the GOP. There is no leadership in this nation. obammy doesn’t no how. It is his job to take care of the USA and not Russia, Syria, Iran or the U.N. and other countries. If he doesn’t know how then resign. He wants to destroy the USA. He hates the USA. If he gets his way now with obammycare, this nation will become a Socialist country. It just about is. With the budget he wants to have his way and no body else gets it. If he has his way, then he will send more money to the Mid-East and his brotherhood muslims jihards. We won’t have nothing. Look at the way he has treated our valued veterans!

  • Anonymous

    Remember ACORN is now Organizing For Action.

  • Lorenzo

    The president acting unconstitutionally!? Say it isn’t so! Mercy me!

  • George Allegro

    Patriots: Arm yourself against the mirage of illusions conjured up by today’s liberals and progressives: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878

  • Anonymous

    @ Mardo:  Sadly we would get Biden, who is even more clueless… or Boener.

  • Socialism is Organized Evil

    Where governments are not limited to particular types of action, such as minimizing coercion, their centralized power undermines liberty.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jesse-Elmore/100000007309980 Jesse Elmore

    I am glad that fucker is not my C in C. anymore! I am ashamed.

  • Anonymous

    No matter what the political stripe, what you’ve said is always true.  Therein lies the true power of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Magna Carta, and the Holy Bible.  We can’t police ourselves without standards.  That’s what makes us human.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.reher.94 Mary Reher

    They are laughing at us because the people have become relaxed and just except this bull shit.People wake up.or when you do wake up it will be too late.You will be a slave to these people.Our nation is being change right in front of your eyes,

  • Anonymous

    “We’ve got to shut the government down to save money! And let’s blame the Republicans for doing it!

    Now, to enforce the shutdown, let’s spend more money than we are supposedly saving by the shutdown.

    Don’t we just love the twisted logic of obama and his cronies to spend money to save it, and make people feel as much pain as possible in the process. Love it that people were put to work to remove handles from drinking fountains in the parks, and hiring “law enforcement” to block road access to public parks, and prevent us from even “looking” at Mount Rushmore!

    C’mon sheeple! Get in line! Do what the master says!

    Now there’s going to be just a one-party government from now on. The so-called Republican party is no more just the “Me-too” party — it is now fully, almost, completely socialist, lovingly rubber-stamping everything obama suggests be done.

    If the Tea Party isn’t a political party — and it isn’t, but groups of like-minded conservative and libertarian people — then how about forming another formal party. Instead of Tea Party, how about something along the lines of, for example, the Boston Insurrection Group, or BIG party. After all, the GOP is initials of The Grand Old Party.

    The Boston insurrection, popularly called the Tea Party, was a factor in the rebellion against unconscionable actions by the then current government, namely the King. Now we have another presently current government, led by one who wants to be king, and acts like a king. 

    Time for another rebellion?

    Remember Benghazi. Who said, “Stand down.”?

    Laus Deo

  • Anonymous

    Because watching Wet Fart Bush take a dump in his pants in front of a classroom full of first graders during the nation’s darkest hour was so much more Presidential than President Obama

  • Defend The Constitution

    Patriots: It is time to go on the offensive against the illusions and superstitions of today’s liberals and progressives: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878

  • Anonymous

    Jay Carney is a lying SOB. The House has sent numerous budget bills to the Senate. The problem is that Harry Reid refuses to bring them to the floor. Reid and Obama are playing childish games with the future of our country. I would certainly hate to see things go as far as they went during the French revolution……………………

  • Anonymous

    I guess maybe you are right… It would have been far better and more presidential to say screw the class of 6 yr olds innocence and scare the crap out of them by jumping up and leaving trail of feces all the way from that stool    to the safety of Air Force One like the Bummer would have done.