Yesterday the White House press corps had a few questions for Jay Carney about Hilary Rosen’s relationship with the White House. The Romney camp made a claim that Rosen had visited the White House thirty-five times; surely the White House Press Secretary would have been aware of this and ready to answer questions on Rosen’s ties to the Obama Administration …right?
Eh …not so much. Here is what Jay Carney had to say when asked about Rosen’s visits to the White House and relationship with the Obama Campaign:
“First of all, I have not spoken with the President about this, so I don’t have anything to report to you on that.”
So after “filibustering for twenty-five minutes,” as Glenn put it, the best answer Jay Carney has for the press is that he hasn’t spoken to the President?
“In other words, it’s true,” Stu said. “You don't get in middle of one of these controversies, and this answer is not on the tip of his tongue if there's an answer.”
“He goes back to that all the time,” Pat added.
“Does this guy ever speak to the President?” Glenn asked. “The only time you – the only time you listen to Jay Kearney, and it's an important question. He always answers the same. I haven't spoken to the President about this.”
Here’s more of what Carney had to say:
"Secondly, I think we can all agree, Democrats and Republicans, that raising children is an extremely difficult job. That is true for all mothers, as well as fathers. But, we should focus on where we disagree. It is not coincidental that the very first piece of legislation that this President signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Free Pay Act. It had passed the Congress, and the President signed it into law. Why did it take President Obama coming into office, being sworn into office to have the fair pay act? Because Republicans overwhelming opposed it."
In other words, we all agree – also, Republicans are evil and hate women. “They hate women and that’s just the way it is,” Glenn joked.
“The first thing he did was pass the Lilly Ledbetter Law, and then he proceeded to pay women 18 percent less in the White House than men,” Pat pointed out. “Isn’t that fascinating?”
It’s likely that almost all of the women who are standing with the President on “women’s rights” would be fascinated by this information. However, it’s likely this is one of the very few issues, outside of his desire to redistribute wealth, that President Obama is fairly consistent on.
“Before he got into office he paid women 87 cents on the dollar,” Pat pointed out. “That's 13 percent less.”
So, Carney can’t confirm the White House visits, Republicans hate women, but what about Rosen’s relationship to the administration? Here is what he had to say:
“First of all I haven't seen the records. I don't know that Hilary Rosen. I know three personally. So I’m not sure that those records represent the person we’re talking about …necessarily.”
This is the only group of people that know more than one Bill Ayers, more than one Jeremiah Wright, and now three Hilary Rosens?
“That’s the thing though,” Stu said, “When it was Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright, they said these were not the same people. This time they’re like ‘hmmm, I’m not sure, it could have…we know so many’.”
Glenn joked that the only thing Jay Carney hasn’t done to try and avoid answering questions about this administration is yelling, “LOOK!” and running away from the press corps.
“If this were Canada I had be laughing so hard,” Glenn said.
Unfortunately, it’s not.