Maybe it proved to be too much strain for Jay Carney. There’s only so much a person can take, even if that person is a dyed-in-the-government-issued-wool, communist-poster-collecting hardcore leftist fibber.
There was no tale, no matter how preposterous, that Carney wouldn’t spin for his boss, President Obama, or any of the White House rogues gallery.
Carney was Obama’s Mouth of Sauron, Baghdad Bob, Goebbels and Emily Litella all rolled into one. While the new guy, What’s-His-Name, promises to be a first-rate blocker (just ask journalist Sharyl Attkisson), Carney will be a tough act to follow.
So in honor of unindicted co-conspirator Chilly Con Carney the Mighty Spewer of Wordstuff, here is a brief listing of some of his memorable quotes:
- “Raising the debt ceiling is not additional spending. It is simply saying, you, the United States of America, can continue to borrow the money you need to pay the bills you have already rung up.”
- “The debate we won’t be having is whether or not the debt ceiling should be raised. We will not have a situation where people will hold the American economy hostage in order to achieve a specific agenda – at least not until 2013. So we think that is incredibly important as a matter of economic good.”
- “The White House doesn’t create jobs. The government together – White House, Congress – creates policies that allow for greater job creation.”
- “In fact, I think – our view of this is that while the agreement, the compromise did not achieve the kind of super-sized deficit reduction that we sought, it did end the uncertainty around the perception, the possibility that the United States might default on its obligations for its first time. That was a good thing.”
- “There’s no specific reason except that the president’s obviously got a lot on his plate.”
- “If even one child’s life can be saved by actions taken in Washington, we must take these actions (against guns).”
- “When I go stand up at the podium in front of the White House press corps, I never lie. I never say something that I know is untrue. Credibility is enormously important to a press secretary.”
- “It was explicitly not about Benghazi.”
- “The White House and the State Department have made clear that the single adjustment that was made to those talking points by either of those two institutions were changing the word ‘consulate’ to ‘diplomatic facility’ because ‘consulate’ was inaccurate.”
- “(President Obama’s) concern was with what he saw as an abuse of the signing statement by the previous administration. So that the positions he took in signing statements on the budget bill entirely consistent with that position, you need to retain the right to, as president, to be able to issue those signing statements, but obviously they should not be abused.”
- “I know three, personally, women named Hilary Rosen.” (Denying that “independent” Anne Romney critic Hilary Rosen was the same Hilary Rosen who frequently met with top White House officials.)
- “The fact of the matter is, if you had insurance on the individual market prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and you have that plan today, you can keep it, you’re grandfathered in forever. No matter how crummy the plan is.”
- “(The White House) does not interfere with Justice Department investigations.”
- “The president will go back to Galesburg, Ill., today to deliver a speech about where we need to move the economy, what we should be focusing on here in Washington. And it shouldn’t be on the skirmishes that cause gridlock, it shouldn’t be on the phony scandals that have consumed so much attention here, all to come to naught.”
See you around, Jay. Don’t let the door hit ya where the dog shoulda bit ya.