The White House’s new Press Secretary Jay Carney arrives to give his first press briefing, February 16

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  1. 1 Temp
    February 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Had to stop after the first question. Like DUH!!! The Press Secretary is there for the PRESIDENT! He’s there to tell you what the president wants him to say.

    Unvarnished truth so they can inform the public? LOL!!!! that’s cute. The press corp inform the public….pardon me while I gag.

    • February 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      That question made me laugh too, Temp! I would have loved if Carney had told them part of his job was to try and counter their bullshit and lies – but maybe that would have been a touch rude? 🙂

  2. February 16, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    What a geek! They’ll hate him! 🙂

    • February 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      As long as they don’t eat him!

      • 5 meta
        February 16, 2011 at 4:57 pm

        He was pretty nervous. Hope he gets comfortable soon. And then Jake Tapper went in for the kill. Such a poser know-it-all crying out for attention. GAG.

        I was sad to hear that Bill Burton is leaving the White House this week. I’ve always liked him and thought he did a really good job. I especially like his calm demeanor and great sense of humor and he’d been with PBO for a long time. I wish him the best in his new endeavor.

    • 6 Dorothy Rissman
      February 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm

      At first glance, I agree with BWD. I am sure he is terribly nervous. Just like a good wine, with time he will age well.

  3. 7 Sonjia Duncan
    February 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    When is Gibbs coming back? I know he has moved on, but I miss him.

  4. 8 vitaminlover
    February 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Well, he had better be on his game to fill Gibbs shoes.

  5. 9 Theo67
    February 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I only managed to watch the first few minutes, but he seemed to do ok. I wish him well – he’ll need it with these vultures.

  6. 10 Kelly
    February 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I think he did well. A bit nervous but he was on point most of the time. Loved how he kept interjecting how the president’s affordable care act already began to address the entitlements thing. Funny how polls show Americans ain’t into the entitlement cuts but media still trying to shove it on POTUS. Sorry corporate MSM, your Repub colleagues gonna have to own this unpopular legislation. *checkmate*

  7. February 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    What I really laughed at was the look on Jay Carney’s face as he walked up to the podium, papers and paper cup in hand, looking out uneasily over his roomful of wild (press) animals.

    I do hope he loosens up, or he won’t last very long. On the other hand, Gibbs has learned to know and love (some of) these guys, so he was easy with them. Someone above called Jay Carney a geek, and I laughed at that too, because it was such a perfectly valid description of him. At least, for today.

    Yes, I’m going to miss Mr. Gibbs. I liked him.

    • February 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      Ha, Joan, what a perfect description! I tried reeeeeeeeally hard not to judge him on his first day, or to keep comparing him with Gibbs, but hopefully he will loosen up – a lot! He showed flashes of Gibbs-like humor, which, I reckon, is an absolutely essential gift when taking on this crowd, if only to deflect potentially awkward moments. These people, after all, aren’t chasing the truth, just gaffes, contradictions and inconsistencies, it’s what they feed off. I was foolish enough to look at Politico a while ago, and that’s exactly the criteria they used to rate Carney’s debut: he made no gaffes. It’s all they focus on. They sounded disappointed.

  8. 14 Audrey
    February 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Some sad news. Bill Burton deputy press secretary just resigned. Makes you think he might be a little upset about being passed over for the job. He will be starting a business with Rahm Emmanuel’s former press secretary who is also leaving.

  9. 16 Sue in Minnesota
    February 16, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I remember Jay Carney appearing on many political daytime cable shows, back when I still watched them. He was a good spokesperson and very likeable. I think he’ll do a good job, it requires such a steady temperament….I’ld be ballistic in 3…2…1

    • February 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      You and me both, Sue! Actually, ballistic would be a polite description for how I’d respond to the press pack: my opening statement to them today would have been something like “*$^% you.” 😐

  10. 18 barb
    February 16, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Wow, poor guy. My maternal instincts are showing. He looks a little young and I agree with you Joan, the look on his face tells it all. Hope the vultures don’t eat him up, chipsticks. It’s not the most cordial group to start out with.

    I wonder what his background is? What a group to cut your baby teeth on. He must have some successes in smarts and communication skills to be chosen for such an important job. Off to search the internet to find out about the Irish lad, Jay Carney.

    Chuck, I am going to hit you over the head if you give Jay a bad time. One thing I am sure of is he is smarter than you.

    • 19 barb
      February 16, 2011 at 7:13 pm

      I don’t believe this. He is 45 years old and has a lot of experience as a jounalist. He is fluent in Russian. He was on Air Force 1 on 9/11 with President Bush. (Boy would I like to ask him a few questions.) His wife is a senior correspondent for ABC. They have a boy and a girl.

  11. 21 VC prezOfan2
    February 16, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Aaaagh! Why didn’t the jerk in the middle of the front row who kept asking Carney what the President meant by yada yada that he said yesterday ask the president himself when he was there yesterday? Probably too much of a coward – well aware that he wouldn’t look as ‘intelligent’ as the THINKS he looks now picking on the ‘new guy’.

  12. 22 Obaman
    February 17, 2011 at 3:52 am

    I think Jay will do just fine. Seems he has a tendency to go a bit easy on these guys considering he himself was a journalist in the past. That’s my only concern. Being nervous on the first day is quite understandable. Considering the feeling that, president would have been watching through the monitor! 🙂

    But honestly, I liked Bill Burton a lot! He was quick and had that sense of humor which worked for him well. It is sad he wasn’t picked for the job. Hopefully Jay builds that rapport with the president fast enough and toughen up soon.

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