On the heels of Alex Jones' implosion on the Piers Morgan show, the White House announced that it would respond to Jones' petition calling for Morgan's deportation because of his pro-gun control advocacy.
The petition did create some unnatural alliances and mixed feelings — pro-gun conservatives found themselves wanting to deport a white person for once, liberals found themselves conflicted between defending First Amendment rights and the knowledge that this was Piers Morgan we're talking about — but it was a long shot. This morning's statement by White House press secretary Jay Carney confirms that our national nightmare of putting up with Morgan isn't going to end any time soon:
Let's not let arguments over the Constitution's Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First. President Obama believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. However, the Constitution not only guarantees an individual right to bear arms, but also enshrines the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press — fundamental principles that are essential to our democracy. Americans may disagree on matters of public policy and express those disagreements vigorously, but no one should be punished by the government simply because he or she expressed a view on the Second Amendment — or any other matter of public concern.
Great, thanks. Now get to the Death Star petition already.
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Tags: Alex Jones, CNN, Guns, Jay Carney, Piers Morgan, White House
I don't know if you've noticed, but there's been a lot of concern in Republican circles about the damage that Joe Biden might possibly be doing to the Democratic ticket. These conservatives seem to be genuinely concerned that the Vice President's non-stop stream of easily exploitable gaffes might take down Obama's chances at a second term.
Like when Sarah Palin said that "the strategists there in the Obama campaign have got to look at a diplomatic way of replacing Joe Biden on the ticket with Hillary." Or when John McCain stated that such a hard decision "might be wise." Or when the Weekly Standard looked at the President's schedule and noted that he would be meeting with both his Vice President and his Secretary of State in the same day and put two and two together news organization worth its salt would do.
Finally, fed up with the White House's infuriating silence in the face of all this rampant speculation and non-disingenuous concern, Fox News' Ed Henry did what had to be done and asked Jay Carney to please settle the matter. Again. Like the White House has done at least a dozen times in the past. Once and for all!
"Let's just settle it, once and for all. All this speculation. This is the ticket: Obama/Biden," asked Fox News Channel’s White House correspondent Ed Henry.
Carney paused before answering through muted laugher, "I think…"
"That's a yes or no," interjected Henry. [Ed note: It's nice to see Henry holding Carney's feet to the fire on this.]
"Yes," replied Carney. "And that was settled a long, long time ago."
Well, I'm glad that's settled. Though, it does make me wonder. Do you think Barack Obama might be replacing Joe Biden as VP?
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Tags: Fox News, Jay Carney, Joe Biden, John McCain, Sarah Palin
Pop quiz time for White House Press Secretary Jay Carney!
Reporter: What city does this Administration consider to be the capital of Israel? Jerusalem or Tel Aviv?
Jay Carney: Um… I haven't had that question in a while. Our position has not changed. Can we, uh…
Reporter: What is the capital [of Israel]?
Jay Carney: You know our position.
Reporter: I don't.
World Net Daily's Lester Kinsolving: No, no. She doesn't know, that's why she asked.
Carney: She does know.
Reporter: I don't.
Kinsolving: She does not know. She just said that she does not know. I don't know.
For chrissake, does nobody have a cell phone on them anymore?! Come on, guys. Get your shit together. You're reporters. Do a little research. This is, like, a really easy question to solve. What did they teach you in journalism school? You just type "capital of Israel" into Google and…
Tags: Israel, Jay Carney, White House, WorldNetDaily
Coverage continues with John Oliver after the jump.
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Tags: Barack Obama, David Axelrod, Jay Carney, Joe Biden, John Oliver, Jon Stewart, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Obama Administration, Television, The Daily Show, Video
Look, as the President of the United States, sometimes you're gonna have to travel. You're going to have to get in a plane and fly to another state and say some presidential stuff in front of a bunch of out-of-work factory workers. It's just the way it is. It's a simple fact of life.
And if, by chance, those some –or most, or maybe all — of those places to which you simply have to go happen to be in swing states that you will need to carry in November to win reelection, is that your fault?
Some Republican legislators seem to think so…
In a letter to the Government Accountability Office from RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, the committee requested an investigation into Obama's recent travel – including trips this week to Iowa and North Carolina – alleging those trips were more political than official.
The White House and Obama For America, the president's reelection campaign, go to great lengths to distinguish between official and campaign activities, as do elected officials and their reelection efforts at various levels of government.
But Obama's recent speeches, the RNC said in the letter, were "events widely reported to be equivalent to campaign rallies." The committee's case sees supporting evidence in a list of the states Obama has visited this month, including the general election battlegrounds of Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio.
Hey, I'm not saying that the president's recent schedule seems somewhat fishy, because it's totally not. I'm just saying that somebody totally else might be tempted to say that the president's recent schedule seems somewhat fishy.
But, I'm certain that Obama's spokespeople have immaculate explanations for anything that anybody might be tempted to maybe think…
Carney seemed offended by q's about whether electoral factors in POTUS travel sked (FL last week, OH + MI this week, NC, CO, IA next week).
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) April 20, 2012
(via Washington Free Beacon)
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Tags: Barack Obama, Colorado, Corruption, Florida, Iowa, Jay Carney, Michigan, Money, North Carolina, Ohio