(CNN) – The White House isn't weighing in yet on a recent interview with Jimmy Carter during which the former president proclaimed America is ready for an openly gay president.
"I haven't asked," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters when questioned about whether President Obama agrees with Carter's recent comments.
An incredulous reporter pressed: "You mean to tell me that nobody talked to the president here about Jimmy Carter's comments. It hasn't come up?"
"I mean to tell you that nobody I know of has talked to the president about Jimmy Carter's comments," Gibbs replied.
Carter's initial remarks came last week in an interview with the website "The Big Think," during which he was asked if a substantial number of Americans would vote for a gay president.
"The answer is yes," he said. "I don't know about the next election, but I think in the near future. Because step by step, we have realized this issue of homosexuality has the same adverse and progressive elements as when we dealt with the race issue."