You catch more flies with honey…
May 22nd, 2013
04:35 PM ET
9 years ago

You catch more flies with honey…

(CNN) – One day after squaring off with reporters in an especially combative White House daily briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney underwent a major shift in tone as he faced the same reporters Wednesday.

Gone were Tuesday's repeated expressions of frustration, stern demeanor, and the suggestion that questions about scandals relating to the IRS, Benghazi talking points, and investigations of media outlets had become as frivolous as those that were raised about President Obama's birth certificate.

Instead, a more cheerful Carney on Tuesday went out of his way to praise White House reporters for getting tough, saying that there are a lot of "legitimate questions out there [and] it's part of our democracy and it's a great part of our democracy."

"The approach we take is, we get the information to you that we have as soon as we can, and we try to get that information to you as quickly as possible and as comprehensively as possible," Carney also said. "Now, quickly and comprehensively are not objectives that [we] always meet. And our approach is, we get the information we have to you and, as we get more information, we fill in the details."

Later, Carney declared that "we absolutely understand that some of the reporting on what are apparently criminal investigations are of interest and in particular interest to reporters and [there are] absolutely valid questions about that…so that's an environment that's legitimate, and we understand."

The charm offensive continued when Carney, who turned 48 Wednesday, said he felt "lucky" to be spending his birthday fielding reporters' questions and that he was "sincere" in his respect for a free press.

There was also individual praise to various reporters, declaring that one asked an "excellent" question regarding Syria and another had come up with a "smart way" to phrase a question on the Department of Justice investigation into the Associated Press.

"There are a lot of you, and you're good at your jobs and you're smart," Carney declared at one point to the more than 30 reporters in the White House Press Briefing room.

"When we have a ton of incoming questions, legitimate questions, you guys are doing your job," he also said.

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  1. Pat F

    Who gives a rats about Jay Carney's demeanor? The press is once again disappearing up its own rump. Where it will there find Obama.

    May 22, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  2. Name Uche Agonsi

    Like I said initially,even the irs issue mighty be a set-up against the Obama Administration. When political opposition turns to extremism that ignores any element of sincere rational thought or common sense arguement, anything goes.

    May 22, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  3. Lisa

    Lets all cry everyone on the left. You can't stand when the truth comes out!

    May 23, 2013 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  4. Jeff

    Carney is one of the biggest liars in the Oweblamer Administration, second only to the big man himself.

    May 23, 2013 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  5. Name king

    Even cnn becoming a fox underling, i hope the people of this nation sees the media for what they are, and that is money runs the world, and fake scandals are the best way to get that money, but we need to ask ourselves,is it worth it to go with the trend of money grubbing media, or see the truth with logic and understandings.

    May 23, 2013 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  6. U.S. Citizen

    Since when did flies like honey?
    These guys are clueless.

    May 23, 2013 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  7. Tully

    It's okay, it's almost over. Soon Obama will be gone, Along with about $8 trillion of taxpayer money. But at least till be remembered in history books as the president that never was or perhaps the most corrupt president in the history of United States of America. Tthanks a lot Democrats!

    May 23, 2013 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  8. Yeah right

    Sure you are that ok to say per my first amendment???

    May 23, 2013 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  9. Paul

    Can't wait for mid year elections. We will have a block party as we watch all these dems lose seats. Then the real party begins as we watch Obama lose control over his administration. Oh sorry he already has list control. Guess we can have a block party for his impeachment.

    May 23, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
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