Jay Carney leaves even the mainstream media laughin' 'n' scratchin'

In what must have been one of the worst White House press conferences in memory, Barack Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, himself a former reporter, was cornered by the press corps and flopped miserably in his answers about the mounting failures of Obamacare.

He kept telling reporters to ask the Department of Human Services because it's the agency that's handling it and it supposedly has all the answers. As if Obama and the White House staff were innocent bystanders.

One reporter wondered as Carney keeping giving non-responsive responses: But aren't these basic questions that even you, as a reporter, yourself would be asking, Jay?

Not my job, was the essence of Carney's reply.

Okay, he was asked again, can you assure us that the folks over at HHS will answer our questions?

Or, can't you bring someone from HHS here to answer the questions?

By then, he had made his escape. Be sure to watch the video to the end, as reporters were variously smirking, laughing, scratching and shaking their heads. As a reporter myself for years, I recognize the signs: They thought that they were getting a load of crap and the guy that was handing it to them was pitiful.

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