How do you take a job like this? Robert Gibbs, Obama's first press secretary was such a snarky jerk that you wanted to leave a flaming bag of dog waste on his doorstep and ring the doorbell. This new guy Jay Carney is not so snarky yet, but you can almost hear the snark bacteria making its way from Gibbsy's old letter opener onto Carney's presidential seal coffee mug. It's coming.
Here's how Jay responded to a question at the press briefing about the debt ceiling.
And I would just remind people that the vote to raise the debt ceiling is not a vote for spending. It is a vote to pay our debts, to pay our obligations. And we are the largest economy in the world, the most important economy in the world, absolutely vital to the successful functioning of the financial markets. And this is about being responsible.
Being responsible. Wow