1,900

— The number of times White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has used some variation of "I don’t have the answer" since his first daily briefing with reporters in the White House Brady Press Briefing Room on Feb. 16, 2011, according to Yahoo!.
Jason Reed / Reuters

White House press secretary Jay Carney at the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 20, 2013.

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barneydidit
barneydidit

"Mr. President, did you authorize direct negotiations with the government of Iran?"  "Uhmmm, I don't recall".

"Mr. President, did you authorize the shipment of Hawk missiles to the government of Iran?"  "Uhmmm, I don't recall"

"Mr. President, do you have any knowledge of Oliver North's conversations with the Contras?"  "Uhmm, I don't recall".


Oh....but that was YESTERDAY....so it doesn't count. 

lazarus00000
lazarus00000

Is everyone in america braindead? This fool is a face that has a job of delaying the attention onto other issues. His job is re-direction and stalling.

His statements or lack of, should be attacked in the media for what it is, Hogwash.

lazarus

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

That might just speak to the quality of our press. 

I'm curious if there is a pattern to the questions that drive those responses-you know, like context or something. 

Silly me for wondering.

paulejb
paulejb

Jay Carney, the Artful Dodger

'The breakdown of Mr. Carney’s most-used responses and their frequency:

I don’t have the answer (1,905 times)
I would refer you to someone else (1,383 times)
You already know the answer (1,125 times)
I’m not going to tell you (939 times)
Not that I know of (927 times)
I don’t want to (588 times)
I’m not sure (549 times)
I won’t speculate (525 times)
No comment (429 times)
I’ll get back to you (387 times)
It’s a good question (381 times)
See yesterday’s non-response (231 times)
The president won’t tell me (117 times)"

fitty_three
fitty_three

@paulejb  

Below is a nice caricature of an amoral, lying, hateful, ignorant, and bigoted parasite whose only reason for existence is to project hatred of all things Obama.

You.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Paul,nnto You know what's also missing? Of all the times Carney said, "I'll have to get back to you on that," how many times did he actually, you know, get them the information they'd asked for? That might be nice to know, right?

But, like you said, that would involve a bit of extra effort, maybe some actual reporting, so … yeah.

Sometimes (many times) our media deserves the contempt it gets.

paulejb
paulejb

@Paul,nnto

"You already know the answer (1,125 times)"

Very forthcoming, right, Paul?

paulejb
paulejb

@grape_crush 

Your excuses for the lies, abuses and malfeasance of the Obama regime are threadbare, Grape. Barack Hussein Obama runs the most corrupt regime in American history.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@grape_crush  

Or, "Mistakes Were Made". Another popular utterance from the, ahem, previous administration.