The crowds, the anticipation, the time checks…
Jay Carney’s first appearance behind the podium in the White House press room as President Barack Obama’s new press secretary had all the markings of a mini-movie premiere… Beltway style.
As the hands on the clock passed 12:30 p.m. the tweeting began — he’s late! On the first day!
No detail was too small to note. “Thanks for retiring the pastel ties. No offense to Robert, but it’s nice to see a dark tie,” one reporter said. We think the color was either plum, maroon, or a combination of both.
Carney is the new guy in that job, but far from a new guy to this town. In fact he once used to sit in the reporter seats in the White House briefing room.
“I’m glad to be here. I really appreciate the turnout. I’ve never seen this room this crowded,” Carney began.