by Michelle Morin
Colorado’s own Pundit Pete, just a blogger, assembled into the White House Press Briefing room on 3/18/13 after calling for a press pass.
Amongst all the expected White House Press
Corpse Corps, blogger Pete asked the last question of the briefing. Although a very simple question, it apparently was the toughest inquiry in the room. Jay Carney couldn’t even answer it.
See it all here.
Transcription from the White House Briefing Room.
Note that Press Secretary Carney fails to even remotely answer Pete’s questions.
Pundit Pete: One question from Colorado.
MR. CARNEY: From Colorado, sure.
Pundit Pete: All right. I wanted to follow up on this young woman’s question about the high unemployment out in places like Colorado, all around the country, especially in the minority communities — exceptionally high unemployment. And when there is government workers who may be furloughed, millions of Americans unemployed, and family budgets that have been cut, how does the President justify lavish vacations and a golf trip to Florida at taxpayer expense? And does he plan to cut back on his travel?
MR. CARNEY: I can tell you that this President is focused every day on policies that create economic growth and help advance job creation. We have presided over the past three years over an economy that’s produced over 6.3 million private sector jobs, and we have more work to do. And this President’s number-one priority is growth and job creation. When you come to —
Pundit Pete: But it’s not working in the minority communities.
MR. CARNEY: Well, the fact is unemployment has come down. It has not come down nearly enough. And what we need to do is embrace policies that advance job creation, make secure the middle class, and create ladders of opportunity for those who aspire to the middle class. We certainly do not need to embrace economic policies that shift the entire burden of deficit reduction onto senior citizens, middle-class families, Medicaid recipients. The proposal coming out of the House would slash Medicaid by a third.
Pundit Pete: But it doesn’t affect inner-city jobs.
MR. CARNEY: It doesn’t? You don’t think it does?
Pundit Pete: No.
MR. CARNEY: People who depend on Medicaid to help take care of their kids who are disabled. People who depend on Medicaid to take care of their parents who are in nursing homes. People who are not in the middle class but aspire to it, who depend directly on Medicaid. I think you need to examine what the Medicaid program actually does.
Great job, Pundit Pete.