Megyn Kelly: “Fiery exchange between Jay Carney and press corps. … Political war breaking out. … They are accusing Republicans of playing politics here.” [Kelly is also airing Carney, whose long-winded answers are something else.]

Original re press briefing: This will be the White House’s first interaction with media since the President invoked executive privilege re Fast & Furious documents that Attorney General Eric Holder has so far refused to submit to the House Oversight Committee.

UPDATE: Fox also covered Mitt Romney’s speech to Latinos in Florida.

Romney just announced that he’ll support citizenship for anyone who serves in the military.

  • elizabethrc

    I’ve seen and heard a lot of dread press secretaries, but Carney carries one of the traits Obama is famous for: he believes that if he blathers long enough and fast enough people won’t notice that he has no answer. He’s an embarrassment and it’s amusing that he still comes off as an arrogant twit.

  • Hank DeCat

    The NY Times today:

    The Republicans shamelessly turned what should be a
    routine matter into a pointless constitutional confrontation. And the
    White House responded as most administrations do at some point: it
    invoked executive privilege to make a political problem go away…

    The NY Times July 26, 2007:

    The House Judiciary Committee did its duty yesterday,
    voting to cite Harriet Miers, the former White House counsel, and Joshua
    Bolten, the White House chief of staff, for contempt. The Bush
    administration has been acting lawlessly in refusing to hand over
    information that Congress needs to carry out its responsibility to
    oversee the executive branch and investigate its actions when needed. If
    the White House continues its obstruction, Congress should use all of
    the contempt powers at its disposal.

    The NY Times today:

    Mr. Issa has relished making this investigation a
    political fight. Last week, he seemed to bait Mr. Holder when he said in
    a statement, “the Obama administration has not asserted executive
    privilege or any other valid privilege,” so it could not refuse to
    produce the materials…

    The NY Times July 26, 2007:

    The committee really had no choice but to hold Ms. Miers
    in contempt. When she was subpoenaed to testify about the
    administration’s possibly illegal purge of nine United States attorneys,
    she simply refused to show up, citing executive privilege. Invoking
    privilege in response to particular questions might have been warranted —
    the courts could have decided that later. But simply flouting a
    Congressional subpoena is not an option.
    Mr. Bolten has refused to provide Congress with documents it
    requested in the attorney purge investigation, also citing privilege,
    and he has been equally unforthcoming about why he thinks it applies.
    Together, Ms. Miers’s and Mr. Bolten’s response to Congress has simply
    been: “Go away” — a position that finds no support in the Constitution.

    The NY Times today:

    Executive privilege cannot and should not be allowed to
    shield the executive branch from regular, valuable Congressional
    oversight. There was no reason the House committee and the Justice
    Department could not work out a deal to produce the documents requested,
    or some form of them. Instead, they show again that every issue, large
    or small, can be turned into ammunition for political combat.

    The NY Times July 26, 2007:

    It is not too late for President Bush to spare the
    country the trauma, and himself the disgrace, of this particular
    constitutional showdown. There is a simple way out. He should direct Ms.
    Miers and Mr. Bolten to provide Congress with the information to which
    it is entitled.July 26, 2007 NYT quotes from “Defying the Imperial Presidency.”
    I am sick to death of the fact that now that the MSM has been forced to cover Fast & Furious by Obama’s invoking executive privilege, they are trying to dismiss this as a “partisan witch hunt” (with, of course, plenty of screams of r*cism thrown in for good measure). Anyone remember AG Alberto Gonzales? He was run out of DC on a rail by Dems for nothing (Bush fired 9 ADA for “no reason” but politics when, in fact, the POTUS doesn’t need a single d*mn reason to fire ADAs. Clinton fired 92 for political reasons). Gonzales was raked over the coals for what was admitted was inadvertently supplying Congress with incorrect information, and Holder has flat out lied several times.

    And don’t even get me started with the MSM hacks dismissing F&F with “it’s no Watergate.” No sh!t, it’s no Watergate — Watergate was a penny ante failed break in and — oh yeah no one died. Here, we have Brian Terry, probably an ICE agent and at least 200+ Mexicans dead — so yeah, F&F is no effing Watergate.
    BTW — hope everyone is doing well — I’ve been reading the articles, but not comments lately — been crazy busy at work. :-)

    • HARP2

      What do you think the public will think when it dawns on them that Holder screwed up his timeline ?

      First he said he cancelled the program and yet later testified that he knew nothing about it.

      Even Libs should be able to figure out that you can`t cancel something that you know nothing about.

      Obama just put a target on his own back.

  • Hokma

    Carney forgot the name of the border agent who was killed.

  • getfitnow
  • alicewolf

    Sooner or later, one of the WH staff members will blow the whistle. Get on Carney’s goat too much and he might just flip out and tell it like it really is. That would be GREAT……………..

    • getfitnow

      It is truly amazing that they blame Bush. Doesn’t Carney know Holder retracted his statement re: Bush’s ag?
      But if they really believe this, produce the docs. Why risk contempt? PUT UP OR SHUT UP!

  • BronwynsHarbor

    God. Did you hear Jay Carney diss Ed Henry who’s trying to ask him questions? Carney said words to the effect … “given the high amount of interest from YOUR network…” (meaning Fox News, of course).

    Didn’t Ed Henry used to work for CNN? Whatever. He’s good, and it’s cool he’s with Fox News now.

    • KenoshaMarge

      Henry is doing his job. Carney isn’t used to dealing with people that do that. Carney looks like a fool. Not for the first time and I’m sure not the last.

      • FormerLiberal9

        Carney just doesn’t have any class. In other words he is just a petulant little weasel.

        • KenoshaMarge

          “Petulant little weasel” describes Carney perfectly.
          It seems to be common in the Obama White House. Do ya think it’s contagious? 😉

          • FormerLiberal9

            Contagious yes, and all Obama supporters seem to be infected already. Pelosi’s little rant yesterday about voter suppression is another good example. Does that make Nancy a weaselette?

            • KenoshaMarge

              Perhaps. But to me she appears more of a race-baiting lunatic.

  • BronwynsHarbor

    Mitt Romney got a standing ovation from the Latinos. From the little I heard, he promised citizenship to those who serve in the military and he proposed a path to citizenship for all.

    • scottymac54

      I’m curious to see what sort of response this arouses.

    • FormerLiberal9

      I agree with Mitt on giving citizenship to members of the military.

    • Justine00

      So, do non-citizens legally serve in the military? .

      • scottymac54


    • scottymac54

      If using the identity politics angle wasn’t right during Barky’s last campaign (and it wasn’t, IMHO), what’s the justification for Romney’s use of it?

  • jrterrier

    can’t find anything. saw a clip on MSNBC of the President talking; sounded like another speech, with targeted group members standing behind him. this time about student loans. i don’t believe he took questions. actually, i changed the channel because i didn’t want to hear more poiticking. women who want free contraception; same-sex marriage; 16-30yr old immigrants; college students.
    ok, i still think we should be running a contest to see who the next tartegeted group will be.

    • BronwynsHarbor

      Yeah. I think I heard wrong when I said that Obama would be with the press — it’s Jay Carney, and Fox is only monitoring the briefing, not airing it on TV (although they’re streaming it live on their Web site).