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Words are hard! Jay Carney: ‘I mean the future as also in the present tense’

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Wait, what? Press secretary Carney uttered that nonsense during a briefing yesterday. Words, so hard!

Carney: “I meant the future as also in the present tense.” #huh

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) November 28, 2012

Oh, dear. It depends on what the definition of future is.

No wonder President Obama hasn’t bothered to meet with congressional leaders regarding the fiscal cliff for 13 days; time is hard! But, wait, maybe he did? He plans to meet in the future, which is now? Mind. Blown.

Jay Carney, White House Press Briefing: “I meant ‘the future’ as also in the present tense.”speakwithauthority-jsm.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-fu…

— Jeryl Bier (@SpeakWithAuthor) November 29, 2012

From a partial transcript:

Later in the briefing, another reporter referred back to Carney’s words:

Q I wonder — it sounded like, in answer to Jim’s question when he was saying, do you have to do entitlement reform by the end of the year, your answer was in the future. And I noted that when the President spoke today –
MR. CARNEY: No, I didn’t say it was in the future.
Q — would pressure — when asked about pressuring Democrats, you said, he has vowed to do that in the future.
MR. CARNEY: No, he’s done it in the past and he will do it in the future.
Q We have a record of what you said. But –
MR. CARNEY: Right. I meant “the future” as also in the present tense.

Dude. Twitter users have some fun with Carney’s space-time continuum confusion.

@zekejmiller back to the future at present

— D Joz (@DaJozw) November 28, 2012

Clintonesque. RT @zekejmiller Carney: “I meant the future as also in the present tense.” #huh

— William McCracken (@mccra008) November 28, 2012

Heh. More please, Twitter. It’s not like we can count on the media to ask him “what about your gaaaafes?”

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/11/29/words-are-hard-jay-carney-i-mean-the-future-as-also-in-the-present-tense/


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