During Thursday afternoon’s press briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked the inevitable: Where does the White House stand on Democratic strategist Hillary Rosen’s comments criticizing Ann Romney’s stay-at-home mom status? His response: he dodged it and attacked Republicans.
“First of all, I have not spoken to the president about this,” Carney started.
He then went on to name the ways Obama has supported women and all the ways, according to Carney, Republicans have attacked women, rattling off pieces of legislation like he was doing a roll call.
Soon after, he rebuffed the idea that Rosen is a frequent White House guest. Reports say the the name “Hillary Rosen” has shown up on the White House visitors log 35 times, suggesting the President — or those in the administration — admires her advice.
“I haven’t seen the records. I don’t know that Hillary Rosen– I know three personally, women named Hillary Rosen,” Carney said. “So I’m not sure that those represent the person we’re talking about necessarily.”
When pressed on her involvement, he added: “I don’t know how man times she’s been here. … I don’t know how to assess her overall relationship to people here in the White House. I have not seen her here very frequently.”