White House Press Secretary Jay Carney mocked a reporter during a presser on Thursday for asking if President Obama would ever release his college records, calling the notion "preposterous." He also said the president has a record of "unprecedented transparency."
Carney was first asked by a reporter whether Obama could do more to show "leadership on being transparent" with regard to his personal records and related documents.
"Is that from Donald Trump?" Carney quipped.
He continued, "The presidents record of unprecedented transparency in the White House is well established. His record as a candidate both when he ran for the Senate and for President in 2008 and now as a candidate for re-election in terms of transparency is, is, uh, is a solid one and reflects a long tradition of being an open book, as I think he described it when he was asked this question not long ago."
Carney explained it isn't always "pleasant or comfortable" to be as ridiculously transparent as Obama when releasing information about one's private dealings, but "that just comes with the territory."
But Carney's stance on transparency completely changed when a reporter inquired about Obama's college records.
"Right, this is the Donald Trump question," Carney replied. "It is preposterous. This is from the guy who insisted he didn't believe the president was born in the United States."
Carney was obviously trying to lump those who are interested to see what types of college courses Obama took in college into the same category as "birthers." However, many who want to see the president's college transcripts say wanting to see the president's transcripts has nothing to do with his citizenship. Rather they argue it could help provide insight into the types of courses Obama sought out while in college, which some believe promoted radical ideologies.
To be fair, it wasn't "preposterous" to make former President George W. Bush's college transcript public knowledge. Nor was it "preposterous" to release Texas Gov. Rick Perry's college records and then ridicule him for making Cs and Ds.
The press secretary went on to regurgitate the same pre-prepared line that the president's record on transparency is "extremely sound" and that he has provided the necessary documentation expected of someone running for president.
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(H/T: Washington Examiner)