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White House Press Corps Yucks It Up over Jay Carney’s New Beard

After a long holiday hiatus, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney returned to work with a surprise for White House reporters. At the top of Monday’s White House daily briefing, reporters laughed it up with Carney over the Movember-worthy beard he apparently grew over the holidays, which Carney joked was an homage to CBS Radio News White House Correspopndent Mark Knoller.

“What happened?” asked AURN’s April Ryan.

To laughter from the press corps, Carney said “My wife says she likes it, so there.”

“TMI,” someone called out.

After wishing everyone a Happy New Year, and introducing Gene Sperling, Carney added “This is actually an homage to Mark Knoller, but he’s not here today.” where is he e

“He’s back in the back,” another reporter said. “He’s back in the back.”

“You can hear me, Mark!” Carney joked.

While fuller than anything Carney has sported to the podium to date, Carney does have a ways to go before he approaches DefCon Knoller.

Here’s the clip, from C-Span:

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