With 24 hours left in his capacity as the White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney visited The Colbert Report last night to receive the tough questions from Stephen Colbert, like: “Why are you quitting, you quitter? Only three years?! Man up. There’s a war about to start up in Iraq again. Don’t you want to answer those questions?”
They then covered a diverse range of topics, such as Carney’s realization that he’d been one of the longest-serving press secretaries in the past few decades (“I didn’t realize it was such a high-burnout job”), and also shared one of his biggest regrets: “Occasionally, I took the bait.
“When you’re at the podium, you’re a little above everybody else,” Carney elaborated. “You can dictate, a little bit, how the briefing goes by calling on the next person. And it’s easy to win an exchange: when somebody’s getting riled up and filled with righteous indignation, and if they’re really obnoxious, and you get a little rattled and you sort of engage. You finish the exchange thinking ‘I won that. I killed.’ And then you look at it later on TV and you realize that nobody actually sees the entire exchange. They just see you wagging your finger or looking like a jerk.
“I didn’t do that often,” he amended, “but when I did — ”
“It was to Jonathan Karl of ABC News,” Colbert responded. “You two had some tense moments, right? Now, why don’t you guys just get a room?”
Watch below, via Comedy Central:
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