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

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

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.

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.

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

  • http://twitter.com/Stimulus4U Marty Luther

    This administration can say anything. The stupider the comment–the easier to shift the meaning later, and then again later.

  • TwitWit

    Jay Mc Fly

    • John Free

      ‘Gotta get this thing up to 88mph, before I hit th wall…’

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcy-Cook/1001619613 Marcy Cook

    Drinking the “stupid water” in the WH again Jay?

    • nc

      Do they have any other kind?

  • JustLikeAnimals

    Carney when questioned tomorrow: “You’re the only reporter I know who can take something from the past, bring it into the present, and talk about the future, in the past tense……presently.”

    NEWSFLASH: Jay Carney is the love child of Joe Biden.

    • John Free

      Sounds like he may be a descendant of Yogi Berra….js

  • Jack Deth

    ‘Days of Futures Passed’ was NOT a great album!

    And not a good way to go through life. Along with being drunk, Munchkin like and stupid.

  • nc

    Frankly, this is surprising. Libs are lousy at math but genius at English. Look how they control the language to suit their agendas.

  • J.N. Ashby

    Carney has a forked tongue and is selling snake oil? Somehow that seems appropriate. Get it? Because “carney” and “carny”…it’s a pun…. #booo

  • MoxieLouise

    He’s just getting ready for his role as Tiny Tim in the Christmas Carol, all that Ghost of Christmas Future and stuff.

  • TocksNedlog

    See! He was telling the TRUTH when he said that he knows three Hilary Rosen’s . . . past, present & future!