At today’s White House press briefing, ABC’s Jake Tapper confronted hapless press secretary Jay Carney on the president’s lame Seamus joke during a stump speech earlier this week. For a president who prides himself on his laser-like focus on the serious issues, Barack Obama sure does seem to have a hard time resisting the temptation to distract from them. Funny, that.

Needless to say, Carney didn’t take kindly to Tapper’s question:

Yeah? Well, too bad. Carney and his boss had it coming, and conservatives couldn’t’ve been more pleased:

The Obama camp is going to need to try a new tack, because right now, it’s really in no position to criticize anyone who questions its penchant for distraction.

Wee-ooo! Wee-ooo! Cue the liberal waaaaaaaahmbulance!

Lefty talk show host Bill Press thinks it’s time to focus on the important issues:

After all, when Press cracks jokes about Ann Romney and her horse Rafalca, it’s only for serious journalistic purposes.

Media Matters “research fellow” and articulate Twitchy-basher Oliver Willis mounted his best defense of Jay Carney, and, like Press, highlighted the mainstream media’s notorious obsession with finding faults in Obama. Yes, he’s serious.

President Obama hasn’t formally taken questions from the White House press corps in more than two months, while on the campaign trail in Iowa yesterday he made time for reporters from People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight.

His last news conference was at the G20 in June, when he answered six questions from three reporters on the European debt crisis, the conflict in Syria, and the notion of politics stopping at the water’s edge.

The White House press corps has not formally been given the opportunity to ask questions of the president on U.S. soil since his appearance in the Briefing Room on June 8 (when he said “the private sector is doing fine.“)

Actually, Oliver, it seems to us that the president is reaching a point where he’s even afraid to be confronted by sycophantic “real journalists.”

That Jake Tapper … he’s just such a big bully!

Sorry, Obamaphiles. Stomp your feet all you want, but you don’t get to whine about this and expect to be taken seriously.

Check. Mate.

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