Statement by Pawlenty for President Press Secretary Alex Conant in response to Jay Carney's comments to White House press pool

"You have to drink a lot of Guinness before President Obama's budget starts to look 'balanced' and 'serious'. The White House has no problem attacking conservatives who have the courage to propose plans to save Medicare, but then the President shrinks from the fight when the tables are turned. It's pretty sad that one funny tweet is all that's needed to expose President Obama's irresponsible hypocrisy."

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BACKGROUND

NOTE: Carney would not comment specifically on Tim Pawlenty's "European pub crawl" tweet, but he did say that POTUS has "put forth a serious deficit reduction plan."

"But he also is for a balanced plan."

Jay Carney press gaggle

White House pool report, May 29, 2011

Jay came back to gaggle briefly. No confirmations on staff or personnel announcements. 

Check quotes against transcript 

Carney said he has not spoken with POTUS about Karzai statement on civilian deaths. He did say U.S. military officials "work very hard" to avoid civilians. Said Karzai has broached the subject numerous times in the past.

"Those are concerns we share and take very seriously," Carney said.

On meeting with House Republicans this week, Carney said POTUS is looking forward to the meeting, calling it "an important part of the process." Majority of Americans expect leaders to get in a room and come up with solutions, Carey said, "rather than just to trade opinions back and forth."

Carney would not comment specifically on Tim Pawlenty's "European pub crawl" tweet, but he did say that POTUS has "put forth a serious deficit reduction plan."

"But he also is for a balanced plan."

Would not confirm national security appointments set for Monday, but Carney was asked about WaPo story about Cartwright and Dempsey.

Responded that POTUS's relationships with his military advisers and the Pentagon are "excellent." 

While Carney would not confirm that Mike McFaul is headed to Russia as ambassador, he did not rule out he might take the job someday.


"I would take that job, but nobody's offered it," Carney joked. "I would love to get back to Moscow at some point.