Jay Carney: Hey, Obama didn’t cancel the Keystone pipeline, Republicans did

posted at 6:35 pm on February 21, 2012 by Allahpundit

The fun begins at 4:30 of the clip. Carney’s playing a game here by stressing the weak distinction between canceling the pipeline project outright and “merely” postponing a decision on it until after the election so that environmentalists will keep donating to the Unicorn Prince. The State Department announced the postponement back in November — with the approval of Obama’s pals in the green lobby. Remember?

“This is not a political decision,” [a State Department] said, adding that when it came to White House involvement, “there was no effort to influence our decision.”

Once the State Department broached the idea of a delay, Obama’s political and campaign team began floating the idea to environmental leaders and influential donors who had warned that approval of the project could dampen enthusiasm for the president’s reelection. A number confirmed discussions of the proposal over the past several days.

Essentially Carney wants you to believe that if Obama’s environmentalist allies had told him the postponement was unacceptable, O would have shrugged and said, “Oh well. State’s gotta do what State’s gotta do.” What ended up happening was that, after the decision was postponed, the House GOP squeezed Democrats on the payroll-tax extension until they agreed to include a provision requiring the White House to make a firm decision on the pipeline within 60 days. O’s decision, of course, was to cancel it, ostensibly because “the arbitrary nature of the deadline” left State with little time to consider greener pipeline routers but in reality because he’s not about to alienate a core constituency in the middle of the campaign money war to end all campaign money wars. Not even the NYT op-ed page is willing to spin this crap for him. But then, they don’t get paid to. Well, not by the White House, I mean. I think.


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Bishop!

Who is John Galt on February 21, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Where has Bishop been lately, anyway?

Who is John Galt on February 21, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Carney is such a tool anyway, he makes me sick. Looks like Opie and speaks like I imagine the Devil does (may I never find out!)

Who is John Galt on February 21, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Positively Orwellian.

Kataklysmic on February 21, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Carney’s bucking for a promotion at the MiniTrue.

Lost in Jersey on February 21, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Unicorn Prince. That’s a good one AP.

Hummer53 on February 21, 2012 at 6:39 PM

This guy used to be a journalist. Why is he so bad at lying?

Jim Treacher on February 21, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Where has Bishop been lately, anyway?

I don’t know. I heard Satan was spotted in one of the other threads, so maybe he was needed there for an exorcism.

Who is John Galt on February 21, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Stop asking questions.

RINO in Name Only on February 21, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Always been at war with Eastasia…

thirtyandseven on February 21, 2012 at 6:40 PM

I sense Carney will soon be vacating the WH, along with his incompetent boss (I can dream, can’t I?).

nobar on February 21, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Positively Orwellian.

Kataklysmic on February 21, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Carney’s bucking for a promotion at the MiniTrue.

Lost in Jersey on February 21, 2012 at 6:39 PM

He already works for MiniTrue. What Kayaklys said!

Who is John Galt on February 21, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Most transparently lying administration ever.

rbj on February 21, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Did I just hear Rod Serling’s voice?

jaydee_007 on February 21, 2012 at 6:42 PM

YOU LIE!!

missouriyankee on February 21, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Nice still pic of Carnie there. What a mouth-breather. Napoleon Dynamite finally growed up got himself a real job I guess.

Marcola on February 21, 2012 at 6:43 PM

So the Rockefeller Brothers Fund paid a bunch of lefty loons to get Obama to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline,
and as a result of that, Warren Buffett will rake in a fortune ,
so
it has to be the GOP’s fault

burrata on February 21, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Always been at war with Eastasia…

thirtyandseven on February 21, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Another commenter reminded me of a great quote from Orwell the other day:

In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a rev0lutionary act.

Kataklysmic on February 21, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Democrat press secretaries are all smarmy sleazeballs. Easy to do when the clowns tossing you softball questions are cheerleaders for Ogibonga.

fogw on February 21, 2012 at 6:45 PM

As his hair swirled in the fetid water of a high school toilet, Jay resolved that someday, someday he would rule the world. And then he would make them pay.

Oh, yes. They would pay dearly.

Nom de Boom on February 21, 2012 at 6:45 PM

The its not Obama’s fault or its everyone but Obama’s fault the pipeline was rejected is the popular meme among liberals since about a week after the President rejected the pipeline.

Liberals live and send their communications from an alternate universe anyway, blaming Republicans is the default setting.

I’ve met the devil in various situations, Carney no doubt may be his string puppet but other than the laugh there’s not much similarity.

Speakup on February 21, 2012 at 6:46 PM

I miss Tony Snow. :(

JPeterman on February 21, 2012 at 6:47 PM

This guy used to be a journalist. Why is he so bad at lying?

Jim Treacher on February 21, 2012 at 6:40 PM

It’s not like he does it every day…oh wait.

squint on February 21, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Carney’s such a tool. I think his children will change their names someday just to avoid the shame.

RBMN on February 21, 2012 at 6:47 PM

had warned that approval of the project could dampen enthusiasm for the president’s reelection.

.
And really, isn’t that the real danger here?

ronsfi on February 21, 2012 at 6:48 PM

November 2011: Obama Says Keystone XL Pipeline Decision Will Be His

http://is.gd/0QLqTr

Zcat on February 21, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Holy crap, did Carney just hand the green vote to the Republicans?

/

antipc on February 21, 2012 at 6:49 PM

They don’t call him Carney Barker the Spokesweasel for nothing!

OxyCon on February 21, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Just put on another sweater.

Knott Buyinit on February 21, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Carney’s such a tool. I think his children will change their names someday just to avoid the shame.

RBMN on February 21, 2012 at 6:47 PM

This guy is such a liar that Carnie Wilson might change her name.

Kataklysmic on February 21, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Gotta give em their due. The Dems. can ALWAYS turn a negative into a positive. No matter what, they can come up wioth a way to blame Pubs. Pure genius. I don’t know who on the Dem. payroll comes up with this spin on every thing they do,to then make the pubs the fall guys, but he/she is worth every cent.

they lie on February 21, 2012 at 6:50 PM

It’s hard to imagine any adult taking a job that required them to bold face lie. He must have zero self respect.

aniptofar on February 21, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Where are the Republicans calling this piece of sh%t out for all of the American people to see…?

*crickets*

Seven Percent Solution on February 21, 2012 at 6:52 PM

It’s hard to imagine any adult taking a job that required them to bold face lie. He must have zero self respect.

aniptofar on February 21, 2012 at 6:51 PM

He could have sold his sould to Satan, which wouldn’t shock me.

SouthernGent on February 21, 2012 at 6:52 PM

It’s hard to imagine any adult taking a job that required them to bold face lie. He must have zero self respect.

aniptofar on February 21, 2012 at 6:51 PM

I think that’s actually in the job description.

squint on February 21, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Sooner or later they will run out of somebody to blame…..

gullxn on February 21, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Seven Percent Solution on February 21, 2012 at 6:52 PM

They are too busy panicking over the fact that Romney’s inevitability is slipping away.

nobar on February 21, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Just put on another sweater.

Knott Buyinit on February 21, 2012 at 6:50 PM

And turn that thermostat down.

predator on February 21, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Sooner or later they will run out of somebody to blame…..

gullxn on February 21, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Just off the boat, are we?

/just a little friendly kidding :-)

Nom de Boom on February 21, 2012 at 6:56 PM

The more you lie, the easier it is to trip yourself up. Any police interrogator knows this as well as any parent asking a six year old,”who did it”.

retiredeagle on February 21, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Just put on another sweater.

Knott Buyinit on February 21, 2012 at 6:50 PM

And turn that thermostat down.

predator on February 21, 2012 at 6:55 PM

and eat your chicken mcnuggets!!!

GhoulAid on February 21, 2012 at 7:00 PM

And the 2012 winner of the “I cannot tell a lie” George Washington Cherry Tree Foundation award is…..

portlandon on February 21, 2012 at 7:01 PM

What a freakin’ tool!

Idiot.

Subsunk

Subsunk on February 21, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Gotta give em their due. The Dems. can ALWAYS turn a negative into a positive. No matter what, they can come up wioth a way to blame Pubs. Pure genius. I don’t know who on the Dem. payroll comes up with this spin on every thing they do,to then make the pubs the fall guys, but he/she is worth every cent.

they lie on February 21, 2012 at 6:50 PM

It’s David Axlefraud the astroturf/marketing genius, the guy who can make hospital patient dumping sound like a boy scout helping grandma across the street.

OxyCon on February 21, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Sure Carney, and tell us about how Obama doesn’t play golf or ever go on vacation.

Axion on February 21, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Obama isn’t even responsible for his own decisions. It must be nicetough to be a super-intelligent, hyper-competent… victim.

ghostwriter on February 21, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Tell me that Carney doesn’t look like a punk who spent 2/3rds of his time in high school stuffed in a locker?

wildcat72 on February 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Carney is like a third-string middle school quarterback trying to play in the NFL.

bw222 on February 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Opie gets more comical by the day.

We’re gettin’ real close to “Bagdad Bob” territory here.

Or serious dementia.

Which is it opie?

Tim_CA on February 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM

It doesn’t surprise me one bit.

What amazes me is that the geniuses in the Odumbo administration can’t see that forever asserting that they’ve done nothing wrong, at any time, is completely absurd.

They really must think he’s the messiah.

(If this worst president ever gets re-elected, we’re doomed.)

RedCrow on February 21, 2012 at 7:08 PM

wildcat72 on February 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM

you’re so…..sniff….cruel. i bet you were a bully yourself back in high school weren’t you? i bet you…sniff, sniff…..picked on other kids that…..were…..sniff…..GAY!!!!!! WAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!

GhoulAid on February 21, 2012 at 7:08 PM

This guy used to be a journalist. Why is he so bad at lying?

Jim Treacher on February 21, 2012 at 6:40 PM

You answered your own question, Jim. How many of the MSM “reporters” don’t spin stories to reflect their particular agenda? We are fortunate to have bloggers and new media to fact check both the administration, and their minions in the old media.

simkeith on February 21, 2012 at 7:09 PM

It doesn’t surprise me one bit.

What amazes me is that the geniuses in the Odumbo administration can’t see that forever asserting that they’ve done nothing wrong, at any time, is completely absurd.

They really must think he’s the messiah.

(If this worst president ever gets re-elected, we’re doomed.)

RedCrow on February 21, 2012 at 7:08 PM

It really is astonishing that he can still be north of a 40-percent approval rating.

ghostwriter on February 21, 2012 at 7:10 PM

I’ve met the devil in various situations, Carney no doubt may be his string puppet but other than the laugh there’s not much similarity.

Speakup on February 21, 2012 at 6:46 PM

1. When you met him, did he show signs of hostility towards this country? Rick Santorum tells me he’s up to no good.

2. As a follow up to #1, did he indicate that he was upset over something we’d done? Is Satan’s war on the US our fault? Ron Paul wants to know if we can negotiate a surrender by selling out the Jews.

3. Mike Huckabee told me that Romney told him to ask me to ask you to ask Satan if he was related to Jesus.

4. Chris Matthews was wondering if Satan was a pudgy man with a Napolean complex. I assume the answer to that is, “No, he’s not Chris Matthews”, but I thought I should ask just in case.

RINO in Name Only on February 21, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Not even the NYT op-ed page is willing to spin this crap for him. But then, they don’t get paid to. Well, not by the White House, I mean. I think

Just not directly, but bo has an app for that!

tim c on February 21, 2012 at 7:12 PM

ghostwriter on February 21, 2012 at 7:10 PM

(I noticed we wrote similar comments.)

It amazes me, also.
Gullibility, stupidity, selfishness, laziness, indifference…
I can’t explain it, and I think it’s a world-wide phenomenon(sp?).
It sure is sad.

RedCrow on February 21, 2012 at 7:17 PM

The more you lie, the easier it is to trip yourself up. Any police interrogator knows this as well as any parent asking a six year old,”who did it”.

retiredeagle on February 21, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Can we get the six year old to run the country? It’d be a vast improvement over the mental midgets running it now.

squint on February 21, 2012 at 7:19 PM

and to think that I was worried they’d replace Bobblehead Gibbs with someone who could tell whoppers with a straight face

2nd Ammendment Mother on February 21, 2012 at 7:20 PM

How he says this Sh!t with a straight face is so AWESOME!
/sarc

Sasha List on February 21, 2012 at 7:28 PM

And will our side make anything of this? Noooo…it might offend the Independents….who will soon be paying $5/gal. Our side sucks.

Dingbat63 on February 21, 2012 at 7:28 PM

I’m glad I watched that video. Once I thought Obama was to blame for the cancellation to appease his radical environmental members but not so ! I knew the Republicans who to a person hate oil were behind this !!!

Ragnar Danneskold on February 21, 2012 at 7:28 PM

If he has one, I bet Carney’s dog is even embarrassed to be seen with him in public.

DaveDief on February 21, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Carney is such a tool anyway, he makes me sick. Looks like Opie and speaks like I imagine the Devil does (may I never find out!)

Who is John Galt on February 21, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Funny. Everytime I see him, I see James Spader with glasses.

Bitter Clinger on February 21, 2012 at 7:30 PM

This guy used to be a journalist. Why is he so bad at lying?

Jim Treacher on February 21, 2012 at 6:40 PM

You answered your own question, Jim. How many of the MSM “reporters” don’t spin stories to reflect their particular agenda? We are fortunate to have bloggers and new media to fact check both the administration, and their minions in the old media.

simkeith on February 21, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Yes, hon, that was rather the point.

Jim Treacher on February 21, 2012 at 7:30 PM

The Unicorn Prince!
Brill!

carbon_footprint on February 21, 2012 at 7:37 PM

What good fortune for governments that the people do not think – Adolf Hitler

Conservative4ev on February 21, 2012 at 7:39 PM

What good fortune for governments that the people do not think – Adolf Hitler

Conservative4ev on February 21, 2012 at 7:39 PM

And how did his story end?

Jim Treacher on February 21, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Snicker. He tries to say bold things but he sounds so meek when he says them. Gibbs at least sounded bold and cocky when he lied. I wish someone would analyze his body language because he looks down a lot when he’s talking.

scalleywag on February 21, 2012 at 7:44 PM

What good fortune for governments that the people do not think – Adolf Hitler

Conservative4ev on February 21, 2012 at 7:39 PM
And how did his story end?

Jim Treacher on February 21, 2012 at 7:42 PM

We know how it ends but

“The advertisment is the most truthful part of a newspaper” – Thomas Jefferson :)

Conservative4ev on February 21, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I can’t explain it, and I think it’s a world-wide phenomenon(sp?).
It sure is sad.

RedCrow on February 21, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Not world-wide, just Western “Civilization”-wide.

I gurr-an-tee the newly-envigorated Eastern Bloc ain’t suffering it.

Who is John Galt on February 21, 2012 at 7:48 PM

“This is not a political decision,”

Hahahahahahahaha! Gasp! Wheeze! Snort!

GarandFan on February 21, 2012 at 7:48 PM

I’d give him a wedgie, but I suspect he had so many growing up that he wouldn’t even notice.

CurtZHP on February 21, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Hey, Obama didn’t cancel the Keystone pipeline, Republicans did—-

—-translation, I’m going to lie to you and you’re going to report it like it’s the truth and you’re going to lick my lies up like it’s a warm biscuit to hungry dog.

Press Secretary………….Chief Liar for every administration.

PappyD61 on February 21, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Positively Orwellian.

Kataklysmic on February 21, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Sure is.

Pull all troops out of Iraq based on an arbitrary deadline?..No Problem.

O.K. a pipeline to help make America more energy independent, based on an “arbitrary” deadline…No way.

Some arbitrary deadlines are more equal than others.

Mimzey on February 21, 2012 at 7:57 PM

From the article:

My guess is that, in his centrist heart of hearts, the president wanted to approve it.

Puh-leeze.

hillbillyjim on February 21, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Just put on another sweater.

Knott Buyinit on February 21, 2012 at 6:50 PM

And turn that thermostat down.

predator on February 21, 2012 at 6:55 PM

and eat your chicken mcnuggets!!!

GhoulAid on February 21, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Gas prices??…just put some more air in your tires…thats all you have to do!

Mimzey on February 21, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Of course the NYT and CNN, etc. are going to report that the Republicans blocked the pipeline, just like they’re reporting Republicans are trying to ban birth control. The Republicans will also be blamed for higher gas prices and unemployment-it’s the do-nothing Congress, donchya know? The media aren’t doing it because they are paid to do it by the White House, they do it because supporting the first African American president with biased reporting is as close as they get to religion. It’s going to be a very long election cycle.

talkingpoints on February 21, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Opie gets more comical by the day.

We’re gettin’ real close to “Bagdad Bob” territory here.

Or serious dementia.

Which is it opie?

Tim_CA on February 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM

I think he wins the Bagdad Bob Award again this year. The press secretary for Obama wins it every year.

SC.Charlie on February 21, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Where has Bishop been lately, anyway?

Who is John Galt on February 21, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Considering the news from around the world lately, perhaps deepening his bunker.

climbnjump on February 21, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Always somebody else’s fault.
Always.

NorthernEx on February 21, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Minitruth.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 21, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Jay Carney left TIME Magazine to become Joe Biden’s Press Secretary. Some day, he will find himself-and wish he hadn’t!

KOOLAID2 on February 21, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Pravda has more credibility.

Schadenfreude on February 21, 2012 at 9:34 PM

This guy used to be a journalist. Why is he so bad at lying?

Jim Treacher on February 21, 2012 at 6:40 PM

He eats PEAS!

KOOLAID2 on February 21, 2012 at 9:36 PM

This guy gives real “carneys” a bad name.

mechkiller_k on February 21, 2012 at 10:03 PM

It’s going to be a very long election cycle.

talkingpoints on February 21, 2012 at 8:33 PM

It’s going to be a brutal, OWS, Tea Party, NBPP rocking and rolling election cycle. It ain’t even begun to get warm…

There is so much Big Money in “Super PACS” on 5 sides of every issue, this shiite (or is it Shia?) wil; be the nastiest, most contentious thing we’ve seen since 1848.

When, after successfully invading Mexico, in retrospect, we should have Kept It.

Bunker Up or Hunker Down, Bishop In or drop out, stock food.

And Ammo, if ya wanna eat that food you stocked.

Who is John Galt on February 21, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Considering the news from around the world lately, perhaps deepening his bunker.

climbnjump on February 21, 2012 at 9:10 PM

He should be, see 10:06 post by me.

Who is John Galt on February 21, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Pravda has more credibility.

Schadenfreude on February 21, 2012 at 9:34 PM

They still around? Or should it be “had” more creditability?

Either way, these jokers have none, as in “zero creditability”. It’s amazing they are above 0% approval. Actually, it’s historically catastrophic that Zero is above Zero.

Who is John Galt on February 21, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Bcs of you Obama, nixing the pipeline, at this moment, the full development of the Bakken will not be considered.
Thanks D!ckweed!
Thos in North Dakota really thank you.
This means our roads will continue to deteriorate as a lot of the traffic over them is due to semis trucking oil out of here bcs there’s no pipeline!

Badger40 on February 21, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Badger40 on February 21, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Typical of the CIC…I can’t spell it out or I’d get banned.

Who is John Galt on February 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM

So the WH mouthpiece also says there are no magic solutions to rising gas prices. Yeah, no bleep, Sherlock, yer right! The Keystone Pipeline isn’t magic. Issuing drilling permits isn’t magic. Fracking isn’t magic. Duh!

stukinIL4now on February 21, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Fracking isn’t magic. Duh!

stukinIL4now on February 21, 2012 at 10:47 PM

This is the same magic that poisons the water (nevermind they’re doing thousands of feet down-not near the water table) & causes autism.
And look what it does to well water. It causes it to be flammable!
That is not bcs there’s shallow gas getting in their well water.
It’s the oil companies.
Their killing us, you know.

Badger40 on February 21, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Honestly. I dont understand why these lying politicians aren’t held accountable!

Its not a party issue! Its a free society issue!!!! Wake up idiots!

KMC1 on February 21, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Carney Trash.

Bobby Maurice on February 22, 2012 at 12:30 AM

What a name on that guy. He should be wearing a straw hat with a striped jacket, and giving away kewpie dolls.

Mr. Grump on February 22, 2012 at 1:12 AM

View of the Left (from the NYT article) (emphasis added):

As it turns out, the environmental movement doesn’t just want to shut down Keystone.  Its real goal, as I discovered when I spoke recently to Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club, is much bigger.  “The effort to stop Keystone is part of a broader effort to stop the expansion of the tar sands,” Brune said.  “It is based on choking off the ability to find markets for tar sands oil.”
This is a ludicrous goal.  If it were to succeed, it would be deeply damaging to the national interest of both Canada and the United States.  But it has no chance of succeeding.  Energy is the single most important industry in Canada.  Three-quarters of the Canadian public agree with the Harper government’s diversification strategy.  China’s “thirst” for oil is hardly going to be deterred by the Sierra Club.

AesopFan on February 22, 2012 at 1:29 AM

This guy is more lame than Robert Gibbs! Holy Crap, does anyone believe what comes out of his pie-hole?

tbear44 on February 22, 2012 at 4:05 AM

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