White House press secretary Jay Carney earned brownie points from reporters today by straying from the norm. Today in the briefing room, some reporters raised their hands.
The tactic seemed to work in elevating mood levels. Scribes delighted in the new press secretary moving the love around the briefing room by starting in the first rows and then shaking up protocol. As one White House reporter put it, “To use Jay’s words, I think it’s “evolving.” Gibbs went row by row always in the same way. Carney is sticking to traditional front row, most of second row and then going all over the room. There was a lot of criticism from back benchers that Gibbs didn’t move around enough. Carney seems to be trying to address that.”
Indeed he seems to be. Mother Jones‘s David Corn remarked on Twitter, “Carney jumping around the #whbrief room much more than Gibbs. Not getting stuck in front rows. Back rows are happy.”