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January 23, 2013

White House comments on Beyonce -- sort of

Today, the House voted to suspend the debt limit. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that women could serve in combat. And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced tough questions on Capitol Hill about the fatal attack in Libya.

So at the White House spokesman Jay Carney chastized reporters for asking about what much of America is talking about...Beyonce lip-syncing at President Obama's inauguration ceremony Monday. 

"I'm glad you guys are focused on the important issues of the day here,'' Carney said to reporters at his  briefing. "I just -- as powerful as this office is, we don't control the weather, and as many issues as we deal with here, we still have to choose what we don't deal with and this is one of those issues."

Okay, so what did the president know and when did he know it?

"I have not had the discussion with him," he said. "I'm not sure that I understand the variety and contradictory reports on the matter...What I know about this I mostly know from what I've read and, shockingly, it has not all been consistent.  But my understanding -- and this was as I recall from the inauguration in 2009 -- that as a precaution recordings are made. But I actually have no idea what’s true and what’s not about what happened here, and I don't think it’s really a particularly important issue to address from the podium here."


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