Carney: Being President "Restricts" Obama’s Ability To Campaign
White House press secretary Jay Carney says being president restricts President Obama from focusing "entirely on the campaign." Transcript of the exchange at today's press briefing below.
Reporter: At this point, the president has had to attend so many more fundraisers than, say, George W. Bush had during this point in his reelection campaign. Does that impact the president's ability to do his day job?
Jay Carney: Well, it does not. It certainly is part of running for president and running for reelection. But as we've discussed here, it is a simple reality that even as he is a candidate for reelection, he continues to be president of the United States. And the demands of the job restrict his capacity, in some instances, to focus entirely on the campaign. He simply cannot do that. So he, and we, carefully allocate his time, working with the campaign, and when matters of state trump campaign requests for his time, that's a fact that he has to live with and we have to live with because that is his primary responsibility.