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ABC reporter asks who paid for Michelle’s birthday party; Carney won’t say

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White House chief spokesman Jay Carney deflected a reporter’s question asking who paid for the first lady’s 50th birthday bash at Wednesday’s press briefing.

“The first lady had her 50th birthday party and I believe you said that the president picks up the cost for that party?” asked ABC’s chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl.

“I think we put out information on that,” Carney said. “I don’t have it here. I refer you to the East Wing.” The White House’s East Wing includes the office space for the first lady and her staff.

“I was just wondering if you have an estimate on what the cost was?” Karl prodded.

“I don’t, but I would refer you to the East Wing,” Carney said, putting an end to this line of questioning.

Acting on Carney’s statement, “I think we put out information on that,” White House “Statements & Releases” going back two weeks make no mention of who’s footing the bill for the first lady’s celebration.

The only mention of her birthday among the White House blogs within the same two-week time frame is one dated Jan. 17, titled, Our 15 Favorite FLOTUS Moments for the First Lady’s 50th Birthday.

All of which begs the question: Just who did pay for Michelle’s birthday bash?

Watch the exchange, then check out O’Reilly reporter makes celebs squirm with Obama questions at Sundance.

H/T: Mediaite


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